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ToC1. Why electronic?

What was wrong with paper?

Nothing—​in fact with documents of any length, most people prefer to print off what they want to read and sit down somewhere comfortable, or take it away with them, which is why our pages provide a  Printer-friendly PDF  button.

But as Sperberg-McQueen (1998) points out, it's important to keep copies online for other people to refer to, for several reasons:

Up to start of section1.1. ‘Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic’ (Clarke, 1984)

There's nothing magic about publishing a journal electronically: it still needs work. The technology makes it faster and easier to do the final act of publishing, but you still have to locate authors, gather articles, sift the wheat from the chaff, ask for changes, and (most importantly) edit the articles to publication-quality standards (see the panel ‘How much leeway do you allow your authors?’). This means you need a designed style for the journal, to which all articles must conform (see section 2.2, ‘Stylesheets’). Authors usually understand this, but it is your job as editor to enforce it.

Publication is where the technology comes into its own, because the details of formatting are handled by the stylesheets: all the editor has to do is make sure that everything in each article is labelled with the correct style name (a process called ‘marking-up’). With a suitable stylesheet, this only takes a few minutes per article, unless an author needs something particularly unusual.1

  1. One author needed to reproduce some text typeset in a triangle, in a footnote, within the text of the footnote.

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    This kind of thing always needs manual intervention. 

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Schewe, Manfred and Even, Susanne (Eds): Scenario (2007), URI:〈〉.

Sayers, Dorothy Leigh: Busman's Honeymoon (1937), Hodder & Stoughton, London.

Clarke, Arthur C: Hazards of Prophecy: The Failure of Imagination (1984) in Profiles of the Future: An Enquiry into the Limits of the Possible, pp. 14, 21, 36, Henry Holt, Baltimore, MD.

Sperberg-McQueen, Michael: How to make your documents last longer than ten minutes (1998) in Occasional Lectures on Documents, 10 October 1998, University College Cork (UCC Computer Centre/CELT Project) [in preparation].

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