Word forms for collecting information: the Case of the Data Input Lawyers

A publishing house, a law firm, and an international organization had come together to produce a digest of legal cases. The publishers had made a very simple Word form which proved difficult to use and carried out no data verification. There was also no provision to output any data that anyone had finally managed to put into it. Not surprisingly, the project wasn't running well.

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From Excel data to PDF documents: the Case of the Automotive Analysts

Every month, a company of automotive industry analysts sent out a number of reports in a fixed format. Producing these was a time and labour-intensive process. After conversion from Excel to PDF, standard text elements were inserted into the file. Finally , hyperlinks and navigation features were added by hand. They found the time and effort involved in all this more than they could bear.

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Low-budget e-publishing: the Case of the Electronic Codex

A small publishing house was faced with market demands for CD-based versions of their printed "codexes", which are collections of legal documents. The niche market that they operated in was such that they would never be able to sell more than a few hundred copies of each publication. All codexes were regularly updated, some as frequently as four times per year. Existing CD publishing solutions without exception seemed cost-prohibitive.

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Modifying PDF: the Case of the Additive Edits

A company working in the food industry received information bulletins on food additives from its suppliers in PDF format. Those were then sent on to their clients with a different logo, contact details, and article number. Because PDFs are only editable to a limited degree, a roundabout production method had been devised which was time-consuming and error-prone. It also resulted in PDFs of poor quality that were up to 20 times larger than the originals.

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A linked set of documents: the Case of the Airline's Documents

An airline needed to regularly produce a documentation set in PDF. The source documents were being maintained in Word. They would like for a clickable Table of Contents to the whole set to be available in each separate document. Programming staff were at a loss as to how to do this.

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