A patent-pending process coaxes the browser to render the page, given an unpaginated HTML rendering of the XML. It is a technology with tantalising possibilities for transforming the way content is consumed throughout the publishing process, right from Submission to the ultimate reading experience, post Publishing. The process is packaged as Page Central, presented in conferences, and is much sought after. See Products > Page Central.
Can we automate the aesthetic of page composition? Can we eliminate DTP? Can we create a new Reader? Can we make the page faster, better, and without DTP license? Can we make the page fixed or fluid, print or electronic, for computer or device? Can we deliver thousands in a day? Can we cut costs? Can we make the page interactive? Can the page support rich media? Can we generate usage data and analytics? Can we drive engagement? Can we get STM publishing to be on the same page?
In a print-first world, we deliver pre-flighted, print/web/device-ready documents originated with and converted from any of the leading pagination systems – TeX, Arbortext or InDesign. We deliver about 2 million pages a year. As print wanes, and eventually becomes a niche or dies, will the concept of the page die with it? Not if it is left to us. Using the browser, we create virtual pages in Page Central. So DTP dies but the concept of a page does not.
While DTP lasts, we continue to compose content in turbo-scripted versions of Arbor Text (3B2) and InDesign. We are told that we have the strongest auto-pagination KPIs. The template set-up is quick, quick enough to absorb large transitions. The template set-up teams receive strong support for testing. While most of the page composition that we do is in the Roman script, we can pretty much handle any content, language or script that comes to us in Unicode.
Without significant knowledge of German, we do German language page composition in an onshore-offshore supplier partnership. With over 3 years of incident-free experience, we daresay that we have the capacity for any language. So content composition in any language can attain the kind of economies from offshoring that English language publishing has been used to for decades now. On the back of composition services, TNQ manages journal and book production services end to end, interacting directly with authors.
As far as we know, TNQ is the first to make the browser make the page instead of a DTP package. The same XML that we give to DTP is given to the browser instead, and the browser gives the page. With header, footer, page number, and logical float placement, the logic being that floats appear proximate to their citations and in a way that they do not spill across pages. The quality is comparable to DTP in appearance. In fact, we have a tough time convincing our experienced customers that what they are seeing is not a typeset PDF. In terms of interactive potential, the quality is way superior to DTP.
Single column HTML output of a full length research article from Page Central, which can be downloaded as a PDF.View sample
Double column HTML output of a full length research article from Page Central, which can be downloaded as a PDF.View sample