I have been using Latex (with TexStudio) for some time to keep a research notebook and made some observations:
- After the overall style of a document has more or less settled, one wants to worry about formatting as little as possible. All the Latex markup for even simple tasks (like including an image) becomes tedious.
- Liberal use of
\newcommandhelps facilitate repetitive tasks, but due to difficulties of Latex syntax (like lack of named arguments and abstruse compiler errors), it's not always straightforward. Also, sometimes updating old
\newcommands requires going back and changing every instance of previous usage.
- Rearranging parts of the notebook (as some sections sprawl more than expected or the logical structure of the project evolves) sometimes takes a bit of finesse.
It is often said that Latex separates style from content. It certainly does a much better job of this than alternatives like Word, but it doesn't, really - for example, if I have some information that needs to be presented as a table, I end up having the information interwoven with low-level markup for table structure.
Are there any major problems with this idea? Has this already been done? Am I massively underestimating how much work it would be?