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Re: Using Mathematica to typeset books

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  • Subject: [mg125509] Re: Using Mathematica to typeset books
  • From: mike at necomp.us
  • Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2012 06:32:59 -0500 (EST)
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On Mar 11, 5:07 am, Armand Tamzarian <mike.honeychu... at gmail.com>
wrote:
> On Mar 8, 8:41 pm, m... at necomp.us wrote:
>
> > I'm a newbie to Mathematica. I work with a publisher that is looking
> > to use Mathematica to typeset its books. Is it possible to do this and
> > what are some books that may be of interest. A lot of the books are
> > now set using LaTex but the publisher is looking to set up some with
> > Mathematica and then using CDF for some website tutorials.
>
> Mike it is certainly possible. I have typeset a book and 12 issues of
> Mathematica in Education and Research. The problem for users at the
> moment is that Wolfram have failed to continue to update AuthorTools.
> This was a handy suite of tools for creating tables of contents,
> indexes and so on. These tools are still bundled with Mathematica but haven't
> been updated for a few versions and do not all work as seemlessly as
> they once did. So this has resulted in the process of typesetting a
> book being more difficult now that it used to be. There are work
> arounds but the Wolfram have iincreased the degree of difficulty by
> not updating AuthorTools -- thus creating a disincentive for many
> users to use Mathematica for typesetting. Hopefully Wolfram will get serious
> about supporting (physical) publishing of books and re-introduce an
> updated version of these tools in the next release.
>
> To typeset a book in Mathematica for your publisher you need to talk to your
> publisher about their styling requirements and then create a
> stylesheet based on those requirements. You can also create other
> stylesheets to support electronic version of the text. Without more
> information it is a bit difficult to add much more.
>
> Mike

Thanks for your responses. I'm going to give Amazon a try to see if
there are any related books.



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