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Re: scientific publishing process (was Re: Cost and access)

From: Phillip Lord <phillip.lord@newcastle.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, 06 Oct 2014 16:29:29 +0100
To: "Peter F. Patel-Schneider" <pfpschneider@gmail.com>
Cc: <semantic-web@w3.org>, <public-lod@w3.org>
Message-ID: <87vbnxgqsm.fsf@newcastle.ac.uk>
"Peter F. Patel-Schneider" <pfpschneider@gmail.com> writes:
> However, my point was not about looking good.  It was about being able to see
> the paper in the way that the author intended. 

Yes, I understand this. It's not something that I consider at all
important, which perhaps represents our different view points. Readers
have different preferences. I prefer reading in inverse video; I like to
be able to change font size to zoom in and out. I quite like fixed width
fonts. Other people like the two column thing. Other people want things
read to them.

Who cares what the authors intend? I mean, they are not reading the
paper, are they?


> I do write papers with considerable math in them, so my experience may
> not be typical, but whenever I have tried to produce HTML versions of
> my papers, I have ended up quite frustrated because even I cannot get
> them to display the way I want them to.

I've been using mathjax on my website for a long time and it seems to
work well, although I am not maths heavy.


> It may be that there are now good tools for producing HTML that carries the
> intent of the author.  htlatex has been mentioned in this thread.  A solution
> that uses htlatex would have the benefit of building on much of the work that
> has been done to make latex a reasonable technology for producing papers.  If
> someone wants to create the necessary infrastructure to make htlatex work as
> well as pdflatex does, then feel free.

It's more to make htlatex work as well as lncs.sty works. htlatex
produces reasonable, if dull, HTML of the bat.

Phil
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