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  1. From: [removed-by-request]
    
    Hello there, I found your ametsoc.sty and related files and it's very
    useful...!  wanted to ask two questions:
    
    first, when I use
    
    \section{introduction}
    \label{sec:introduction}
    
    blah blah in section \ref{sec:introduction} blah blah,
    
    the text after the \ref command comes out in bold for the rest of the
    paper...  any clue...?
    
    second, is there a way to get the abstract to be ntered and over two
    columns, similar to the way it is in the AMS journals?
    
    thanks...  Eli
    

    On Monday 06 August 2001 23:09, you wrote:
    
    > \section{introduction}
    > \label{sec:introduction}
    >
    > blah blah in section \ref{sec:introduction} blah blah,
    
    The problem is that in LaTeX there are fragile sections and
    non-fragile sections and things go haywire sometimes.
    Do this:
        Section \protect{\ref{sec.introduction}}
    and the fragile section will be protected.
    
    I made a change to ametsoc.sty that will fix this problem in
    most common situations, but you might still see it.
    
    > second, is there a way to get the abstract to be ntered and over two
    > columns, similar to the way it is in the AMS journals?
    
    yes, this is what you do:
    
    1. Make sure you are not using the [twocolumn] option.
    2. Add the line:
     
    \usepackage{multicol}
    
    3. After the abstract section, specify that you are using two columns :
    
    \end{abstract}
    
    \begin{multicols}{2}
     (main sections go here)
    \end{multicols}
    \end{document}
    
    4. Unfortunately, multicol doesn't handle floats correctly. So, if you
    have tables or figures, you have to end the multicolumn before you
    start your table/figure and then restart it, i.e:
    
    \end{multicols}
    \begin{figure}
    ...
    \end{figure}
    \begin{multicols}{2}
    ...
    
    Hope this helps.
    Lakshman
    
    

  2. From: Ross Hoffman 
    To: lakshman@nssl.noaa.gov
    
    The figures and tables come out fine without the final option.
    In fact I have them all grouped at the end of the document.
    With the final option I get an unrecoverable error:
    
    [5] (/usr/local/teTeX/share/texmf/tex/latex/psnfss/omsptm.fd) [6] [7]
    (dvar4.ttt))
    Runaway argument?
    ! File ended while scanning use of \next.
    <inserted text> 
                    \par 
    <*> dvar4
    
    

    Ross figured out the problem:
    
    The package endfloat which ametsoc uses to put tables and figures
    at the end doesn't work if there is a space at the start of a 
    line like this:
      \end{table*}
    
    the solution is to remove the spaces and make the line:.
    \end{table*}
    
    

  3. From: Gang Chen
    When the reference list is directly generated from .bib files,
    by default, the capital letters in a sensence are converted
    into small letters except for the first letter. This is also
    done for Acronyms. I am wondering if there is a simple way to
    keep the acronyms to be capital letters
    
    Answer:
    Yes,  put acronyms in curly braces e.g.
    
    The characteristics of {NEXRAD} {D}oppler velocity fields
    
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