Scientific WorkPlace®, Scientific Word®, and Scientific Notebook® are designed to increase productivity for anyone who writes technical documents, especially those containing mathematics. They are perfect for writers in all technical fields: mathematics, physics, engineering, chemistry, computer science, economics, finance, statistics, medical research, operations research, logic, and more.
Our approach, known as logical design, separates the creative process of writing from the mechanical process of formatting. You apply tags to text to say what the text is; the software handles the job of formatting it. Logical design leads to a more consistent and attractive document appearance because choices of fonts, spacing, emphasis, and other aspects of format are applied automatically. Separating the processes of creating and formatting a document combines the best of the online and print worlds. You concentrate on writing a correct paper; our software makes it a beautiful paper. Scientific WorkPlace, Scientific Word and Scientific Notebook come with predefined document shells.
When you use a WYSIWYG system, you constantly give commands
that affect the appearance of the content. You select text and then choose
a font, a font size, or a typeface. You apply alignment commands such as center,
left justify, and right justify. To center an equation, for example, you select
it and choose the center alignment. In a logical system, formatting commands
are replaced by commands that define the logical structure of the content
instead of its appearance. Rather than center text, you create a title, a
section head, or a displayed equation by applying tags to information in the
document. The format of the title, the alignment of section heads, and the
alignment of displayed equations are all determined separately by the properties
of the tags you use. In Scientific WorkPlace and Scientific
Word, tag properties are determined by the document's typesetting specifications
(a collection of commands that define the way the document appears when you
produce it with
Also, WYSIWYG systems divide documents into pages according to their anticipated appearance in print. To see an entire line, you often have to scroll horizontally because the screen dimensions and page dimensions do not match. In a logical system, working with pages is unnecessary, because the division of a document into pages has no connection to the document's logical structure. Thus, on the screen Scientific WorkPlace, Scientific Word, and Scientific Notebook break lines to fit the window. If you resize the window, the text is reshaped to fit it.
Our emphasis on logical structure does not ignore the fact
that documents must still be printed in a readable, organized, and visually
pleasing format, nor does it ignore the fact that you may not always need
publication-quality output. With Version 4 and later of Scientific
WorkPlace and Scientific Word, you can preview and print your documents
in two ways. You can compile, preview, and print your documents with