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Hermes 0.9.12 is ready

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This version managed to convert a couple of hundreds of sample articles from the arxiv-math.

Because those sources vary widely in terms of metadata quality (author, date...etc. records), some of the converted articles look a bit messy. That's the next Hermes version's job: to get a bit wiser in terms of recovering the metadata, and in terms of robustly recovering the internal document references/citations.

Many of the original articles are missing from the converted lot: a few of them were using drawing packages, and Hermes doesn't support drawing yet, a few of them weren't converted because of an unexperienced script which filters the original lot and doesn't do an intelligent renaming of files, and about 5 of them weren't converted because Hermes needs some (small) fixes.

The total number of articles tried is 1005 (751 articles of the month 2005/3, and 254 of 2005/4); the success ratio today is 0.438.

The good news is that this version tries to push/pop parentheses at the table cell border, or around the align marker in (ams)math structures, so that the presentation-MathML result is well-formed with less need of human intervention.

The source distribution is here, and the samples site is here, as usual.

Enjoy ;)


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Taufiq, Keshav Badge & Lejhim, with Jiji Rhy, album Rhydhun - an odyssey of rhythm (2001). True, inspired, fusion. Wish you feel like we do.

paying to be made freely available

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Oxford University Press Releases Open Access Results: "Oxford Open, which launched in July 2005, gives authors the option of paying for their research to be made freely available online immediately upon publication in the participating journals".

First, in my opinion, this is not open-access, I already explained why. Briefly, this model is, in fact, an author-pays model: it moves the charging of money from readers to writers, so it is doomed to stay against open-access, by its own definition; besides, the U.K.'s Royal Society pointed already the potential bad consequences on research quality of using the author-pays model (an author with results to publish but no money to pay for publishing them is to get lost).

The results of practicing the author-pays model as an option over the last year suggest to O.U.P. that: 'open access is likely to be "only one of a range of models" that will support research communities'.

Secondly, because the author-pays model is not an open-access model, the results of O.U.P.'s publishing experiment have no relevance to open-access.

Paying to be made freely available :). This nonsense (pity for those who are financing it) is due to marketing people in publishing trying to wrap all their reactive moves in phrases containing "open-access".

The research paid partially or totally from public funds has to be made available to the public at no significant supplementary costs: that, in essence, is open-access, and that, in essence, is what the public paid for already.

I will keep repeating this whenever I will get news about various publisher-marketing moves disguised as "open-access" experiments.

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Hermes-0.9.11 released

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This version managed to convert 160 out of the first 254 from a month of arxiv/math articles, a ratio of 0.63.

The articles drawing diagrams or pictures (e.g. using the xy package or similar) were not convertible by this version of Hermes, and I don't plan on adding support for them anytime soon.

The rest is fixable and I'm working on it. Letting me know the specific issues you may have in using Hermes for converting LaTeX to XML+MathML+Unicode increases the priority of dealing with them.

As soon as the converted articles will be posted online somewhere on the web, I'll announce here the address of the collection.

Sources/binaries are here and examples here.



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Citesc, în lift, lista obișnuită de reguli pe care'o găsește românu' de la bloc: 1. este interzis să... 2. este interzis să... 3. este interzis să...

A rămas un iz feudal în atitudinea asta, fiecare nene cu slujbă are drept de popă peste neaveniți (plătitori):"este interzis să...". Într'un oraș pe bune, ai găsi o altfel de atitudine: "nu băga șurubelnița unde nu'i cazu' pen'că costă y lei". De la comunism la capitalismu' conștient de comunism e o distanță falsă, ca de la biserică la inginerie socială, în atitudinea față de cetățeanu'-tramvai. Ambele îs autorități măsluite, simulacre, doar că ultima pare să plătească tribut cauzalității (are un ce explicativ) așa că'i mai eficace pe termen scurt (cam cât durează viața activă a unui bun platnic).

Pare că românu' prezent încă simuleză bine că'i pregătit s'audă ce'i interzis și ce nu'i, de la oricine se repede să simuleze că anunță distincția. Sara împart o bere amândoi și fac haz de istoria zilei; ar fi și asta o rețetă viabilă, de n'ar plăti doar unu', același, dintre ei.

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