Hello! My name is Graham Douglas and I've worked in STM (Scientific, Technical and Medical) publishing, in one capacity or another, for some 20 years: from typesetting, book production/commissioning, electronic journal production/development, programming, contract publishing through to senior editorial positions. These days I work for myself as a consultant in the publishing industry – although not in programming, LuaTeX or any of the areas I write about here.
This blog reflects some of my interests in the low-level technical aspects of tools and technologies related to the authorship of technical content: graphics, PDF, typesetting, text processing, OpenType/fonts, Unicode and digital/electronic publishing. As you might infer from this blog I'm interested in Arabic text processing/typesetting, XeTeX and LuaTeX too! I can see so many applications of these incredible TeX engines, particularly LuaTeX through extensions via DLLs. XeTeX's built-in font handling and OpenType shaping engine(s) are also amazingly useful. I hope, one day, to find the time to bring everything together and use the power of XeTeX/LuaTeX (plus some applications I've written) to produce/publish some beginners' study books on learning Arabic – books of the very highest quality – editorially and, of course, in their typesetting/design/production. Obviously, I'll need to find someone who is an expert in Arabic (which I'm most definitely not) and work with them to formulate ideas for some innovative materials!
I've owned the domain readytext.co.uk for many years and purely on a whim, on 1 January 2011, I finally decided to make use of it. This site was launched, if you can call it that, on 1 January 2011, at around 3pm UK time. Stay tuned and, most definitely, don't drop out...
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