[texhax] LaTeX in the papers

Pierre MacKay pierre.mackay at comcast.net
Sun Dec 20 23:05:27 CET 2009

The journals /Classical Antiquity/ (for 16 years) and /Rhetorica/ (for 
11 years) have been set in TeX for the University of California Press.
In addition there have been about 20 monographs, including one in 
Arabic, English, Greek and Latin, and the recent translation of 
Coarelli's /Rome/.  Almost the entire corpus of the works of Erasmus is 
set using TeX.  There are numerous Greek studies set using TeX in 
Europe, along with others in mediaeval Italian history and literature.  
A massive study of surgical instruments found in the Pompeii excavations 
was done in TeX and the associated map of Pompeii (often complimented by 
derivative imitations) was done using Metafont in a fairly unusual way.

I guess this amounts to a sort of humanist specialization, but it is one 
in which math mode hardly ever appears.  That may be one of the reasons 
why, to quote your response:

It is the first time that I encountered a mention of LaTeX in "general"
(i. e. non-specialist) press.

An associated reason may be the all too general sense that derived forms 
of TeX, most specifically LaTeX, are of interest exclusively as vehicles 
for the swift production of technical papers, which LaTeX, to do it 
justice, seems to be very good at.  All the major examples of humanist 
publication I am directly aware of avoid LaTeX.  We do lots of 
non-technical typesetting, but we see so little interest in anything 
that is not primarily in math mode that we don't find the occasion to 
say much about it.

Pierre MacKay

Humanist Typesetting&  Graphics

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