I have a specific task I’d like to accomplish, and I’d appreciate advice before I start typing! I think the answer is to do two separate PDF compiles with separate settings, so the question is probably, “What structure and compile settings do you suggest?”
I am creating a series of manuscript-editing instructions. We are taking our old genealogy manuscripts and transforming so that I can read them with my own software to create genealogy databases. Therefore, each manuscript needs an extremely-picky human edit so that my software can reliably pick out the right details.
I have a list of edits (transformations) to perform, each with examples. I want to create two documents - one with just the short edit description to serve as a checklist, and second, the full text to serve as an instruction manual.
1. Change “they” to specific names.
Change: They are divorced.
To: Larry and Nancy are divorced.
2. Move extra information to separate sentences.
Change: He m. SUSAN (perhaps) SPENCER, a widow.
To: He m. SUSAN SPENCER. Susan was a widow. SPENCER marked (perhaps).
I would then want to do two compiles. The first would create a single PDF page, the checklist:
The Checklist (See … for details)
- Change “they” to specific names.
- Move extra information to separate sentences.
The second compile creates a PDF document with full texts, color highlighting to show what is transformed, etc.
I think the answer is to create each edit-instruction as a separate document, so it’s easy to change their order and add to the list. The document title is the instruction, and the document body contains the full text with formatting.
Am I on the right track? Could you fill in the details for me?
Ed Barnard in Minnesota USA