Stage IV: Pre-Publication Verification

Once data file comparison had shown no discrepancies the data were then printed out in book order and book format. In effect the computer program was writing the book. This format required each letter to be output and sorted into the correct order which could then throw up mistakes of content, such as Greek accents in the wrong place or incorrect spelling. It was also at this stage that the new typesetting arrangements were tested. The change from the lasercomp to TeX not only meant modifying computer programs, but the transfer of fonts from one technology to another. Table 13 lists the fonts used and their purpose in a LGPN volume.

The production of the book format is a three stage process. The first step is to extract all the names with the initial letters to be printed. For example, "AB" would retrieve all those names beginning with the letters alpha and beta, or even "ASA" which finds all names beginning with alpha, sigma and alpha. For each name it also retrieves the place, the date and the references for sorting purposes, and the PERID.Note 7 The second step sorts this data and creates a file of PERIDs which are used in the third stage to create the output file with TeX instructions (Fig. 13).

The TeX file is transferred from the OUCS VAX to a PC where it is then processed by the TeX program, in this case Latex, which results in a DVI file. This is finally printed out on a Hewlett Packard Laserjet III. The information on the printed page is then examined once more and any mistakes and corrections are noted. If they are data content problems, the relevant table in the database is modified. If the problem lies in the formatting, either the output program is modified or the TEX style file is updated.

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