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Observations of a TeXnician for hire
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In this talk I tell about my past projects, big and small, and discuss the lessons learned from my journeys in the fascinating world of publishers, editors and authors. I describe writing book and journal styles, communication with customers and other issues relevant for TeX consulting.
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thing is that the customers the vendors of market is within each model there are many people in the past and began to be specialist I cannot tell my customer OK you know will be there is just no use of great thing but this 1 which is a difficult language I can help you as you know is is the the New York 1 is the public of the bones event busy I must so did but the idea was that the war was this publishers and well it's more of a straight forward you warrant it's forms of but think of it as a best-estimate than that the you use that's your right of it's there for them what it but they did context I did idea easier and watch XML and Gaussian that whatever you name it the and it's the only way you can all be cause you can build customer that you are not fixed but is is expect you to be experts in their friends of friends of their as know from 1 of the largest friends friends friends of there you just kinda you must so you will and those and I can so 1 of the lessons that phone call the use it if you want ball this you must do everything you can say no now the next lesson I will show you how you will say is that this is consistent with its but consistency as you know from Amazon the use of that will
be a small points and the next lesson here that you can do everything he is famous there remains a member of and that was around its I and who was the people around the and everything and so over all the spiritual support where he wrote that's unit of working in science in the past and so I can be upset around and really want I said myself there must be something they can do and there must be something that can be written in and obviously for everyone it's this whole thing for me was that this side of things you know but over feasible science and art and people the conquistadors and designers and if you were responses you'll you'll need them the variance the this effect so the more of the United and the place and might want to use them and the 1 you want you can do with them use you was of course you told me I will I have my own opinion what they think for example about making the right that's in the center of the center paragraphs but it's might be idle know uh and this is the stationary did and I must say you were In couple couple of times so I was able to visual music reference letters were what is the customers around features of reference letters of red and when they saw a reference letter from a graph of people from 2 point was that form from the artist that always say that is a very impressed with the knowledge of the course I will use you might see diffusion was just 1 phrase whatever you say I don't know if I In other words ideas that think and instantiate walk this way you touch most alright not all why this is was fun for
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and development of teachers is a consultant use something different from all this and resume Iast important part of consultant is not all of it's not for markets it's it's it's communication actions they will tell you and this 1 is able to tell you that the value of this thing in a business school and I was new of all these but I understood this 1 when I I started doing things you must understand what the is want you must make them very and in many cases they don't understand what was the 1 it's this is especially difficult to usual customer published because publish as it does in Austin there composite that all want different things and you must make them all that you must communicate is that we must understand you don't communicate using computers itself so in my pocket you were to know about this communicating with your customers and if you want the efficient because they usually carried in his customers we must understand much and you know what is the main dimensions will uh of what typical day of the user drank amounts now what is this it's here that have been intimidating system is a very much afraid to break somewhere in between and there were abandoned in the middle of their production results any way out and this was this 2nd work and the support and from the beginning there was some customers for I will not neutral and value on support the support the expect if you watched the free if something breaks but what you do there and responsible working and if you want to consult and especially to be things like this this is the only way you can do you can tell you that customer OK he's my system and you have a question it's just a vast questions they look what you do is you use this was in the air freight and in the past and which is the source support use of the most important in the project but ask a question and then new world so there have been this fish supports you you use supports the user comes to you and say you know I have a problem and then you find out that you expected this problem and all the weights 53 of your fundamental you describe exactly this problem and exactly a solution to this problem what is the goal here it half of it is nothing at all way you wars of program in the menu what not well and you so you're right the center that in use of you will have an interest in making very obscure difficult many and but you for explaining it the right well I I might be 4 of them all was want to use growing it's your what you didn't make your manual really well you didn't explain it well you didn't make find function reads the or the semester going to you must from the so the only way we can at of this for me was when it's in your apologize resist sorry I wanna write manual by the easiest solution and they not judge you for this was severely might 4 so the 4 work is the mutation and if you will going to write the presentation will be consultant using for you will be wars you'll find out is that will role in the writing all these sort of like Phillips per cent of your work and all the more often these these presentations block and explain explain in explain again that's what you would and when you do your presentation you but remember that your support is free so if you wait that's where we use the it's it's your prior we should be spent in explaining to reuse it's the same old right OK but also this year in the Polish who like apples and said that but the point where you where there is lunch so let it would be my conclusion I my conclusion it's not just the consultant working for my
other work somehow we have to live with the exception I never did anything and you enjoy and somehow they played with its so my conclusion of this if you do something you really true if you generate something very little time people think for every you for everything you go and for every spiral some problems is the sole or will if you're going to work as a consultant as consultants that's the samples at all the lessons we use for you and you alone will that when there and how I did it he and that the merits of when the and as the present report the I don't think people here have the following rule this is so is this is 15 minutes so if you if you ask me a question and they can find an answer using the stimulus is the the if just me questions can find a non-citizen 15 minutes and it's so interesting I would do no matter what because free of the rest of the wolverines and I think this is the you get a vote might vagal my data of of the state government or 1 of my chips was signed with the editor of the really and the state of the weight of the past of the thing and that In the other I have I to have huge questions look at you look is is that it uses this is gonna be that was 1 of the best customers because what happened was that so we we're always a budget and this property is a a by the goal so is available you when it all much fewer than than they do because this is not a you and you acquire give you requirements will want to wait for the this system will be the this topic will be doing so it was it was 1 of my best you don't you don't like and you feel this I don't the you 1 of the things I this is that the 1 from what's what do you think is the and I'm going to the