Last week Pablo Fernicola sent me email announcing that Microsoft have finally released a beta of their Word plugin for marking-up manuscripts with the NLM DTD. I say “finally” because we’ve know this was on the way and have been pretty excited to see it. We once even hoped that MS might be able to show the plug-in at the ALPSP session on the NLM DTD, but we couldn’t quite manage it.
The plugin is targeted at production/editorial staff, but, of course, it will be interesting to see if any of this work can be pushed back to the author. I won’t hold my breath on the latter score, but it will be fun to watch.
One thing I would note is that the NLM DTD can also be used in the humanities and social sciences, so, frankly, I think they should market it more broadly.
Anyway- the plugin can be downloaded from the Microsoft site.
And Pablo has setup a blog where testers can discuss the add-in.
And there is also an entry for the project on the Microsoft Research site (an interesting place to peruse, if you have a moment).
Congatulations to Pablo and his team.