DesktopPublishers

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DesktopPublishers are used to produce documents in a WYSIWYG fashion.

They are more visual than WordProcessors.

They are certainly more intuitive than using a MarkupLanguage and TextEditors.


Desktop publishing programs go beyond the domain of word processors.

A text editor assumes the end product is a file.

A word processor assumes you are creating a printed document, and includes features to control the appearance of the printed page as well as facilities for creating and editing text.

A desktop publishing program assumes you are creating a document for reproduction, and provides facilities beyond that of a word processor to control the appearance of the document, and to generate files that can be used directly by a printer to print the document.

The most popular desktop publishing program is Quark eXpress, which originated on the Macintosh, but was subsequently ported to Windows. A strong current competitor is Adobe InDesign?. Microsoft has a low end entry called Publisher. Under Unix, Framemaker is the option. There is also a promising open source entry called Scribus.

While desktop publishers may include editing capability, they normally assume you have created your text with a word processor, and will import it into the publication you are creating.


It might just be appropriate to create a DesktopPublisherFamily, since we have one for Word Processors. Entrants would include MS Publisher, Quark Express, and Adobe InDesign?. --DMcCunney

And I did, and populated it. --DMcCunney


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