Write for EDM/2
Last modified January 5/1997
We are always looking for more people to write for EDM/2, and therefore I
have put together this page to show what we want the most.
Of course, if you would like to write an article or a series on a "column" topic, that is ok too, until I get a columnist.
For all of these three, there are a few requirements:
If there is something that you want to write about that was not in any of the lists above, don't worry. This is purely because of lack of imagination. Send it in anyway!
While everyone from you (the authors) to us (the editors) is doing this on a voluntary basis so far, we would lose readers if we did not strive for a high level of quality. Since this magazine was formed with the intent of disseminating information to the multitude of programmers unsatisfied with the lacking documentation provided by IBM, it would only serve to defeat the purpose of the magazine if we did not do so. Thus, we humbly request that the following checklist is performed before submission.
Include graphics separately, even though some word processor allow you to include them right in the document. Use either GIF or JPG format (see note above), and keep the graphic as small as possible. Maximum width is 480. Put a reference to the graphic in the document instead, like this:
As you write your article, you should keep in mind that many people aren't going to know a lot about what you are writing. Because of this, abbreviations should be accompanied by expansions in brackets for the first occurrance.
Our preferred submission format is plain, neat ASCII, with a maximum width of 80 characters per line. All paragraphs should start at the left margin, as should headings. Headings should be capitalized, not all caps, and should be on a separate line, for example:
Getting Started: This Is How To Do It
Figure should be numbered starting at 1, and accompanied by a line that says, for example:
Figure 1: The crux of the matter.
All text figures should be included right in the document, not separately, as should all "Figure" lines. All code should be maximum 60 characters wide, due to the difficulty of presenting code satisfactorily in HTML within 480 pixels. Code should be tidy, and well commented.
Before your task is complete, make sure you write a short blurb about yourself in third person, in a separate file; this will go on your author page. Try to avoid using dates, since they go out of date quickly. Browse through our current author pages to see what I mean. Please include your electronic mail address and specify on what network it resides.
Zip the source file, the biography file, and any graphics files, and mail it to the editor-in-chief.
Finally, we thank you for your cooperation with these guidelines. Remember, you are doing a great service to the OS/2 community by writing for EDM/2. Be proud of it!