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Job opportunity - John C. Kirk

Aug. 14th, 2003

10:13 pm - Job opportunity

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As a follow-up to my last entry, a thought occurs to me. When I've finished the report, it has to be printed, bound, etc. The guidelines also "strongly recommend" that TeX or LaTeX is used for this. I'm currently writing it in Word, since I don't know how to use the other systems - my basic plan is that once I've finished it, I'll get my supervisor to check it over, then learn the relevant package while he's reading it, and convert it over, print it up, etc. before the submission deadline.

However, thinking of "things I've learned from my commercial experience", this seems like a good time to delegate. Obviously the project itself has to be all my own work. However, as far as I know, there's no rule that says I can't get someone else to help out with the typing (e.g. if I wrote the thing by hand, then gave it to someone else to type it up). And I'm guessing that there are other people around who already know how to use LaTeX. So, job offer time. I will pay someone £100 to convert a Word document into the equivalent LaTeX format. All the relevant info is in section 4 of this page - basically, the report will be up to 40 pages long, + an appendix containing source code. Chances are that this will be a last minute rush, e.g. I'd finish the Word version on Thursday evening, and need to laser-print it on Friday morning. There will be some symbols, boxes in there, as well as plain text.

So, any takers? Feel free to haggle, particularly if you want to take care of the printing/binding for a higher price.

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From:bazzalisk
Date:August 14th, 2003 03:28 pm (UTC)
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Well, I think it fair to say that I know LaTeX reasonably well (both my class-work projects, and the vast majority of my fictional pieces were origionaly written in this format), and am somewhat in need of work. Personaly I'd say you'd be a lot better off doing yourself though, LaTeX is realy not hard to use, and produces very professional looking work with little work.

Just my 0.02 Euros
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From:johnckirk
Date:August 18th, 2003 09:14 am (UTC)
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Thanks for the honest response. I've installed TeX Live 7, and ordered two LaTeX books ("LATEX : a document preparation system user's guide and reference manual" and "The LaTeX Companion") which should be here in the next day or so. So, I'll take a look at them once I've finished the main write-up, to see how quickly I can get to grips with it (it's certainly something that I should learn sooner or later). But I may well still get in touch with you.
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From:dynix
Date:August 21st, 2003 03:48 pm (UTC)
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Its not so bad. I started both my writeup and uting latex (no I *wont* spell it properly) two days before my project ws due. Miketex (the windows version) is easy enough and what it does is let you not bother worrying about most of the formatting.

Was fine in the end though I advise you leave more time esp if you want to add a lot of pictures in - it can be temperamental with that.
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From:johnckirk
Date:August 21st, 2003 04:02 pm (UTC)
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Thanks - I got the books through this morning, so I've read the first couple of chapters of one of them (and some online docs), and played around with the package a bit. It actually seems fairly straightforward, once I've got past the "Gah! Scary!" first impression :) A bit like HTML/CSS, in terms of separating out logical vs physical design issues.

There aren't really any pictures as such, just DRSs, which are a bit like nested tables. There are some examples on this page (down at the very bottom).

Anyway, I'm feeling a bit better about the project now. There's still a lot to do, but I finally feel like I'm getting somewhere; everything seems to be clicking into place in my mind. Which is good :)
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From:rjw1
Date:August 14th, 2003 05:09 pm (UTC)
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all TeX( not tnat that you can write it properly just using web forms :)) helps with is layout and the abilty to do formulas very well. If youve doen it word that should be fine.

TeX can just make it look a lot more professinal.
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