Alec, thanks for your suggestions.
I had pointed my teammates to your message, and got the following response:
Yes, he’s right. I just hadn’t worked through enough of the site to get this. As editor I can pull up a Back Issue and then add or delete articles (and for us, abstracts)
One of the innovations that we're attempting -- it will be an interesting learning experience to find out how people respond -- is to request paper submissions in XHTML. We've created a shell as a sample, and tested it on NVu and Microsoft Word. The motivation for doing this is that we hope to reduce the effort on layout editing, under the premise that it may be easier for us to clean up bad XHTML (e.g. using Tidy) rather than going the extra step of converting from Microsoft .doc to XHTML.
We'll get some early feedback on this, because our conference submission process is two step: first a preliminary abstract, and then a final paper. If authors choke on XHTML for an abstract, we may have to consider alternate paths for 20-page papers!
One encouraging article XHTML and CSS appears at http://www.alistapart.com/articles/boom
. I started with the CSS provided there, and have made some adjustments. So far, the biggest issues are footnotes (as they always are, on web pages!), and blockquotes (which are officially deprecated, but represent semantics, as discussed in http://tantek.com/presentations/2005/09 ... -of-xhtml/
And of course, although Microsoft Word has become a de facto standard in business, there's some philosophical issues with the opacity of the .doc standard since Word '97. (Commentary at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Word
and at http://www.goldmark.org/netrants/no-word/attach.html
We're just about to launch the XHTML format submission requirement, so I'll keep this forum posted on our progress. (Our society has members worldwide, and doesn't typically have computer geeks, so we're facing a more standard academic audience).