Re: real books

Subject: Re: real books
From: Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2011 09:28:46 -0700

Have we beaten this topic to death yet? > Chris

On Wed, Sep 7, 2011 at 9:45 PM, Deborah Hemstreet <dvora -at- tech-challenged -dot- com
> wrote:

> Actually, TeX is quite powerful and to one used to using it, Word can't
> compare.
>
> Word CAN do the job, but it requires knowledge of all the commands and
> layout issues.
>
> TeX on the other hand is pure commands. No WSIYWIG. Many scientists prefer
> it. TeX is VERY popular amongst academia here in Israel.
>
> The problem is you have to learn it....
>
> Having said all that, where I'm working, we are producing quality journal
> articles for our journal at Rambam hosptial. (Look up RMMJ.org.il (I
> think, just started there).
>
> The articles are not as I would have produced as I only just started there.
> But they've improved. Take a look and see if you like the quality. All of
> that was done in Word 2007. I am now working in Word 2010.
>
> Give me a call if you need help.
>
> Debbie
> **
>
> *
> <http://deborah.hemstreet.**googlepages.com/home<http://deborah.hemstreet.googlepages.com/home>
> >*
>
>
>
> On 09/06/2011 3:03 PM, Erika Yanovich wrote:
>
>> Hi all,
>>
>> Our chief scientist (the author of several textbooks) is writing a new
>> series (something between an idiot's guide and a scientific textbook) that
>> we should edit and format. The neighboring marcom dept will design the cover
>> and take care of production. Our tool is MS Word and that's what we intended
>> to use for this purpose, but the author claims that Word can't produce
>> 'real' books (by this he means the look and feel of modern textbooks).
>>
>> Is this true? Are there any [hidden] advanced features of Word for this
>> purpose, not used by tech writers? What tools would you use?
>> The author prefers TeX for which he has (and can develop) styles guides.
>> Needless to say, he is a power user of TeX and he is used to produce
>> camera-ready copies in postscript.
>>
>> I have mixed feelings about him doing the formatting (apparently he
>> doesn't mind, but isn't his time too expensive for this?), based on our
>> definitions (which is what he apparently expects). Also, how would we get it
>> for review? What formats are available to export from TeX?
>>
>> Any thoughts appreciated.
>>
>> Erika
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References:
real books: From: Erika Yanovich
Re: real books: From: Deborah Hemstreet

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