Since a few days, the ÉSAD Pyrénees is switching its standardized formatting template for master thesis from to (md → php → html → ). Responsive web & print design, side notes, images notes, appendices, interviews, bibliography... The goal is to speed up the formatting phase to leave more time for writing, and to promote the sharing of the produced documents.

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@julienbidoret this is very cool. I'm curious to know the students' reaction to this. In other contexts, I noticed a lot of resistance to custom workflows because of the stress-heavy time of thesis writing...

@entreprecariat Thanks! For some of the students I work with, indesign is already an unusual workflow, and many of them have a rather clumsy use of it (anchoring notes is hard…) Some of them are used to writing tools like Zettlr, Evernote (plain text / markdown). I imagined this tool as the hypothesis bringing the least friction from the native files, while building on heavily documented, easily hostable and rather simple language that is PHP. Some have already tested it, and the feedbacks are pretty good so far. Text integration is faster than in Indesign! (It's when it comes to the iconography that things become a bit more complex.)

@julienbidoret amazing, curious to see the results. Is there an archive online?

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