Category Archives: production

A poem about meeting rooms

What happens when an Oxford-based branch of a faceless multinational tries to be human and quirky: It would be too dull, said the powers that be, To name our three meeting rooms “A”, “B” and “C”! They had consultations, discussions, … Continue reading

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Ill communication

Curses. I have lost the battle and am mildly unwell. Not flu, not even man-flu, but a rather sticky, achy cold. Next week will be a busy week now: thanks to Reverb‘s newsletter on Friday morning I now have twice … Continue reading

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Huis ├ęclos

Now that it’s been announced to all my work colleagues, I can finally say publicly that I handed in my notice last Friday. It was stressful and nerve-wracking to do so, but in some ways I feel liberated. I simply … Continue reading

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We come together ‘cause opposites attract

I was at the “Optimal XML” conference yesterday, organized by XMLUK. The conference was good fun, and if nothing else gave us some idea of what other people were up to. There was presented there a publishing workflow they’d designed … Continue reading

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Dead On Instantiation

PsycINFO have a number of poorly-registered DOIs. These are short(-ish) codes that function much like the strings of context-free characters that places like TinyURL provide you with. A unique identifier for an item of creative, publishable or citeable work. But … Continue reading

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What a character!

Like any online system worth its salt, especially any that are encapsulating data with XML, our own workflow is strictly Unicode compliant. We require this of our out-of-house data converters, with generally pleasing results. However, the interpretation of unusual characters … Continue reading

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I am a conduit

I hate to keep harping on about this, but only yesterday I had to remind one of our customers what our job doesn’t entail. Do you know what I do? Do you know what production really does? Go on, then. … Continue reading

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