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September 30, 2003


I have been working for the past two days on the camera-ready version of the "Tracking Service Availability in long-running Business Activities" paper for ICSOC (International Conference on Service Oriented Computing). The organization has really gotten me annoyed by requesting the paper in latex format after it was accepted. It was originally written in ms-word. I spent most of the time working on conversion and layout issues instead of content. Luckily there now is a plug-in for Word that lets you save a file in latex. There is this silly assumption that all academics are still hooked on the TeX family, which is of course absolutely nonsense. Springer Verlag, who publishes the proceedings, seems to really be the only publisher who still enforces this.

The list of accepted papers is now online

Posted by Werner Vogels at September 30, 2003 10:45 PM


I am sorry, but no one should publish papers or make available presentations in ppt format. Those applications don't run on some platforms, and are not cheap to buy either.


Posted by: Mohammad Abed on October 2, 2003 09:05 AM

Mohammed, I agree with you on the cross-platform issue, but not with the point about cost. There are free word and powerpoint viewers available.

The issue here was not that I wanted to deliver the text in word, I wanted to deliver it in PDF. Nobody had told me they actually wanted the source of the document plus the figures in EPS. If I had know this up-front I probably would have started of in latex instead of ms-word. It is the implicit assumption that all of academia still uses latex by default is just plain wrong.

Posted by: Werner Vogels on October 2, 2003 09:29 AM