[OS X TeX] Book Design Resources
will.adams at frycomm.com
Mon Nov 27 08:46:06 EST 2006
On Nov 27, 2006, at 8:35 AM, David Oliver wrote:
> I am laying the groundwork for a new book that is of more general
> character than usual LaTeX physics and math articles and
> textbooks. Were there no math involved, I would create this project
> in Adobe CS with the book layout and typesetting managed in
> InDesign. But mathematics is a significant part of this book and it
> cannot be done to the required level of quality without LaTeX. The
> book will therefore be done in LaTeX.
Say rather that it can't be done reasonably, quickly and w/o
introducing the need to proof all equations character for character.
People do high-quality mathematics using things like York Graphics'
Xmath in Quark, and there's a similar plug-in for Adobe InDesign.
> Since the archive of packages is so vast, I invite users to
> recommend packages they have found helpful for more flexible book
> design than the LaTeX defaults. I am aware of the geometry package
> and intend to use it. Is the memoir class the most well-suited for
> a project of this kind? Are their other packages of which I am
> unaware that provide resources for a richer book design environment
> than the defaults?
The memoir class has its own commands to replace those of the
In terms of its having its own manual, and ``swallowing up'' other
excellent classes (e.g., booktabs) it's in a class of its own for
this sort of thing and I highly recommend it.
> Lastly, there have been a number of documents describing the
> installation of new fonts in LaTeX, a process that is less simple
> than one might hope, and some of these go pack some years. What is
> the most up to date document describing installation of new fonts?
If possible, use XeTeX <http://scripts.sil.org/xetex> and Will
Robertson's fontspec <http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/macros/xetex/
If not, Philipp Lehman's _The Font Installation Guide_ is as good as
it gets: <http://www.tug.org/tex-archive/info/Type1fonts/
senior graphic designer
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