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LaTeX is ideal for producing e-documents: Batch processing
large documents with complete flexibility in font and design is possible.
Interactive PDF can make your document visually appealing and easy to navigate.

Delights, Sample E-Document: Click on image for sample PDF. Best viewed in full screen. Try the navigation at the bottom of the page, and the interactive contents and index. Double arrows at the bottom of the page will advance forwards or back by 1 page; numbers will take you to the page listed. (You are welcome to save this pdf to your own computer)

E-Publishing in PDF generated by LaTeX

Can be automated to have internal and external hyperlinks, active tabbing, using any design or color combination that your designer might imagine.

In the examples below, click on the image to see the complete pdf document. We encourage you to experiment with the active tabs and hyperlinks.

Hyperlinking on every page:  Click on the image below to see an e-journal featuring work by scientists at the Institute for Advanced Study, Technische Universität München, Germany. You'll find many active links. Design and LaTeX implementation by TeXnology.

Software Documentation:  Click on the image below to see sample pages for Software Documentation, to format 2000 + pages of documentation for Cytel software. Every section head lists and links the subsections found in that section; Index has hyperlinked lettered guide; page numbers for each part, listed at the bottom of the index page, is automated. Design and LaTeX implementation by TeXnology.

MIT Press Open Mind E-Journal
DOI, Supplemental Material, and author email are hyperlinked; citations are linked to references.
Design and implementation in LaTeX by TeXnology.

Author Documentation for MIT Press Open Mind E-Journal Active tabs in author documentation make it easy to find topic of interest.

Advantages of E-Publishing in PDF
  1. Distribution is free; Color is free; No limitations to design.

  2. Hyperlinking makes navigating the document faster and easier; interactive PDF allows many linking features of HTML.

  3. Generating PDF with LaTeX allows building macros and structure that can be reused throughout a multipage document, even one thousands of pages long.

  4. e-Publishing with PDF instead of HTML has the advantage of embedded fonts and graphics and a design that will be constant across viewing platforms.

Article of the Future

``The Article of the Future project is an ongoing initiative to revolutionize the traditional format of the academic paper in regard to three key elements: presentation, content and context. More than 150 researchers, editors and authors worked with Elsevier to redesign the format...

The three guiding principles for the new article format are:
  1. Readability. Make the article the center of the design, with typography that makes it easier to read from the screen.

  2. Discoverability. Present content and functionality at the right place on the screen and the right time in the user's workflow.

  3. Extensibility. Have a generic layout that can accommodate subject-specific content enrichments without sacrificing readability.''
From Designing the Article of the Future -- Elsevier,

Sample implementation of Article of the Future in PDF Elsevier has many interesting and well-tested ideas designed to be used in HTML. Many features can also be implemented in PDF, as you can see in the example below. Author names linked to addresses on title page; tabs, and second level tabs; linking to references. More interactive PDF functionality is possible. PDF sample developed by TeXnology.

On-line Report Generation in PDF
Each symbol will link to a report about the listed stock.

Automating hypertargets

A stock analyst asked for set of macros to automate building an on-line report to distribute to his clients.

The name and number of companies analyzed is determined by his client who submits a request online.

The risk analysis for each company will start on a titled new page. The TeXnology macro generates a hypertarget so that the client can link to it from the beginning of the report.

Once the report is completed, the analyst's client can download it and navigate to the report about the stock that he or she is particularly interested in by clicking on the stock symbol link.

This system allows rapid updating of the analysis, and rapid distribution to the client.

For a description of some tools we've developed for this kind of output, see http://www.texnology.com/talk2.pdf


Have ideas for an interactive PDF document you'd like to produce?

Tools are available!

Please get in touch if you have any questions,

Amy Hendrickson
617 738-8029