Re: real books

Subject: Re: real books
From: Julie Stickler <jstickler -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 6 Sep 2011 10:09:27 -0400

I'm a bit confused as to why when dealing with an scientist who has
already written multiple textbooks, and is described as a "power user"
of TeX, anyone would want him to abandon a tool that Wikipedia
describes as "designed with two main goals in mind: to allow anybody
to produce high-quality books using a reasonable amount of effort, and
to provide a system that would give exactly the same results on all
computers, now and in the future."

As a scientist, he's going to want to have his formula laid out in a
particular manner, and he's using a tool designed to do just that.
He's already familiar with formatting, and wants to use a style guide.

So I guess I'm not seeing the problem here? Unless it's that he's not
using Word like the rest of the world, and instead is using a tool
that the scientific community specifically uses for book layout?

What is it that you need to do with his files? General editing?
Where is the advantage of forcing him into Word?

Julie Stickler
Blogging about Agile and technical writing

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