Thursday, March 23
After about four hours of beating my head against display.pl and LaTeX, here is test.pdf, which is bad on several levels, but is probably 9/10 of the way to being a real book. Given that I keep running into ways for raw HTML to play hell with LaTeX, this is actually relatively painless.
This book thing has highlighted some massive, heretofore only-just-suspected holes in my technical knowledge & sense of history. It's a familiar sensation, but I haven't felt anything quite like it while using a computer in years.