This book is the second installment for those who want to free themselves from the clutches of bloated, buggy,
slow, inflexible word processors.
I rated it a little lower than the first volume simply because I haven't used it yet. I have skimmed it. It's about the
tools (and using them) for more complex document creation with figures, graphs, tables and charts and the markup
language(s) they use to describe these objects.
From what I've seen of the final printed output of this set of software, the result is similar to running your own
typesetting shop, but without requiring the ability to read backwards, and turning your laser printer into a
web-offset printing press. Fancy that: turning your laser printer into a printing press! You CAN do it!
I have found with these tools, familiarity breeds speed. I hate using the mouse. I cannot find one which fits my hands.
And I don't see why I should have to put up with sore hands. I have found the document systems which use markup
to be much better suited for me, because I can just type, without having to hunt down the mouse every few minutes.
This also makes them far more productive.
For a short initial learning period, I save enormous amounts of time WYSIWYG word processors effortlessly burn.
I also avoid the frustration of having to work so slowly with a ...wheeled rodent. The time these tools have saved me
made the time invested in learning them a good investment.