SPUG: Minimal Perl web site & notification requests

Tim Maher tim at consultix-inc.com
Sun Jun 12 08:22:08 PDT 2005

On Sat, Jun 11, 2005 at 07:21:06PM -0700, Mike McLaughlin wrote:
> Imagine how much cheaper and quicker it would be if they didn't use
> MS-word. 

And used what other "standard format" instead?  Like it or not,
standards are important, and MS-Word is the current standard for the
publishing industry.

> I am announcing now that I refuse to deal with a publisher who
> not only uses MS-word but then complains that it takes too long and has to
> charge extra.

The publisher is /not/ charging the readers extra because the
author has to submit the manuscript in MS-Word format.

The book's price is based on the estimated final page count,
which is shrinking by 10-25% per chapter as I convert my Courier-
font troff/tbl-based tables into MS-Word proportional-font
tables. So if anything, the conversion to MS-Word is /diminishing/ the
price of the book, compared to the format I've been using.

My gripe is just that it's taking a lot of time to do the
conversion, largely because the MS-Word "macro" facility is so
lame that I can't automate very many of the necessary markup

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