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Marcel Oliver <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 27 Oct 1997 13:34:59 -0800
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Phillip Helbig wrote:
> Discussion has concentrated on front matter, but let's not forget other
> things which require an author to CHANGE HIS INPUT according to which
> journal is to be used, even if the content is the same.  These are at
> least spelling, whether to italicise foreign words, use of punctuation
> in abbreviations and the placement of \caption in figures and tables.

I don't think spelling, abbreviations etc. should be handled by the
document class.  The reasons are simple: It will almost surely create
a large amount of infrequently used macros that the average author
will not want to remember (or look up every time), assuming he/she is
aware of their existence at all.  Moreover, it is easy to accidentally
not use the macro, so that the publisher will still be required
to do careful proofreading.

So while frontmatter/bibliography standarization is very desirable
and necassary, I don't see any reason to promote the proliferation
of a large number of trivial macros which increase the author's
and don't decrease the publisher's workload.