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I'm searching a discussion group for asking questions about how layout, typography and etc. for scientific writing

Especially concerning:

  • Ph.D. thesis
  • in engineering / materials science
  • conventions for scientific writing / Ph.D. thesis German language and/or at German universities

e. g.

  • how to present / structure content?
  • how to typeset mathematical symbols correctly?
  • how to create good images / graphs / diagrams which are also unambigous and readable in greyscale?
  • check list for the final version
    etc ...

(accidentally those are topics which are extremely interesting for me at the moment ;-))

-> Can anyone recommend me online discussion groups covering those topics?

I think here is not the place for such questions, as it more about "how to do it with (La)TeX" and not how to do it in general.

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I do not know of any communities that discuss this (probably because conventions don't change much). However, I can forward you to some relevant documents:

If you know the basics, you can ask the specifics here.

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Start with The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Tufte. It doesn't cover everything in your question, but an provides excellent foundation for anyone trying to make a point with data. As an added bonus, there is a nice latex class modeling the Tufte style.

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@srking: I know the book (read it years ago), but I consciously asked for discussion. Thank you for the hint on the corresponding latex class –  Martin Apr 3 '11 at 8:38
@Martin - Right, sorry. –  srking Apr 3 '11 at 16:57
@srking - don't worry, I'll try to see a recent version of tufte's book, maybe there's also something helpful inside, but I think in general I know the "rules" for good visual representation (no "beautifully distorted" 3d-charts, etc. ;-)). One of the questions bothering me is: how can I transfer the colors of a simulation result (color from blue to red = temperature level) to a greyscale where black is the hottest and white is the coolest... (without having the source data, just the image). –  Martin Apr 3 '11 at 19:42
@Martin - You could convert your image to one of the simple RGB file formats, then create a perl script (or whatever) to transform the image based on per pixel data. Also, check out imagemagick which is quite powerful for low level image manipulations. –  srking Apr 4 '11 at 4:01
@Martin - And good luck. :^) –  srking Apr 4 '11 at 4:02

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