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How far back should the list of publication go ? Champagne 14:47, 23 October 2006 (MDT)

Well, I think ideally all of the VOCJs would be listed. It would probably be a lot of work to create TOCs and add all of them to the index though. Scott Webster 16:41, 23 October 2006 (MDT)
I got the template (not Template:-----) down on my Talk section. We just need to copy the code and put the information for each VOC Journal in it. The Index part would be by far the longest thing to do. Champagne 17:03, 23 October 2006 (MDT)
Well, even just typing out the table of contents into the template will take quite some time. I think there are 36 or so volumes to go, and even if you can do it really fast (say 15 minutes each?) it would take 9 hours of work. Scott Webster 17:34, 23 October 2006 (MDT)
Evan was talking about making it a workhike last week. I'll have to see if that as progressed any further... It would definitely cut-down on the amount of time required for completion. Champagne 18:11, 23 October 2006 (MDT)

On the subject of indexing, make sure to add the volume and page number to the master index page VOCJ_index so that articles can be looked up without scanning through all the tables of contents. I've noticed that for the indexing work that is in progress that this has not been done. I wonder if there might be an automated way to do this similar to the Category system. It may in fact be good enough to just add the text to the "index" column in the TOC since the entire wiki is searchable. Scott Nelson

Actually, Evan and I discussed this. The plan is to wait for most/all of the indexing to be done and then we'll just generate the master index page using a script from the individual journal pages. This will be much less work and less error prone than getting everyone to update the master list as they go along. Chris Michalak 13:03, 20 November 2006 (MST)

Guys, yes typing up the journal tables of contents and indexes will take a while, but that's what workhikes are for! I have started one today to get people typing them up and creating the indexes. I'll also add to them when I have time. The master index will them be generated automatically later using a script on each of the journal pages once a good number of journals have been indexed. There are some older indexes in the archives already that need to just be typed up too, so I am getting workhikies to cover journals without indexes, then the completed indexes can somehow be magically typed up later. Evan Morris

Submission format

I noticed that you are apparently supposed to submit your article in MS word .doc format. I already wrote an article, but (un)fortunately don't own Word, so .doc isn't a convenient format. Maybe you should accept a different format that doesn't require buying expensive software. I suppose I could use free software to convert it, but realistically, wouldn't plain text be easier? That way when you import it into your typesetting software you don't have all these Word formattings to worry about. <end rant> Scott Webster 00:24, 20 November 2006 (MST)

I'm sure if you send Kaja a .TXT file she'll deal with it. I suppose the advantage of .DOC or .RTF is that the author may want some basic formating conserved (aka, if something should be in italics or what not). So... maybe we should change the guidelines to say .DOC, .RTF or .TXT ??? Don't get me wrong, I don't do MS either. But realisticly, I don't think Kaja will be typesetting the journal in LaTeX ;-) Chris Michalak 12:50, 20 November 2006 (MST)