Re: Using Word for book publishing

Subject: Re: Using Word for book publishing
From: Chris Gooch <chris -dot- gooch -at- rocketmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2011 16:45:35 +0100 (BST)


> TeX produces PostScript, so it follows that Acrobat
> Distiller or a similar tool can produce a PDF document

Just a quick note to say that most modern installations
of TeX/LaTeX would include pdftex, which generates PDF
directly (no dvi/ps stages necessary).

To answer the original poster's initial post - have you
seen the author's output yet? Are they using a standard
style file or one of their own?

I would ask them to provide PDF of a short mock-up book
and take it from there. Possibly you only need minor
tweaks to the syle file which your author (or another
TeX person) could do.

Also - are they really using TeX, or LaTeX? LaTeX is
higher level and therefore easier to work with (works
with logical / semantic markup, similar to docbook in
the XML world). If they are using plain TeX, they are
presumably doing so because they have styles that they
know produce good camera ready output and have done so
for 20 years or more.

I can't see how introducing a DTP or word processor tool
into the work flow could possibly help.

hth,
Chris.

Chris Gooch
Freelance Technical Writer / Software Developer,
Sheffield, UK.
http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/christopher-gooch/17/865/97a








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