In publishing, deadlines are everything.
Before he founded
John Ashmead worked as a consultant for a small publishing startup
and then for the consulting firm AGS.
In the course of these assignments,
he did a fair amount of work in publishing.
for a publishing firm as well as for the internal publishing
operations of a large telco,
with particular emphasis on automation of previously manual functions.
One specific operational analysis assisted the telco
$4,000,000/year of operational savings.
He automated the typesetting of several new academic and scientific journals
for a scholarly and scientific press.
He automated the typesetting of concordances to Euripedes.
These arrived in Ancient Greek and had to be typeset in the same language.
He created a debugging version of troff,
the UNIX typesetting program,
to provide complete traces of the macros it was executing
at any particular time.
This proved invaluable in providing support for a telco's internal
and external publishing operations.
He wrote some C utilities to automate the printing at a telco's internal operations.
one program replaced hundreds of individual user scripts.