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Author Instructions - Course Notes

Congratulations on having your course accepted for presentation at the ACM SIGGRAPH annual conference. This document will help you to properly prepare and deliver your material for inclusion on the ACM SIGGRAPH Course Notes CD-ROM. Please read this entire document.

If you've got any questions about how to format your material for the CD-ROM, please contact me by email at or by telephone at (206) 616-3281 (8am-4pm Pacific time).

The Big Picture

As the organizer of your course, you are responsible for working with your speakers and presenters to collect and organize their material and deliver it to me.

Your course's material will be made available in two formats:

  • a printed version, available only at the annual conference
  • an electronic version, available on the Course Notes CD-ROM

You will need to deliver three things to me:

  • one or more electronic files - PDF, PostScript, QuickTime movies, etc.
  • a hardcopy draft of your course's printed notes
  • instructions on how to assemble the files you deliver into your course's notes

You'll also need to send a hardcopy draft of your course's printed notes to Katie Rylander at Capstone.

Both the electronic version and the printed version of your course's material will be created from the material you deliver to me. The print and electronic version of a course's notes usually vary somewhat, because there are things that can be delivered on CD-ROM that cannot be delivered in a print publication - QuickTime movies, VRML worlds, and so on - and occasionally, some material is better presented differently in print and on CD-ROM: the printed version of a PowerPoint presentation, for example, might better be presented two slides per page with room for notes.

The instructions which must accompany the files should clearly indicate which files are to be used for the print version and which for the electronic version.

Once delivered to me, I'll produce the print and CD-ROM versions of your course's notes - one PDF document for the print version and one PDF document plus whatever other material you provide for the CD-ROM - and check the print version against the hardcopy draft you provided.

The printed version of your course's notes will be printed in black and white and bound. You may specify up to eight pages of the printed version of your notes to be printed in color. The electronic version of your course's notes will contain all of the color of your original documents.

Deadline Information

The deadline for delivery of your course's material is 27 April 2001. This is a firm deadline.

Delivery Information

You can make your material available via Web or FTP, or by sending a CD-R containing the files. Once prepared, your material should be sent to:

Stephen Spencer
ACM SIGGRAPH Director for Publications
University of Washington
114 Sieg Hall, Box 352350
Seattle, WA 98195-2350
(206) 616-3281

or made available online and an email message sent to describing the material to be downloaded and its location.

The second hardcopy draft of your printed notes should be sent to:

Katie Rylander
Capstone Solutions
5475 Mark Dabling Blvd, Suite 108
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
(719) 599-3734

Accepted Formats

ACM SIGGRAPH conference CD-ROMs are hybrid Macintosh / ISO-9660 CD-ROM with Joliet extensions. Filenames of up to thirty-two characters in length, and of mixed case, are acceptable. Please do not use spaces in file or folder names. Upper and lower case letters, numbers, the dash "-" and underscore "_" characters are acceptable for use in file and folder names.

The bulk of your course's notes should be provided in Adobe Acrobat PDF or PostScript format. HTML presentations are acceptable, provided they follow the file and hyperlink naming guidelines in this document.

TIFF images are preferred, though GIF and JPEG images are acceptable. Images should not be compressed (LZW or otherwise).

Animations should be submitted as Cinepak- or Sorenson-compressed Quicktime files. MPEG files are also acceptable. Uncompressed animation files are not acceptable.

HTML presentations are accepted, with the following caveats:

  • your presentation should not rely on external resources for images or navigation elements,
  • the filenames of your presentation must match the filenames used in hyperlinks, both in spelling and in case.

PDF (Adobe Acrobat) documents are also acceptable as supplemental material.

If you wish to include instructions or documentation for the end user, please place this information in a plain text file called "readme.usr" with the rest of your material.

If you have other types of material you'd like to submit, please contact me and we can discuss the best way to include it on the CD-ROM.

Please follow the instructions for preparation of your material. Material that does not conform to these guidelines - in particular, attention to file naming and case guidelines - may not be included on the CD-ROM.

Assembly of Your Course's Material

What follows is an example of the instructions you might send me, to help me understand how to assemble the material you send to me into the print and electronic versions of your course's notes:

Good morning! Please download the following files from

  • part1.pdf
  • part2.pdf
  • part3-print.pdf
  • part3-cdrom.pdf
  • part4.pdf
  • dog-

The print version of the notes can be assembled from these files: part1.pdf, part2.pdf, part3-print.pdf, and part4.pdf. The electronic version of the notes can be assembled from these files: part1.pdf, part2.pdf, part3-cdrom.pdf, and part4.pdf. Please assemble them in the listed order. The two QuickTime movies can be included on the CD-ROM.

I'm sending the hardcopy of the printed notes by US Mail today.



If you've any questions about the preparation and/or delivery of your material, please call or email me. I'm happy to help solve the problem.