Marcel Oliver writes:
> My basic claim is that base LaTeX is too narrowly defined, and therefore
> causes a lot of the document exchange problems which seem to occur
> frequently not only between author and publisher, but also between
> different authors
yup, i'd agree
> Solution: Move the best-of-breed third-party packages into the
> LaTeX core distribution. For mathematical publishing the choice
well, AMSLaTeX *is* core, isnt it? i think the big thing that should
move to "packages" is natbib...
> - The biggest mess of all is the front matter. I remember this has
> been discussed before on this list. Did anything ever result from
> that discussion?
presumably not, or we would have heard about it. i agree 100% its
needed. solving this would be a major step forward. Chris and Frank,
now step forward and say "yes, but it all _depends_, where is the
precise specification of the problem etc etc etc".....
if you ask me, its a case for a _de facto_ standard, if someone
strong-minded steps forward
> comes to solving concrete problems, but don't offer much guidance for
> how to write documents that are intended for submission to publishers,
> or require easy exchange in loosely organized (academic)
perhaps some of us believe that writing such a book would encourage a
process we believe is retrograde :-}