[XeTeX] (Xe)LaTeX output in a non-(Xe)LaTeX scholarly community

John Was john.was at ntlworld.com
Sat Oct 23 10:12:31 CEST 2010

OUP will normally be amenable if saving money is in prospect!  I think the 
barrier here has always been the copy-editing process (now more vulnerable 
since house style is not seen as so important and indeed there is no longer 
any copy-editing department at OUP).  A critical edition will normally 
require a rather small amount of copy-editing, though there is still the 
introduction and commentary to consider - but if a TeX-savvy author is 
willing to implement those copy-editing changes and suggestions s/he agrees 
with, there is no real difficulty.  The copy-editor would then presumably 
work by pen(cil) on a draft PDF printout in the traditional way (or by 
annotating the PDF electronically, which can be tedious).

Or of course one can simply trust the author not to make any mistakes at 
all, and forgo copy-editing.  Even twenty years ago this was mentioned as a 
possibility at OUP but no one dared to do it in my time there.

But I hope this doesn't become too much of a trend or I'll have to look for 
something else to do!  In the meantime, I must dust down my old brown OCT of 


----- Original Message ----- 
From: <jherrman at allegheny.edu>
To: <xetex at tug.org>
Sent: 22 October 2010 16:36
Subject: Re: [XeTeX] (Xe)LaTeX output in a non-(Xe)LaTeX scholarly community

> I'm a classicist editing Greek texts and I also recently found OUP
> willing to let me set my own book with XeTeX and submit PDF to
> them. It wasn't hard to convince them at all, actually, since it looks
> good and saves them time and production expense. The production
> process went really smoothly, all in all.
> For articles and collaborative work, on the other hand, I use XeTeX
> until the final phase and then generate a plain text version with
> pdftotext, and use OpenOffice to manually reformat everything. It's
> annoying, but I can usually fix up a doc version of an article or
> chapter in an hour or two at most. It's much easier now with utf Greek
> encoding.
> Jud Herrman
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