I have spent some time with google in order to find an answer to the
following questions. Unfortunatly, I was not satisfied with the
answers, which I now hope to find here.
It is my plan not to use the MS Office suite for the production of my
PhD thesis (in chemistry). I have used Miktex some years ago during my
studies for some project reports, and I remember beeing quite
satisfied with the results. My Master thesis, on the other hand, I
wrote in word.. and although I remember not having too many
difficulties, there were some nasty obstacles to be overcome.
Obstacles which I simply do not want to risk having repeated a second
time on a much bigger scale.
I this mailing list I read several reports of people who either had
written their thesis in Latex or ConTeXt. There was a mention of Latex
beeing designed for mathematic purposes, while ConTeXt was said to be
better suited for the intergration of graphics or larger/more complex
1) Finding the right context
For now I had quite some difficulties to find that proper Latex
distribution - a problem that actually led me to the existence of
ConTeXt. I am wondering which latex distribution I should choose in
order to work with ConTeXt? I am running Windows Vista (64-bit). Or is
there a ConTeXt stand alone package that will absolutely satisfy my me
in my needs? In principle, all I need is
2) The right editor
What is the preferred editor for ConTeXt? for such a project? Is there
any loss in functionality when using Texniccenter with ConTeXt than
with MikTex instead?
3) I have seen some thesis templates/examples in this mailinglist. Can
anyone point me to additional sources regarding the creation of a PhD
Thesis with ConTeXt? What is the advantage over Latex, what are the
disadvantages? Is there a win-win distribution somewhere on the table?
4) Has anyone used a typesetting suite like ContTeXt with CVS?
5) Is the ConTeXt reference system compatible with Endnote?
Is there any point to have latex installed, when context can do the
trick? Or lets ask the devils advocate the other way around: What is
the point of installing context, when latex could do the trick? Apart
that I have to re-learn latex anyway.. what is better with Context?