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I was wondering how large books such as atlases or encyclopedias were made in LaTeX?

For example, how does one setup their document or design the layout for such a big book? Is it the same process as writing a standard book or are there special things one has to look out for? I am not looking to make one myself, I was just curious.

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> Atlas I can't imagine there's a single cartographer out there crazy or masochistic enough to seriously try that. TeX and friends are great tools for a lot of applications, but there's applications they simply were not made for, and this is certainly one of them... > Encyclopedias entirely different story. Nothing too special about it; it's being done a lot AFAIK. –  Nils L Jun 15 '13 at 15:05
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Typesetting a Dictionary with LaTeX –  Nils L Jun 15 '13 at 15:11
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This example is truly impressive, and quite beautiful, I think. –  jon Jun 15 '13 at 15:12