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The 46-inch nightmare

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by ballcoach, Feb 13, 2008.

  1. ballcoach

    ballcoach New Member

    We will soon be going to the 46-inch web and I can't think of a more difficult issue in the entire process than reworking agate (AP and locally produced templates) to make it fit in 10-pica columns. What papers out there are using the 46-inch web, and are there any kind souls out there who can offer some advice on the best way to attack this issue as well as provide some technical suggestions on the matter? It would be greatly appreciated.
  2. a_rosenthal

    a_rosenthal Guest

    We are in the process of doing that same thing, but the agate has already been switched. It was done before I got here. I know they didn't enjoy it, but I'll ask around for you.

    What system are you using?
  3. ballcoach

    ballcoach New Member

    ATS. Much thanks for inquiring.
  4. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    I thought you were talking about my six-year old.
    The 46-inch web, unfortunately, is becoming the industry standard.
  5. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    The 67-inch Webb:

  6. Damaramu

    Damaramu Member

    When I read 46 inch nightmare I thought you had some new kid on the staff that wrote a 46 inch story that was absolutely terrible.
  7. jfs1000

    jfs1000 Member

    Agate works, you just have to have your tech guy adjust the macros. It is about tabs, not typeface. I don't think under 7pt is visible without a magnifying glass. I hope you have a tech guy who can play with those macros. If not, your agate clerk is going to have to do it manually which is a nightmare.

    This should be the first thing your sports staff should have worried about. Our paper has 10 pica wide agate. It works well, though you do have to adjust standings now and then with tabs that kick over to the other line.
  8. jgmacg

    jgmacg Guest

    I thought someone was having a sale on Bulgarian flatscreens.
  9. Rockbottom

    Rockbottom Active Member

    Thank GOD we moved to the narrower web before switching to ATS. If we did it with this dumbass system, I would quit. For real.

  10. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    What everyone else said: have your tech people adjust the tabs to fit. We just switched to 46 this week, and haven't had a problem. Some agate (like Sunday golf with prize money) just has to go on two lines, no questions asked. Tinker with it and keep your tech guys in the loop on what works and what doesn't.
  11. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    that's what she said
  12. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Dammit! I had the under on the sexual innuendo over/under.
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