[texhax] MS Word & Mathtype to TeX

Victor Ivrii vivrii at gmail.com
Mon Dec 19 16:22:43 CET 2011

On Mon, Dec 19, 2011 at 9:25 AM, Barbara Beeton <bnb at ams.org> wrote:

> at the american mathematical society, submissions
> are peer-reviewed before they come to the office
> for production.  what the reviewers and subject
> editors accept for publication, we at the office
> have to deal with.

In the last years I have reviewed many rather long articles. I receive
them in pdf format and it is a way as I prefer to deal with them.
However these pdfs are never produced with hyperref - which definitely
makes them less friendly. Usually I go to arXiv and find the source
and recompile with hyperref. I believe that the simple courtesy to to
reviewers is to send them more functional files.

>  if an author is unable to
> produce a file in the "normalized" form required
> for production, then it will be modified by a
> skilled keyboarder (someone on our own staff, if
> available, but sometimes "contracted out"), or,
> in the worst case, rekeyboarded.  this is very
> much more expensive than handling a file created
> by an author knowledgeable in latex who has read
> and adhered to the guidelines.  with some extra
> effort by the author, everyone benefits in the
> end because of lowered costs and, perhaps more
> importantly, the decreased likelihood of
> introduced errors.

What actually means "normalized"? Having the same appearance as other
articles in the same journal or having the same appearance as other
articles of the same author? As an author, as a reviewer, and as a
reader I prefer the latter because I am seldom interested in more than
1 article in the same issue of the journal but I often read the
several articles of the same author (f.e. in those not so rare cases
when I am asked to review an article which is in fact "Chapter V of
the monograph in disguise" (i.e. impossible to understand without
"Chapters I-IV" scattered between journals (and styles).

Sure, I want to read articles created by knowledgeable TeX Users and
by no means I want to see the articles created by "TeX abusers" and
"TeX perverts"

Victor Ivrii, Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Toronto

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