LyX is a document processor which breaks, according to the developers, the tradition of WYSIWYG word processors. The developers claim to follow the 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 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 Hebrew and Arabic. A separate release for Chinese, Japanese and Korean language support is available.
LyX was first published under the name Lyrix, but had to be renamed because of a word processor by SCO of the same name. The name LyX was chosen because the file-suffix for Lyrix-files was already '.lyx'.
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