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On 10/16/2010 12:33 PM, Marc Paré wrote:
Le 2010-10-16 15:29, j.martin.pedersen a écrit :

I will subscribe and attempt to find time to contribute.


Thanks, you are exactly the academic type of person I would be
interested in having opinions in the marketing section. We need to hear
more about academic use of LibO, advantages and drawbacks.

Note that Martin was referring to humanities and social science academics. My experience in engineering and science is slightly different. There is significant usage of LaTeX at many engineering universities (I hadn't heard of anyone at my university attempting a technical thesis using something else), and LaTeX uses BibTeX to organize references. There are various open source bibliography reference managers for BibTeX -- I've heard good things about Jab Ref. I believe EndNote can export to BibTeX format, but I don't know about the other direction. Most people I knew simply managed a BibTeX database directly.

I think LibO could gain significant traction with the university crowd if there were any kind of robust interaction with either LaTeX or BibTeX. I know there is the OOoLaTeX extension, but its capabilities are quite limited compared to using LaTeX directly. The advantage of LibO is that it is much easier to learn and produce something without a lot of training.


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