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November 4th, 2007
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Arrrrgh!
Formatting prettypammie's thesis may kill me yet. We got the comments back from the Dean's office. There were many. The least difficult [as my styles and section breaks were already set up to relatively easily handle the change] is that the AU style guide uses two different meanings for the same word:
all pages are numbered at the top of the page within the 1¼ inch top margin
and
All charts, graphs, tables, and photographs must be mounted or printed within the specified margins


Note that the first "within" actually means outside the margin. I had dutifully paginated the thing so that the page numbers were at 1¼". Only on an equisitely careful re-reading could one discover that the pagination position is actually no less than 3/4" from the top of the page. Grumble.

The other things are worse. MS word does not have a "business rule" for table and figure positioning, especially with captions in the mix. I had to wrap every figure and table with their captions into separate text boxes, and then hand-jigger the margin, position, border, margin, and wrapping settings to get them to appear in the right places.

Arrrgh...and it take so long to get each one just right, that I'm still not done!

Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:November 5th, 2007 12:08 am (UTC)
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So what is the "standard" way to format a thesis at AU? Is there a LaTeX .cls (document class definition file) that everyone uses? Are you bucking the system trying to do it with Word?

-rs


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From:happypete
Date:November 5th, 2007 12:09 am (UTC)

If there is, they haven't provided it...

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it would be nice if there were.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:November 5th, 2007 12:55 pm (UTC)

Re: If there is, they haven't provided it...

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In my opinion, the lack of a standard template for creating the approved thesis layout is completely inexcusable. Every other research university I have encountered has this (usually LaTeX in the past decade or so, but sometimes something else especially in years past - used to be Scribe at CMU, for instance). Is this a masters' thesis or an NVCC class in microsoft word? I mean, really.

I am disgruntled on your behalf. :-P

-rs


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From:dcseain
Date:November 5th, 2007 02:47 am (UTC)
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I had dutifully paginated the thing so that the page numbers were at 1¼". Only on an equisitely careful re-reading could one discover that the pagination position is actually no less than 3/4" from the top of the page.

Let's see. page numbers at at 1.25 inch. Pagination position is no less than 0.75 inch. 1.25>0.75, so i'm confused what the issue with the page numbering is, as no less than is means 'at least' not 'exactly'.
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From:c1
Date:November 5th, 2007 03:38 am (UTC)
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Dude. I can drive both Quark and InDesign (indeed, I do this professionally.) Do you guys need help?
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