Hello everyone, nice to meet you all, first time poster here and all that :-)
I'll try to keep this trim. I'm a student in a Belgian school of translators, starting my final year. The "master's thesis" (or "dissertation"? Not sure about the English term. Whatever) I'm supposed to do will consist mainly in a translation (English to French) of a short book, or of selected chapters from a longer book. And as I recently found out typography is a subject I really dig, I've decided to work on a book about just that. Still choosing between "Stop Stealing Sheep" and "Type and Typography", but this isn't the point.
Now to the question. When it comes to producing text content, which is what I'm doing, I'm fairly sure there are much better pieces of software than the usual OOo or MS Word. I dunno, maybe allowing better control of text formatting, more features, whatever. I'm a newbie to this, but I s'pose there's GOT to be something better than the word processors I've been using so far. And since my translation is about typography, I figure using the best tools available would be a valuable addition to the final work.
Any ideas? Or should I just stick to Open Office? Here my requirements:
1) Free or cheap. I'm a poor student.
2) Windows or Linux. I don't own a mac.
3) Possibility to save or convert my work in Microsoft Word format without too much hassle. I know, I know, it sucks, but it's officially required by the school. However, having a more "professional" file included as an annex would kick ass. Perhaps I'd even use that one to print, and the .doc to give to the school as requested.
Voilà. Sorry for not having searched much on the Web, I've always found community answers were much more useful than search engine answers. However, don't hesitate to just post a link and tell me to figure it out from there. Your help would be very appreciated.