Looking for a word processing software where it’s much easier to set up your styles. There are several modes.

Design mode let you set style properties. You can change font size with slider, edit html code, edit style name. You have many ways of selecting colors. You can set style shortcuts. You can save design to use on other documents.

Content mode ignores what paper you write on. It is only intended to show the content. This mode has little layout to remove distractions. You can however easily move between other documents.

When you are finished writing, you can adjust the content so that it flows correctly. Don’t know if it make sense to have it’s own mode for this.

@marcuse1w
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Sounds a bit it like writing in Markdown or org-mode and then use the tool of your choice (e.g. Pandoc) to produce the formatted result.

@GenkiFeral
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I wouldn’t say Markdown has ‘styles’, but I certainly love it for my own notes/files. I also have a web extension for it and one for email. Markdown editors can work within your own file system to link from one note to another or to add images. it is very easy to learn, butfind the best editor and setting up a markdown editor may be a pain. I use a few: Mousepad, Obsidian (the only nonFOSS), MarkText, Atom, and ghostwriter. The latter has no tabs and that is a downer. Mousepad has no outline and that is also limiting, but still has its place for me. If I had a business, I’d want a real word processor like LibreOffice. Markdown doesn’t have fonts and colors of fonts, so LibreOffice is necessary for that. org-mode is supposedly very hard to learn and can’t be used anywhere. i can use MarkDown in the cloud 0 like on NextCloud’s webpage. Many social networks can use bits and pieces of markdown, too.

m-p{3}
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The great thing about Markdown is its simplicity. Focus on the actual content and keep the formatting to a minimum (other than headers, italics, bold, lists, etc) and then apply some styling afterwards through Pandoc (like how you style a whole website through CSS) during conversion. I guess you could also rely on a bit of HTML tags if you need to put some colors for emphasis that is outside what Markdown does.

Vegafjord eo
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I’ll check them out.

@brombek
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Have a look at https://www.lyx.org/ for inspiration. It is a content editor with LaTeX for doing the styling and rendering. It is quite complicated and you need to learn some LaTeX if you want to use it to full potential. But if you have to write a research doc or a thesis there is no better tool IMHO.

Vegafjord eo
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11Y

This looks very promising!

@Zerush
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I use Cherry Tree (FOSS) in desktop and online the Blue Velvet Editor (it’s not OpenSource, but maybe good for the searched inspiration). Its a free complete online editor which stores the files locally in html format. So you can open it in the browser and also use it for easily create a webpage if you have a host. (the editor is part of the SSuite, works also in mobile, no registration, excellent privacy and TOS).

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