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July 26th, 2005
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2 for 2
At the end of the day yesterday, my boss and I were struggling with an InDesign file. It's a cover for a journal that is 2-color. A preflight of the file was showing the 2 spot colors but was also showing process black in there. We hunted down some things that were overset (and I figured out what that meant), but we still couldn't track down all the process black. This morning, I realized that I could search for formatting, just like you can in Word. So I found the empty paragraphs that were colored black. It's nice to know that all my Word experience is still good for something. As a side note, this cover was pretty lazily designed. The overset stuff was due to reusing things from other places instead of cleanly creating it from scratch to fit the new thing. And there were lots of extra hard returns instead of placing things correctly with the various alignment options. Are designers generally lazy like this, creating things that work regardless of how easy they are to maintain?

Right after figuring this out, I helped my boss with a LaTeX problem. That's the second time I've helped her with something, and I've been using LaTeX for only 3 months now. Pretty cool.

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From:bitty
Date:July 26th, 2005 01:39 pm (UTC)

*duck*

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I've been using LaTeX for only 3 months now


!!! Bad Queue! Didn't you pay attention to the lectures in school?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
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From:queue
Date:July 26th, 2005 02:26 pm (UTC)

Re: *duck*

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Would you have left that alone if I had left a Queue Point in there for you?
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From:bitty
Date:July 26th, 2005 02:29 pm (UTC)

Re: *duck*

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Probably not. Why don't you put one in there for me and we'll find out?
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From:treacle_well
Date:July 27th, 2005 01:47 am (UTC)
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I am always encountering documents where people have used weirdly placed paragraph breaks, extra spaces (often to force line breaks!), and multiple tabs to get stuff to line up where they want it to.

Then they change things and all the formatting is fucked because they used a hodgepodge of returns, extra spaces,and multiple tabs and they can't figure out why things are going all wacky or how to fix it because they refuse to set their options to show them things like their paragraph breaks, extra spaces and multiple tabs.

It sometimes annoys me when I have to clean up after this (but they do think I'm brilliant when I make things look all sensible again).
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From:queue
Date:July 27th, 2005 01:52 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I usually run across that phenomenon when I'm looking at someone's resume in Word. If the person is there, I usually try to take it as an opportunity to teach them about tabs.
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