LyX is a document processor which breaks, according to the developers, the tradition of " title="WYSIWYG">WYSIWYG " title="Word processor">word processors. The developers claim to follow the " title="WYSIWYM">WYSIWYM (what you see is what you mean) paradigm they developed for their project, which means that the user only has to care about the structure and content of the text. The formatting is performed, according to the structure given by the user, by " title="LaTeX">LATEX. LyX handles documents ranging from small articles to books with lots of cross-references and illustrations. Recent versions of the software support right-to-left languages like " title="Hebrew">Hebrew and " title="Arabic language">Arabic. A separate release for " title="Chinese language">Chinese, " title="Japanese language">Japanese and " title="Korean language">Korean language support is available.
LyX acts as a front-end to " title="LaTeX">LaTEX, an advanced " title="Typesetting">typesetting system. Specific knowledge of the LATEX document processing system is not necessary but may improve editing with LyX significantly.
The LyX document processor is available for various operating systems like several Unix platforms including Mac" title="Mac OS X">OS X, " title="OS/2">OS/2, " title="Windows">Windows/" title="Cygwin">Cygwin and " title="Linux">Linux.
LyX was first published under the name Lyrix, but had to be renamed because of a word processor by " title="SCO">SCO of the same name. The name LyX was chosen because the file-suffix for Lyrix-files was already '.lyx'.
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