SGML: APS SGML Discussion

American Physical Society's open discussion of SGML

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Welcome to The American Physical Society's open discussion of SGML.

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Q2. Why is The American Physical interested in the SGML phenomenon?

A2. The often stated objective of The American Physical Society (APS)
is the advancement and diffusion of the knowledge of physics. In the
last few years, a major goal of the Society has been to move its
scholarly publications away from print and toward electronic production
and dissemination.  The current explosion in the use of information
technology for early dissemination of scientific information dovetails
with APS's interest in electronic publishing and consumption of
scholarly journals and provides both physicists and the Society and other 
Physics Publishers and Librarians with an opportunity to join forces to
support and improve scholarly communication in physics.

SGML is the center piece of the APS strategy to accept manuscripts 
electronically and to provide storage and delivery choices. With the
advent of products, such as SoftQuad's Panorama, it is becoming feasible
to make the SGML files of individual articles available for viewing.

Q3. What is the purpose of this list?

A3. This list is an informal discussion platform/work group for the airing of 
views on the creation and implementation of an SGML standard for use in the 
publishing/dissemination of physics information. 

It is believed that, if we as publishers can agree on some degree of SGML 
standardization, the authors and readers will benefit. A common SGML approach 
will facilitate ease of integration of papers from multiple publishers at the 
library or reader level.  A common SGML approach will facilitate the
development of many authoring tools and reading choices. 

Hopefully, this list will provide a forum, for all interested parties, to 
communicate their views and help us all better serve physics.

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