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Re: Technical Publishing Made Easy with New Wolfram Publicon Software

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  • Subject: [mg50316] Re: Technical Publishing Made Easy with New Wolfram Publicon Software
  • From: andre at wolfram.com (Andre Kuzniarek)
  • Date: Thu, 26 Aug 2004 06:51:23 -0400 (EDT)
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As the Publicon lead developer I'll be trying my best to respond to
Publicon-related posts as time permits.

Regarding footnotes, the ideal scenario is to support both endnotes
and footnotes, but since our notebook-based interface follows a
scrolling paradigm (like HTML browsers), footnotes are simply not
viable. However, notes can be inserted in such a way that they are
converted as footnotes in LaTeX, separately from endnotes inserted in
the same document. The APS format offers an example of that.

Conversion to Publicon from Mathematica is not necessarily a one way
street, but the most useful features in Publicon are not in
Mathematica yet. We certainly plan to integrate these features into
Mathematica in the future.

The learning curve for Publicon is inarguably less intimidating than
for LaTeX. A new user is not learning a new language to typeset some
math in Publicon. Of course, once you get "under the hood" in order to
customize things, there is no choice but to expose the user to some
amount of Mathematica syntax which could be a bit daunting to novices
but not to anyone on this group.

I agree that pagination and other aspects of print production based on
notebook technology are more limited than with page layout
applications. Until these features are expanded, we will continue
presenting Publicon as a tool primarily for the composition of
structured electronic technical documents.

Gary Helzer asked about documentation. I can point to Publicon's
complete documentation online here:

http://documents.wolfram.com/publicon/

The documentation contains task-based examples, but stand-alone
tutorials and white papers are pending. Please make suggestions to me
about specific areas that could use enhancement, such as palette,
style sheet, and LaTeX conversion customization, or customization of
reference types, etc.

I also hope all TeX conversion bugs will be reported directly to us,
as we plan to do an update soon which could perhaps remedy any that
might be fairly trivial. We are also preparing a trial version which
should appear online by next week.

Sincerely,

Andre Kuzniarek
Document Technology Manager
Wolfram Research
andre at wolfram.com


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