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Forum : 2007 - 2008 Anthology : Just a little print sample

Posted at: Mar 19, 2008 at 8:49 AM 
Would you like to get an idea of what your piece of writing would look like if it was printed in the anthology? I can show you, but it'll take a little bit of work on your part.

First, pick a piece of writing that you'd like to look at, visit its page, and get its ID number. (For my example, I want to look at part one in my "Toyota And Stable" story, which is #375)

Now I go to the following address:


Obviously, you replace the 375 with the ID of your piece.

The exception to this is if it's a poem, because those get formatted differently. So if you want to look at how a poem would be formatted, (I'll show you using my poem "My New Home" which is #838) you would go to this address:


The reason I'm showing you this is because I'd like to get feedback on whether things appear properly. Some of the things that are different:

all quotation marks should be left/right oriented properly. Apostrophes should also be curly apostrophes.

double-hyphens should be converted to space-padded-en-dashes.

Paragraphs indented, lines justified.

triple periods converted to ellipsis

Josiah T.
Posted at: Mar 19, 2008 at 8:52 AM 
looks ok to me... I'm not entirely sure I like the font, tho thats just me. :-P

Posted at: Mar 19, 2008 at 8:55 AM 
Georgia is a font that's specifically designed for screen display, and looks better online than in print. That's what you normally see on here.

Garamond is the opposite - it was originally designed for print, not for online viewing. That's what you see on the print display page.

Posted at: Mar 19, 2008 at 9:00 AM 
In other words, to paraphrase the first line of "The Toyota"...

"Garamond might make a nice font, but it was never designed to be used like this."

Obviously, I'm more interested in the formatting and special characters than in the actual font appearance.

Josiah T.
Posted at: Mar 19, 2008 at 9:32 AM 
lol, yup. :-)

Sylvan Sylph
Posted at: Mar 19, 2008 at 6:18 PM 
I randomly checked some of my pieces. On one of them there was an extra space between paragraphs for no apparent reason. It doesn't show up that way when I look at it on the regular page. I'm not sure if somehow an extra return got in there somehow and just didn't show up or what. I'll link to it so you can take a look if you like. Traffic Lights

I put double hyphens in one piece and it didn't convert to an en dash. I Will Weep No More

Also I entered what should be an en-dash on another piece and it shows up as an em dash now (My fault, I know. I should have switched it back to hyphens, but I forgot. I thought you might like to know anyway.) Between Happiness and the End

Also, on things like the To Whom it May Concern letters. They look a little odd with no spaces between the salutation, the body of the letter, and the closing since that would be the normal format for a letter.Urgent Response Required

Other than that, apostrophes, justification, indentation, etc. seem to be working fine from my brief perusal.

Posted at: Mar 19, 2008 at 6:39 PM 
The letters I'll have to modify manually, un-indenting the salutation and adding a space before the closing.

The Traffic Light one, you have an extra space between your two carriage returns which thwarts my algorithm for converting paragraph breaks. Another manual edit.

I think I've got your double-dash problem in the poem resolved.

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