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What you should know about Edition Open Sources and Max Planck Research Library for the History and Development of Knowledge

The books are published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License.

Texts are published from a central source as HTML Web presentations, downloadable files in PDF and eBook format, and as printed books.

This procedure requires highly standardized manuscripts using a limited set of layout facilities. These include:

  • facilities to write in non-Latin writing systems,
  • a format for writing mathematical and chemical formulas,
  • a facing-page layout for transcribed and translated texts,
  • a limited set of inline formats such as italics and quotation marks,
  • environments and commands for theorems and descriptions,
  • a standardized outline hierarchy for headings,
  • standard paragraphs,
  • a format for inserting figures, and
  • formats for text quotations, numbered and unnumbered lists, footnotes, citations, indexing terms, tables and letter heads.

Bibliographical references are entered into a database (see below) and not given in a typed list.

The following features are automatically generated:

  • the layout, including headers and footers,
  • the table of contents,
  • comprehensive or/and chapter-specific bibliographies,
  • general, place and name indexes,
  • an internet representation,
  • electronic files in PDF and ebook format, freely downloadable from the website.

Specific features of our TeX procedure

To be able to convert TeX documents to HTML, the number of available TeX commands, environments and constructs have been limited and a specific notation created for standard TeX commands. This has been done to create standardized and uniform publications that are technically convertable and also much easier for less advanced users to work with. This notation has been defined and described in a preamble that is included at the beginning of each publication (see sample project). We do not use any document classes or program displays other than our own as the definition of commands in the preamble is adequate for our purposes and simple to install for the majority of users.

In addition, we use the XeTeX-engine to create PDF files. This engine enables us to directly input Chinese, Hebrew and Cyrillic scripts and also enables conversion to HTML. The bibliography is created through the dual use of BibLaTeX/Biber which offers excellent Unicode support.

To safeguard the technical base of Edition Open Access, we do not accept other TeX commands or environments. If your publication requires specific features, please contact the Development Team for advice.