Mathematica – UTF-8 – MacRoman – BOM

I experienced a weird situation in Mathematica yesterday. I have wholeheartedly embraced Unicode for several years, and for several years have been including Unicode characters in .m files. (In notebooks, whether characters are entered as single keystrokes (possibly modified by shift and/or option), as \[codes], or as \.xx or \:uuuu in hex, they end up as Unicode in …

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Linotype Syntax (Next, SC/Small Caps, etc.)

I have written, illustrated, laid-out, and typeset three books. (I have not typeset books written by anyone else.) In 1996, when I was polishing up my first book for publication, I invested several hundred dollars in a typeface (colloquially, font): Syntax, from Linotype. By 2003, as I was polishing up my second book, I really really wanted one or two additional weights. …

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Replace FrameMaker with InDesign?

Here’s why I’ll find it difficult (or impossible) to replace FrameMaker (call it “Frame”) with InDesign. Frame implements the concept of an anchored frame (I would prefer to call it a tethered frame). The frame can contain text, imported images, graphic elements – anything, really. InDesign has various kinds of boxes, but InDesign seems to …

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