Editors that support conditionals

Subject: Editors that support conditionals
From: Andrew Harvie <withanie -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2016 15:00:11 -0400

G'day all,

We're all familiar with HAT programs that use conditionals to produce
multiple targets from the same document. What I'm looking for today is a
cheap-to-free text editor that can do something similar.

The situation is that I've been asked to maintain a set of documents for
the marketing department. Those documents are currently in Word format and
are nearly identical. I rebel at the thought of trying to keep the
matching bits up to date across documents. My first impulse was to
transfer the whole thing to Flare and build multiple outputs, but that's
not allowed since I have the only license here and someone else might need
to edit.
A web search turned up LyX. Close, but I don't think it will work for
us. (After three hours of trying and searching, I couldn't figure out how
to override or edit a .Layout file to change the title font between serif
and sans, for goodness sakes!)

Oh, and this editor I'm searching for must be able to export a
nicely-formatted document back to MS Word, with minimal post-processing.

Any suggestions?


-- Andrew Harvie
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