Originally Posted by Lsatenstein
Since you asked for experience, let me just indicate what I was able to do with MS word. Since then I use OO but it is applicable as well. When a document is going to be large, as you profess yours to be, then use the master document, chapter include method. All WPs allow links to permit you to write and main a chapter or section as a separate file.
Yes, I know, but then one of the other goal (which I didn't metion but only hinted at) is that then the whole text is more or less limited to be read by OO. Of course, it is possible to 'Export As...' and stuff like that, but it's another step in the chain that possibly could bring problems.
I'd like to keep all components as close as possible to their orginal formats. Text in a regular ASCII text file, jpeg picture in a jpeg file (not embedded inside an OO page for instance), etc...
If this approach is not satisfactory, check out latex, or even contact a publisher and see what they recommend.
Could be way too early to contact a publisher. And that would be only be one. Maybe they do not all use the same setup. Best is to start as flexible as possible. Latex could be something worthwhile. I know nothing about it but have read some things here and there saying that it's good to organize pages, i.e placement of text, pictures. Maybe it's possible to then make a Latex template with placeholders and then by using the Template Tools (Perl) the document could be assembled whne needed.
I could keep all components in a SQLite database.
Hey, I could turn that into a framework if it works ;-)
Thanks for the input.