I do not know whether this is an appropriate question, but I was carrying it around for quite some weeks and now it just has to come out.
I am working on my PhD thesis. My thesis will include a long English textual analysis in the mainmatter ((almost) no problem with that) and a long appendix providing the source texts on which the analysis is based. These source text will be given in the original language (Arabic) on the left page as a critical edition with two or three apparatus and my english translation on the right page.
I have chosen ledmac/ledpar to do the job (because there is no alternative, is there?) and now I've been wrestling for weeks/months to get everything in order -- and by wrestling, I really mean it. Other than that, I already started to edit my texts using the commands that the packages provide and all the while I've been hoping that in the end all problems can be overcome one after another, so that in the end I have a nice typeset thesis and I can confidently claim that I've made the right choice in chosing (Lua-) LaTeX for writing my thesis.
This my situation. Now, since I've encountering problems after problems (in between solving one or two while others appear), I've become skeptical whether LaTeX is the right choice for my project. Even more since I also have the feeling that I myself won't be able to solve all the issues, because I am lacking the IT-expertise. I've done a lot of delving into the depths of LaTeX, but I am coming close to my limits there. I still belive in LaTeX, but what I intend to do seems to be some major job for LaTeX and I doubt that I am the one who can get LaTeX to do the job.
So, the question I've been having in my mind is this (and I want to repeat that I am not sure whether it is an appropriate question):
- Is there anybody out there who I could hire (yes: hire) to look through my tex-files and fix the problems I encounter while I can focus on writing my thesis (and of course fix what I can fix myself)?
- How much would it be to hire someone like that?
I am at the point where I have to decide whether to abandon LaTeX for my PhD and to take another application (e.g. CTE), or to stay with it. Once again: I like LaTeX, and I'd also like to stay with it, but I am not sure whether I should. And also, I don't want to realize that using LaTeX was the wrong decision only two months before I hand in my thesis because then it is too late.
Sorry for this question, but it had to come out...
Appendix: Random examples of problems
- the line numbers in the apparatus are one to much (e.g., 7 instead of 6)
- the arabic text has sometimes varying interlinespacing
- the space between the paragraphs (created by ledpar) shouldn't be there (see here)
- the content is not correctly snychronized and the pagebreaks are thus wrong
- the Arabic apparatus has problems with linebreaks
- the page numbers in the table of contents need to be modified (see here)