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E-TeX: Guidelines for Future TeX Extensions - revisited PDF Print E-mail
LaTeX - General
Written by Frank Mittelbach   
Saturday, 23 March 2013 18:55

Shortly after Don Knuth announced TeX 3.0 I gave a paper analyzing TeX's abilities as a typesetting engine. The abstract back then said:

Now it is time, after ten years' experience, to step back and consider whether or not TeX3.0 is an adequate answer to the typesetting requirements of the nineties.

Output produced by TeX has higher standards than output generated automatically by most other typesetting systems. Therefore, in this paper we will focus on the quality standards set by typographers for hand-typeset documents and ask to what extent they are achieved by TeX. Limitations of TeX's algorithms are analyzed; and missing features as well as new concepts are outlined.

Now—two decades later—it is time to take another look and see what has been achieved since then, and perhaps more importantly, what can be achieved now with computer power having multiplied by a huge factor and, last but not least, by the arrival of a number of successors to TeX that have lifted some of the limitations identified back then.

TikZ Library for Structural Analysis PDF Print E-mail
LaTeX - Graphics, Figures & Tables
Written by Jürgen Hackl   
Sunday, 10 March 2013 13:12

At university it is always a very time consuming work to create new assignments, and tests; especially when those tasks include drawing graphics.

In the field of structural engineering those small structures are a key part for teaching. For this reason I developed, in cooperation with the Institute for Structural Analysis at the Graz University of Technology, a TikZ library for Structural Analysis.

Texmaker 3.4 released PDF Print E-mail
News - LaTeX Editors
Written by Stefan Kottwitz   
Tuesday, 17 July 2012 18:55

Today, Texmaker version 3.4 has been released. Texmaker is a free LaTeX editor which runs on Linux, Mac OS X and Windows systems. Some of its features are Unicode capability, spell checking, auto-completion, code folding, a built-in PDF viewer with SyncTeX support and continuous view mode.

TUG2012 - Day 1 PDF Print E-mail
LaTeX Community - Conferences
Written by David Latchman   
Monday, 23 July 2012 08:18
On July 16-18, 2012, I attended the 33rd annual meeting of the TeX Users Group (TUG) conference in Boston, MA. For me, it was special as this was my first TUG conference and my first time presenting. I will admit to being a little nervous as I didn't quite know what to expect or what would be expected of me as a presenter.
Graphics Tools for LaTeX PDF Print E-mail
LaTeX - Graphics, Figures & Tables
Written by Pieter Belmans   
Tuesday, 19 June 2012 16:13

By the time you read this the revolution that Donald Knuth has caused in typesetting by creating TeX has made all of our lives so much easier. And I believe we are not enough aware of it. Producing high-quality typesetting and beautiful typography, including mathematics, tables of contents, glossaries, ... It is all possible with a few backslashes and curly brackets.

Over the last years a similar breakthrough has been occurring in the creation of graphics. This is no longer the territory of either big software suites or obscure programs. The current open-source software related to TeX has matured greatly and is now capable of what was previously only within reach of the happy few with specific knowledge and tools. This article is about how I have been experiencing the aforementioned breakthrough, hoping to convince you of trying some of the currently available tools yourself.