I know I am not alone in my frustration when converting my LaTeX documents for submission to publishers whose typesetters don't use LaTeX. For instance: maybe they only accept
eps figures, which doesn't allow transparency; or maybe they end up retyping all the equations by hand anyhow.
My question: what software are the typesetters using, when it's not LaTeX? Are there any tips for avoiding the frustration of getting your stuff put through this software?
More generally: Does the non-LaTeX typesetting software have advantages, or are they just stuck in some proprietary stone age? I have seen it suggested that a better workflow would be to write in semantic XML (docbook) and use style sheets to convert to latex in producing e.g.
I have two motives: understand the process, so as to make modern publishing less frustrating; and to see what the right way forward in the future is.