I am about to choose a typesetting system for the publication projects I am
involved in. These are books up to 500-750 pages, with alot of figures, CMYK
or lineart images, cross references, several series of margin notes and
footnotes, drop caps, lists of figures, indices, tables of contents etc.
I know myself well enough to realize that will only be able to learn the
commands and syntax of one system. The two that looks promising to my
applications are *** and ConTeXt, although many of the packages I would
use in *** (e.g. lettrine, fancyhdr, varioref, ledmac etc.) don't seem to
have equivalent commands or macros in ConTeXt (and I don't know how much
work would be involved in creating such macros). On the other hand, ConTeXt
seems to be more parameter-driven when it comes to page size, layout,
formatting etc. This may be important, since I will never be able to use the
existing *** layouts as they are "out of the box".
I would appreciate all and any comments on these issues. A similar message
was posted to the ConTeXt list.