{An output routine for an illustrated book}
{Boris Veytsman}
{Output routines involving illustrations (``floating bodies'' in the
\LaTeX\ lingo) are the most complex part of \TeX. For the most part,
algorithms used in \TeX\, \LaTeX\ and \ConTeXt\ the basic concept is
the flow of text, occasionally interrupted by illustrations that can
be placed anywhere close the the point they are mentioned. The story
is told mainly by the text, and illustrations have the secondary
role.
We discuss the different case of an \emph{illustrated book}, where the
main story is told by the illustrations and their interaction. The
simplest examples of such books are art albums. Another (surprising)
example is the \textsl{\acro{FAO} Statistical Yearbook}, where the story
is told primarily by maps, charts and tables, while text has the
secondary role.
We describe a concept of a relatively simple output routine for such
books and its implementation in \LaTeX.}