T: Desktop publishing
1 The first stage in the old method of preparing INFO was the gatheringtogether of all text, photographs and graphics which would make up the bulk ofthe magazine. The next step was marking the text for the printer---a ratherlaborious, and occasionally hit-and-miss affair! In essence, this meant judgingthe approximate length of the articles and choosing appropriate print sizes andstyles (fonts). The appropriately marked pages were then sent to the printer fortype-setting. The end-product of this type-setting phase is called a galley andtakes the form of continuous columns on long sheets of paper.
2At this stage the fun begins! All the columns of text have to be cut andmanually pasted onto sheets of paper marked out in columns, to give the layoutfor each page of the magazine. If one had misjudged the length of text at thetype-setting phase, then screams of agony would mingle the pervading smell ofglue in the editorial offices as a very stressed editor wrangles bits of textand photographs. The flexibility of this old system was very limited, pagelayout was largely pre-determined and type-setting errors meant long andtime-consuming proof-reading, both at the galley stage and at the final pageproof stage. An additional problem with the old method is the length of timebetween the copy date (stage 1) and the publication of the magazine (about sixweeks for INFO).
Desktop publishing made our life a lot easier. Now with our new system,we first type the text of the article on an ordinary word-processing package(MultiMate Advantage II is used but any other package is usable) or we ask ourcontributors to send us their article on a disk, typed with almost any wordprocessor on an IBM or compatible PC computer. The second stage is to design thepage frame, i.e. size, number of columns and margins. We then place the text inthe page with an easy command called “Autoflow”.
3 The third stage is the design of the layout: placing illustrations andchoosing the most suitable typeface. At the last stage, we print the articles onthe laser printer and pass them on to colleagues to be proof-read. After makingall corrections, the files containing our next INFO are copied on to a disk andsent to our printers for publication.