Info Tech

It seems that we are still very far from a paperless world:

WYSIWYG stands for What You See Is What You Get. It doesn’t stand for What You See Is What They Get. What you see is almost always not what they get.

Geoffrey Pullum recounts the experiences that led to the supervisor of the production department at Cambridge University Press informing him that

they are returning to a strict policy of requiring authors to submit hard copy as well as a computer file. Born in the galleon age, CUP is now deciding to stick with the steam age in this regard.

Now my initial reaction was, that’s what you get for using WordPerfect instead of PDF, but Mark Liberman points out that PDF often doesn’t work any better.