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11. Directions for future work

The TEX system is rarely used outside the author's practice, and even the LaTEX system derived from it is not much use for Web-based presentation.

The important functional capability is to italicize biological names properly. Accordingly, the author envisions a system where the current TEX-markup fields in the various input and output files will be replaced by fields that use underbar (_) characters to represent the start and end of italicized text. Some examples:

TEX styleNew style
\sp{Accipiter}_Accipiter_
Brant (\itc{hrota})Brant (_hrota_)

From text marked up in this way, it is easy to derive the TEX version or to mark it up with HTML <i></i> tags.