Currently, books that are printed as pdf not only contain a collection of articles, but also a dedicated title page, a table of contents, citations and authors for all articles at the end of the collection.
When using a browser-based rendering service like electron, what would we need to do to still support the features? This includes
- To what extend would it be possible to add a title page and a table of contents similar to the way they are added now
- How can we remove the references part of the individual articles?
- Is it possible to add the references of all articles at the end similarly to how it is now done for the latex pdfs?
- Is it possible to add the authors at the end similar to how it is done now?
- Is there any other feature in the current book rendering that we should support, too?
One of the wishes of the 2015 German-speaking community wishlist as well as the international community wishlist was the support of tables in pdfs: T135643.
It would take an enormous engineering effort to add tables to the current latex layout in a way that 80%-90% of the tables display correctly. 10%-20% would always be off due to the different capabilities of the two media (printed, layouted page versus HTML). Therefore the idea is to offer another way of rendering pdfs. The new browser-based rendering version will not have the well designed latex layout (at least for the start), but look like the printed website - not perfect for print, but at least complete.