Welcome to the Press Room
This is where the OS/2
eZine is put together each month. You'll find our mission
contact information, column's
in search of an author,
article ideas, suggested review format, submission
guidelines and new writer information below.
If you need anything else or have questions, contact Isaac Leung, Editor in Chief.
Isaac Leung, Editor in Chief
Grubbs, Senior Editor
The deadline for article
submissions for each issue is the 6th of the month prior to the issue date.
In order to give the editors and layout people a bit of time to make each
issue the best it can be, this is a firm deadline. We appreciate
any extra effort you make to your articles in on time.
We are looking for regular
columnists to cover the following (or bring your own ideas):
Product mini-reviews hardware or software
What is new and cool for Developers
Today and Tomorrow
20 questions with ...
OS/2 Netlabs, hey that's a lot of neat software
So Just Who's using OS/2 These Days - Industry interviews
Freetype/2 - What is it and what will it do for me http://www.freetype.org/ft_os2/index.html
OS/2 User Groups - Where are they and how do you get to attend, contact
info, meeting dates
Links - A review of current, interesting OS/2 related websites
Gaming on OS/2 - what projects are going on?
OpenOffice - What's happening on the OS/2 front.
OpenWatcom - Project Status
Device Driver Development Basics - DDK2, WarpDriver at OS/2 Netlabs, OS/2
PDD list, Timur Tabi's Pages
PHP3 and MySQL on OS/2 - Building database driven websites.
Privacy & Cryptograpy - an introduction for the OS/2 user
Sundial Systems - the makers of Junkspy, Mesa/2, DBExpert, Clearlook and
more. What are they up to?
Graverobbers - there's lots of free discontinued commercial software available,
get some! Wipeout, Post Road Mailer, PhotoGraphics Pro
OS/2 On the Cheap - How do you get into OS/2 on a budget?
The deadline for submissions is the 6th day of the month the issue the article is to appear in.
Articles may be submitted
to the editors at firstname.lastname@example.org
The language of OS/2
eZine is English - but don't worry if English isn't your first language,
we have very good editors.
Articles should be
submitted as plain text, one blank line between each paragraph.
Minimal HTML markup
such as <B>bold</B> and <I>italics</I> is allowed
(and appreciated) for tables or emphasis where required.
Photos and diagrams
should be marked in the text with <filename.png> in the body of the
You should SPELLCHECK
your submission before sending it to the editors.
You should READ your
submission through from start to end until you stop making changes.
Photos and diagrams
must be in PNG or JPEG format. PNG's are better for screenshots. For legal reasons
we will no longer be accepting GIF's.
Images should generally
be under 610 pixels wide, but if they are larger than 760 pixels wide,
we would appreciate smaller versions as well.
If your article is
made of more than one file, please gather them together in a single ZIP
Name your files to
all start with the same 3 or four letters, this makes it easier for us
to find article related images among the many that go into each issue.
If you are submitting
a file in a word processor format please add image marks rather than just
inserting the image. Be sure to include the original image files. Try to avoid complex formatting, it is hard
to move to HTML.
If you wish to publish
a photo of yourself with your article, it must be no larger than 135x135
pixels, and black and white.
If you wish to include
a description of yourself, it must be 40 words or less. It may include
a web link to your business or personal site.
If you like, you can
provide an email address where readers can contact you. Let us know
if you want to use a different email than the one we use to contact you.
reserve the right to refuse to publish any article for any reason.
Some examples: material we deem likely to cause the OS/2 eZine legal difficulty,
material that is offensive or unsuitable for a family audience.
If you are writing a review, we suggest you include the following sections and information:
- About the product
- Product Support & Service
- Links, price, manufacturer, support and contact information
This is a skeleton outline only, feel free to add or skip sections as needed. Here is a sample.
We appreciate at least one photo or screenshot of the reviewed product.
If you have never written
for the OS/2 eZine before, this is how it works. All our authors
and editors are volunteers. Nobody gets paid. We do this out
of the goodness of our hearts so everyone has to keep that in mind when
they ask for things. If you are willing to help out and have a topic
in mind, contact the editors with your idea. The more information
you can provide the better, a brief outline would be particularly helpful.
If they think it is something for the eZine, they will put it on the schedule.
If they think it doesn't suit the eZine, or if it has been covered recently,
they might suggest a different slant, or even a different subject if you're
If you don't have a
topic in mind, check out the list of article ideas
above for some suggestions. Once you have a topic and a slot in the
schedule, you'll be assigned an editor to work with. This person
will help you polish your finished article until it shines. In general
the editors prefer to keep their editing to minor changes in spelling,
word choice or grammar. For larger changes they will make every effort
to consult with you, although if it comes down to the publishing date,
the Editor in Chief will have the final decision. If you have an
issue with the editing of your article, please don't get mad, talk to your
editor, there's probably a good reason for the change.
To make life easier
for the editors, before you submit your completed article, spellcheck it,
and read it from beginning to end until you can get through it without
changing anything. Please make an effort to submit your finished
article by the deadline. Our editors, like you, are volunteers and
life isn't pleasant for them if they have to try to do everything at the
last minute. If English is not your first language, please try to
submit your article early to give your editor a little extra time to work
If your article states
any facts that may be in question, please have verifiable sources and provide
them to your editor. If the article contains any offensive material,
slanderous statements or issues that may cause the eZine legal difficulties,
or that the editors feel is not in the best interest of the OS/2 eZine
or the OS/2 community, or that the editors otherwise deem to be unfit to
print, the eZine reserves the right not to publish it, although we will
help you try to find another venue for it.
If you aren't going
to make the deadline, let us know as soon as possible so we can try to
find something else to fill your slot.
really want to make things easy for us...
If you really want to make things easy for us, here are the markup macros we use
to layout the OS/2 eZine each month. If you use these macros in your text, you will
save the Editors the work of adding them.
<$EndOfIntro> - Mark the end of the introductory paragraph(s).
<$Heading T="Section Heading">
<$Email I="email" D="domain.com" N="Your Name"> - a spambot-proof email link of the form email@example.com that displays "Your Name" on the page.
<$Link U="http://www.url.com" T="Link to a web page"> - any link you like.
<$LinkURL U="www.url.com"> - url link where the text is to be the same as the URL (note no http so only works for http links.)
<$ReviewSplitter> - splitter between a review's body text and the info section at the bottom.
<$FontStart> <$FontEnd> - start/end fonts for tables or anywhere where the document font isn't used and you want the default eZine font.
<img src="yourfile.png" width=432 height=661> - insert image. Make sure you set the width and height correctly.
OS/2 e-Zine is committed
to serving the OS/2 community by providing accurate, useful, and timely
information every month. We will deliver user-oriented hardware and
software reviews, thoughtful editorial comment, and 'how-to' articles
which will include useful tips for both the novice and the experienced
- Thanks to Pete Grubbs
for this succinct description of our purpose as a publication.