Citing e-mail addresses/URLs in text

Subject: Citing e-mail addresses/URLs in text
From: geoff-h -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA
Date: Wed, 12 Feb 1997 14:33:32 -0600

Apologies if you get this twice; I'm sure we've discussed
this on both CEL and Techwr-l. Recently, I've been getting
calls from people looking for _Food for Thought_, the CEL
charity cookbook (details below)... often to report
problems with my e-mail address or the web site URL. Many
people consider an address in the form "reach me at
geoff-h -at- mtl -dot- feric -dot- ca, my work address" to include the comma
after "ca" in the address. So if you're citing web and
other Internet addresses to a general audience, the best
bet still seems to be to put them on a separate line where
they'll have no punctuation to confuse anyone.

For those who want more information on _Food for Thought_:

"Food for Thought" is a free for the downloading cookbook.
Some 50 editors from the copyediting-l list contributed
enough recipes to fill an 80-page, professionally designed
cookbook that we've donated to charity. Any charitable
cause can download the cookbook and produce it at whatever
level of quality their budget permits: from 300 dpi laser
plus photocopying, right up to 2400 dpi filmsetter output
plus offset printing and perfect binding. Charities can
sell the book and keep the proceeds to fund their
activities. There are no royalties and no strings attached
whatsoever, as this is a charitable donation by the
contributors. Our original goal was to support literacy
organisations (we _are_ writers and editors, after all!),
but any worthy charity (children's charities, food banks)
would be a suitable user of the book.

For a copy of the cookboook, tune your browser to:

http://home.sprynet.com/sprynet/bblinn/

and download to your heart's (this Hart's?) content. (Be
patient... Sprynet has been having some trouble, so you may
have to try outside business hours to connect.) You'll find
two different sets of files: Adobe Acrobat PDF files, which
you need the Acrobat reader application (available at
www.adobe.com) to read and print, and postscript printer
files that you can copy to or download to any postscript
printer, including a filmsetter.

To catch any last-minute gremlins, have a look at the
output to be sure it's OK; for example, the Acrobat version
has a few mysteries remaining (e.g., curly quotes randomly
changed to straight quotes) but otherwise looks fine to us.
If you encounter a problem, let me know; I can send along
replacement pages on request.

One small glitch to fix next year: the book is formatted so
that it will fit two pages at a time (side by side in
landscape format) on 8.5 X 11 paper to reduce printing
costs, but I printed it one per page in Acrobat and in
postscript. (Sadly, there's no obvious way to print both
copies directly onto the same sheet of paper at this point;
you'll have to leave that to a commercial printer or
service bureau, or do it manually.) If you're outside North
America and use A4 paper, my design may make the headers
and footers crop a bit tightly. It's not a catastrophe, but
neither is it the optimal solution. You can probably print
the files at a 95% of final size and get good results. If
there's significant demand for an A4 format version, I can
work on this too.

--Geoff Hart @8^{)} geoff-h -at- mtl -dot- feric -dot- ca
Disclaimer: Speaking for myself, not FERIC.

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