I’ve started writing my undergrad capstone paper for my Computer Science major, and I’m having a hard time deciding what format to write it in. I definitely don’t want to do it in MS Word, but the only other documents I know how to make are HTML/XHTML docs. I’m willing to learn a new document format, but there are a lot to choose from and I’m not sure where to start. Have you written big papers in a format other than MS Word? If so, what format was it and how did it turn out? What is the learning curve like? Would you use the format again?
I’ll need to print a nice bound copy of the final revision, but I’d also like to put it on the web (also maybe make a PDF). Other than this ability to convert to other formats, I only need basic formatting (paragraphs, bold, italics, font control, headings, pagination, maybe lists?) and dynamic page numbering. Obviously I don’t know much about what I’m talking about (which is the point of this post), so I’ll shut up now and let you post your experiences/suggestions. That is, assuming anyone reads this blog 🙂