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Subject: Re: Converting XML into ODT document to print as paper
From: "Michael Kay mike@xxxxxxxxxxxx" <xsl-list-service@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 30 Sep 2020 09:20:15 -0000
Re:  Converting XML into ODT document to print as paper
> BUTb&all these solutions depend on the Word file using Names Styles
consistently, and that's a human (editorial) requirement too.

The first two editions of my book, produced by Wrox in Birmingham UK before
the Wiley takeover, were done end-to-end in Word right through to final
camera-ready copy, and it totally relied on authors using a
closed/locked/shared template with fixed styles and macros. I don't know
exactly what they did, but as the author you were completely constrained to
use the fixed styles. You could negotiate changes with the editor (the
templates could be fine-tuned for each book if there were special requirements
e.g. for running heads) but you couldn't make them unilaterally. It worked
extremely well, far better than the Wiley process where the content was lobbed
accross the wall from editorial to production, who used completely different
technology, meaning things like indexing and cross-references couldn't be done
until the final pagination was available, and used technology that wasn't
available to the author. All the final production work, including indexing,
was lost when you started work on the next edition.

It's amazing what you can do in Word with the right skill set and with good

Michael Kay

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