A LyX success

Steve Litt slitt at troubleshooters.com
Sat Jul 25 22:07:30 UTC 2020



On Fri, 24 Jul 2020 10:55:37 -0500
Les <denhamles at gmail.com> wrote:

> My memoir "Blizzards and Broken Grousers -- a Year of Antarctic
> Glaciology" has been accepted in its final form for publication by the
> Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG).
> The form in which it has been accepted is a single 348-page PDF file
> containing all of the book except the cover and a title page, ready
> for printing. I requested this, because I did not want to scour proofs
> someone else had typeset, taking into consideration 110 figures, a
> five-page glossary, and an 18-page index.
> The PDF is generated from LyX.
> I used the Memoir class, adjusting text layout to match exactly the
> specifications SEG supplied. This required quite an extensive
> preamble, and some TeX within the document. The most difficult parts
> were getting the chapter pagestyle exactly as requested, and getting
> the bibliography format exactly as requested.
> I have a Master document and eleven Child documents. The figures
> include scanned paper originals (PNG), photographs (JPEG), graphs
> (Grace), and maps (PDF generated using Generic Mapping Tools).
> The editing process involved me sharing my PDF on Dropbox. The editor
> marked corrections (using Adobe, I think) and I changed the LyX files
> to make the corrections, and generated a new PDF. She was particularly
> grateful that I could use the correct symbol (\textminus) for
> negative temperatures. Apparently most authors settle for an en-dash.
> The last correction made was replacing a non-standard degree symbol I
> had included in a quote copied and pasted from the Australian
> Antarctic Division website.
> Initial approval of the book was determined last December. I
> reformatted it to the SEG specification I sent the first reformatted
> PDF the first week in January, and received the first corrections in
> March (with an apology for delays due to the pandemic). I have
> received two more sets of corrections, and sent two more revisions,
> before receiving the publication agreement for me to sign on Monday.
> I have been using LyX for about twenty years, and am extremely
> grateful to the volunteers who have made it what  it is today.
> Thanks,

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