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May
9
comment Is this typeface intentionally so uneven, or is this some display error?
@Ryan no, I just compared it to a LaTeX paper which uses no deviation of the standard stale, just a normal \documentclass[a4paper,10pt]{article}, which should be in Computer Modern. It sets nicely, very even and legible.
Jul
5
comment How to create a pictogram representing “experimental therapy”?
Thank you very much. I was afraid that a simple beaker with a question mark looks like "get his lab results", but the idea was really helpful, I used it for the final version - see my answer for it.
May
23
comment How can I ensure that a .pdf file I sent to a publisher has the same layout as on my computer?
We couldn't find the exact problem, but I imagine this could have been the culprit.
Apr
15
comment How can non-designers learn to approve a print layout?
@Philip Regan, you probably work in a company which does lots of publishing. 99% of the text we create at work won't be ever read by anybody not on our team. Any styling more complicated than what we are using here in Stack Exchange posts is just overkill for our daily work. Every one of us produces maybe 2-3 documents for publishing per year, and we place much more emphasis on the content than on the design (just like our readers). We are inexperienced, that's why it doesn't go smooth.
Apr
15
comment How can non-designers learn to approve a print layout?
@Philip Regan Typography is (luckily) given in the guidelines, and I know grammar and punctuation reasonably well. But maybe what I need is a good source to learn the very basic rules of layout. I agree that an artist should be allowed to place an image asymmetrically; for me, it is enough to center it, but I need something to remind me to check if a jerky mouse movement hasn't shifted it a bit to the right, because I don't have the eye to notice that something is amiss when I just look at the page.
Apr
15
comment How can non-designers learn to approve a print layout?
There are (short, simple) guidelines, but they are mostly already incorporated in the template anyway, as in "body text must be Times New Roman size 9". Some can be checked, like "There should be no empty line between a heading and the following paragraph". But then there are some which are probably too much "common sense" to have been listed explicitly, like the thing about the table margin. It seems that my co-workers just catch these, while I don't. And LaTeX is quite rare, because most prefer Word. There is no budget for a professional proofreader on our side.
Apr
15
comment How can non-designers learn to approve a print layout?
I find this very sensible, only it looks like I am very innovative in my mistakes. If I can find a standard checklist, I'll use both.
Apr
15
comment How can non-designers learn to approve a print layout?
On the "includes the set of everything" problem: I hoped that somebody has noticed which areas are most likely to break silently (I would notice a stray bold word in the middle of the text, so I don't need to be reminded of that) and has made a compilation of "problem areas" such as "If a column includes anything different from body text and headings, check the margins, the last line before and the first after the unusual object".
Apr
15
comment How can non-designers learn to approve a print layout?
On the proposal for assembly lining: Once the layout broke when we had almost everything ready (a coauthor opened the Word 2007 document in OpenOffice, made important changes, and saved in an OpenOffice format). I had to recreate the whole formatting from scratch. I still had lots of errors to repair when submitted. Besides, I can't/am not allowed to compose without the final formatting.
Apr
15
comment How can non-designers learn to approve a print layout?
@Philip Regan I don't decide the final look, the conference organizer does. But he doesn't get to see the paper after he has approved the content. There is a publisher who combines all contributions to a book called "proceedings" and takes care of printing, but he is not allowed to make any changes to the files I am sending him, not even to remove an empty line which got inserted after a heading - he must tell me the line is there and I must send the new file.
Apr
15
comment How can I ensure that a .pdf file I sent to a publisher has the same layout as on my computer?
@e100 This is the term we are given by the conference organisers and the publishers. I can understand why they appropriated it even if it doesn't fit; it communicates clearly to authors that the paper now has to look really good.
Apr
15
comment How can I ensure that a .pdf file I sent to a publisher has the same layout as on my computer?
Sorry if I wasn't clear. To convert, I used "Print -> Adobe PDF" in Word (because "Save as" doesn't let me change the settings for embedding fonts). Both files you can see in the picture are PDF, one as I submitted, the other one as they received. I am accustomed that a pdf sometimes looks different than the doc. I edited the question to make it more clear.