[texhax] LaTeX in the papers
pierre.mackay at comcast.net
Sun Dec 20 23:05:27 CET 2009
The journals /Classical Antiquity/ (for 16 years) and /Rhetorica/ (for
11 years) have been set in TeX for the University of California Press.
In addition there have been about 20 monographs, including one in
Arabic, English, Greek and Latin, and the recent translation of
Coarelli's /Rome/. Almost the entire corpus of the works of Erasmus is
set using TeX. There are numerous Greek studies set using TeX in
Europe, along with others in mediaeval Italian history and literature.
A massive study of surgical instruments found in the Pompeii excavations
was done in TeX and the associated map of Pompeii (often complimented by
derivative imitations) was done using Metafont in a fairly unusual way.
I guess this amounts to a sort of humanist specialization, but it is one
in which math mode hardly ever appears. That may be one of the reasons
why, to quote your response:
It is the first time that I encountered a mention of LaTeX in "general"
(i. e. non-specialist) press.
An associated reason may be the all too general sense that derived forms
of TeX, most specifically LaTeX, are of interest exclusively as vehicles
for the swift production of technical papers, which LaTeX, to do it
justice, seems to be very good at. All the major examples of humanist
publication I am directly aware of avoid LaTeX. We do lots of
non-technical typesetting, but we see so little interest in anything
that is not primarily in math mode that we don't find the occasion to
say much about it.
Humanist Typesetting& Graphics
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