Preparing the BMJ for the electronic revolutionBMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7047.1626 (Published 29 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1626
- Jane Smith,
- Richard Smith
- Deputy editor Editor BMJ, London WC1H 9JR
BMJ material will be available in standard, reusable, electronic form
For most of its 156 years, the BMJ has been typeset by means that Gutenberg would have recognised. A little over 10 years ago the BMJ converted from hot metal typesetting to computerised methods, and this year we have begun typesetting all our material in house. Most importantly, we have started the process of coding our text in a form that will make it as easy to reuse in new ways as it is to produce the printed page in the first place. This prepares us for the electronic revolution that is now beginning in earnest. In the process we have to say good-bye and thanks to Bedford Typesetters, the company that has typeset our pages—and done much more—for the past 20 years.
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