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Forgive me if I am wrong but I thought that there where programs such as
LATEX/LyX tools that are for this purpose? 
I used one awhile back when I had a assignment to format.

On Wed, 9 Oct 2013, at 10:39 AM, Jean Duvigneau wrote:
Hello, I am David Shengelia, from Tbilisi, georgia. I am scientist and
work in the institute of manuscipts. I wish to share with you with a
definite problem. The matter is that preparing of old texts (coptic,
syrian, old armenian, old georgian, old greek...) for publication, their
page-proof is connected with different serious problems. Preparing of
these texts for publication (or critical editon) has its requirements.For
one, who knows special program for page-proof (InDisigne, Pagmake...),
but is not specialist in those old languages it will very difficult
prepare such texts for edition. That's why in practice the specialists
have to correct the page-proofed text several times. Besides that, these
programs don't contain special gadgets for critical editions. For
example, the variant of concrete word in critical edition, in reference
must be marked not with a footnote, but with a number of the line in
which this word is written in main text. The
 above-mentioned, the page-proofed programs don't have such functions.
 For these purposes in these programs must be specially 'done' frame,
 where by hand it will be written not only the needed reference, but also
 the number of corresponding line.But the matter becomes more complicated
 by the fact that any text, while working on it, can be changed several
 times. And in this case in reference the designation of the
 corresponding number of the line must be corrected by hand. This problem
 is mentioned by us as an illustration; there are plenty of such
For the solution of the problems, connected with the critical edition,
the austrian scientist Stefan Hagel worked out the special program CTE
which can fully automatize all operations
( connected with the publication of the
text. This program is simple; it has MS Word/LibreOfficeWriter interface.
That's why the scientists easily study it and they, themselves, can
easily prepare the critical text for publication. But unfortunately this
program is very expensive and it isn't popularized free of charge. We
think, from the program point of view, that adding of the necessary
gadgets to the LibreOfficWriter or to the similar programs must not be
difficult. LibreOfficeWriter has many gadgets and it will be necessary
only to unite them for facilitating the work.
If there will be no juridical casus, may be it will be possible to set up
easily used, simple alternative program of 'CTE' for spreading free of
charge on the bases of LibreOfficeWriter or the similiar program. With
great pleasure I'll take part in enumerating those concrete functions,
which are necessary for carrying out such programs. With respect David
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