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August 26th, 2005
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From:queue
Date:August 28th, 2005 11:08 am (UTC)
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Luckily, someone else deals with the math professors at my work :-)

I get to deal mostly with the computer people, which means they generally have a bit more of a clue. Of course, it sometimes means that they're more likely to try fiddling with things, which makes the job interesting at times.

For our books, we have a style file that we try to send to the authors before they start writing so that they can set things up how we like it. We don't have the same thing for our journals yet, but that's something that we're going to be doing pretty soon. Of course, not everyone will use them, or use them correctly, but it at least makes it easier in some cases.
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From:shadesong
Date:August 28th, 2005 03:22 pm (UTC)
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I deal with both the math and computer guys, but you're correct in that the computer guys tend to have more Clue - also, there are fewer of them, and they're significantly more self-sufficient.

Hm. We ought to set up a style guide.
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From:queue
Date:August 29th, 2005 12:55 pm (UTC)
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A style guide is really a must. A style file can make some of the things in the style guide automated, so people can have the correct page geometry, font size, heading style, etc. automatically.

What sort of publication do you work on?
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From:shadesong
Date:August 29th, 2005 01:01 pm (UTC)
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Not a publication - I'm a secretary in the math/computer science department of A Major University. :) My work with LaTeX is primarily editing/posting abstracts for seminars. So it's not a massive part of my job, but it's an unvarying pain in the ass whenever it comes up.
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From:queue
Date:August 29th, 2005 01:11 pm (UTC)
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I would imagine that a style file for something like an abstract would be a relatively simple thing to do, since I imagine there's not a whole lot giong on layout-wise in an abstract.
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From:shadesong
Date:August 29th, 2005 01:23 pm (UTC)
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*nods* Basic layout, true... it's all the funky mathematic symbols they fill the damn things with. *makes a face*

I am moving to Boston to be with docorion soon; this will then cease to be a problem. But in the meantime, the school year's beginning, and I'm getting bitchslapped with this stuff.

What sort of publication do you work for?
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From:queue
Date:August 29th, 2005 01:37 pm (UTC)
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http://www.akpeters.com/

So I work with math books, computer books, and a computer journal. Sometimes we do things in InDesign, but everything I've worked on so far has been in LaTeX.
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From:shadesong
Date:August 29th, 2005 01:45 pm (UTC)
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Ah!

We don't use any of your textbooks, sadly. *sigh* I could always use an in with a publisher, but no...
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