Participating: what and how?

A LaTeX2e file has been made, by Reinie Erné and myself, that contains a header with some definitions, and all the sectioning commands (that is, all commands of the form \begin{theoreme}, \section{}, etc.). This file is called the skeleton. It is divided into parts that correspond to about 5 pages of the original text. The beginning of the nth part is labeled by a line:

%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% beginning of n %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
There are 86 of these parts. Participants in this project will typeset and/or proofread one (or more) parts. We want the participants to understand what they are typing, so they should have basic knowledge of algebraic geometry (say the contents of Hartshorne's book `Algebraic Geometry', plus some category theory). We also want the participants to understand what it takes to produce useful TeX files (or more precisely, LaTeX2e), so they should understand the typesetting rules and indications mentioned below. They should know about ties, dashes and control spaces (`~', `-', `--', `---', `\ '). A fast way to learn about these last things is to look them up in the TeXbook.

If you want to participate, then send me an email (, telling me how many parts you want to typeset and how many you want to proofread. It is probably a good idea to first read the rest of this page (and the pages that it refers to).

I will then send you an email telling you which parts are yours to typeset (if you proposed to do some typesetting). You can then download the skeleton (click with left mouse button while pressing the shift key). Rules and indications concerning the typesetting are here. The skeleton, with your parts typeset, is then expected back within three weeks after you have been told which parts are yours. Please mail it back to me as an attachment (I hope to have no problems with the various file formats). If the three weeks time limit is a problem, you can first ask for one part, and ask me later if there are still parts to be done.

As the typeset material comes in, it is combined into a master file. Once the master file is complete, the proofreading will start. The procedure is the same: a message will be sent to those who have agreed to proofread, to tell them which parts to treat. Each participant then has a few weeks to do his or her work. Rules and indications concerning the proofreading are here.

Do not forget that we want a faithful reproduction of the original text. If you spot mistakes in it, then please do not correct them, but instead make a list of them, and send them to me. I will make two versions to be submitted to the Los Alamos archive: one that is to reproduce the original text, and has the mistakes in the source file in the form of comments, and one that takes these mistakes into account.

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Bas Edixhoven <>
Last modified: Sun Mar 3 23:22:15 CET 2002