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TUGboat volume 37, number 3 (a regular issue) has been mailed to TUG members. It is also available online and from the TUG store. Please consider joining or renewing your TUG membership if you haven't already.
Videos from the memorial for Sebastian Sebastian Rahtz (13.2.1955 - 15.3.2016) Earlier this year our good friend and colleague Sebastian Rahtz passed away — with him the TeX community lost one of its very influencial members. On September 27th 2016 the Oxford e-Research Centre hosted a memorial session for Sebastian at Wolfram College, Oxford titled “SPQR a digital legacy: what Sebastian Patrick Quintus Rahtz did for us”. Videos of the event have now been made available and they are certainly worth watching. Phil Taylor talks about Sebastian’s contributions to the TeX world and Anne Trefethen reads a short statement from Don Knuth. I very much enjoyed listening to Joe Talbot’s talk about “What Sebastian Taught Us” and there are many more presentations that are all worth watching. I wrote a short memorial on Sebastian for the Technische Komödie (the newsletter of the German TeX User’s Group (DANTE)). It was also was also translated to English as a TUGBoat article. Both articles can be found on the Publications page. Sebastian and his legacy will stay with us. Frank
As we are moving closer to the Debian release freeze, I am shipping out a new set of packages. Nothing spectacular here, just the regular updates and a security fix that was only reported internally. Add sugar and a few minor bug fixes. I have been silent for quite some time, busy at my new [...]
There’s been some recent discussion on the TeX Live mailing list about recording dependencies for (La)TeX packages. This is a good idea but means that package authors need to think about their dependency situation. So I thought a few words on this would be helpful, at least from the point of view of the most ... Read more
There are lots of places one can host development of open source code. I’ve used a few over the years, but in recent times have mainly focussed on GitHub. That’s true not least because the LaTeX3 development code is held there. The one package I’m involved in that’s to-date been elsewhere has been beamer: there ... Read more
New procedure for reporting LaTeX bugs The LaTeX Project Team maintains a bugs database for the core LaTeX software (LaTeX kernel + packages maintained by the team). Due to the fact that we get more and more bug reports that we can’t help with (as they are for one of the many third-party packages out there) we have written a small package that helps with classifying issues and that identifies the correct addressee for a bug report. This package should be used in every test file showing a bug prior to reporting that bug to us. The new procedure and some helpful information is now described in a dedicated bugs page that you find here.
Tenth issue of LaTeX3 news released It has been a while since we published an issue on LaTeX3 development topics, but that doesn’t mean nothing has happened in the meantime. On the contrary. Issue number ten of the LaTeX3 news brings some info about testing LaTeX (or even non-LaTeX) packages using l3build; refinements to expl3; an experimental extension to xparse and on globally optimized pagination of documents.
From time to time it is necessary to manually correct the spacing between...
Mon collègue et ami Guillaume Jacques m’a demandé conseil sur la manière de réaliser un diagramme de parenté avec LaTeX. Les diagrammes de parenté sont un outil courant en anthropologie pour représenter les systèmes de parenté. En effet selon les cultures et les langues, les relations de parenté ne sont pas conceptualisées et nommées de la même manière. Par exemple, dans les langues ryukyu, les frères et sœurs cadets son désignés par le même terme, sans distinction de sexe. Et il existe des systèmes de […]
Future releases of LaTeX will require an eTeX-enabled engine LaTeX2e was released in 1994 and since then the LaTeX3 Project have been committed to keeping it working smoothly for users. That means balancing up keeping the code stable with fixing bugs and adding new features. Back in 2003 the team announced that the eTeX extensions would be used by the kernel when they were available. The new primitives offered by eTeX make many parts of TeX programming easier and often there’s no way in ‘classical’ TeX to get the same effect. As eTeX was finalised in 1999, starting to use it seriously in around 2004 meant most people had access to them. Since then, the availability and use of eTeX has spread, and almost all users have them available. Indeed, the standard format-building routines for LaTeX have included them for many years. There are also a lot of packages on CTAN that use eTeX, most obviously any using the expl3 programming language that the LaTeX3 Project have created. The team had always meant to say at some stage that eTeX was now required, and indeed thought we had until we checked over the official newsletters! So as of the next ...
This month's update falls onto a national holiday in Japan. My recent start as a normal company employee in Japan doesn't leave me enough time during normal days to work on Debian, so things have to wait for holidays. There have been a few notable changes in the current packages, and above all I wanted [...]
Leider bin ich in den nächsten Monaten sehr stark in diverse Projekte eingebunden und dadurch gezwungen, diesen Blog für ein paar Ausgaben zu pausieren. Ich bin vorraussichtlich im Februar oder März 2017 wieder mit neuen Beispielen zur Stelle. Bis dahin wünsche ich allen Lesern eine gute Zeit, besinnliche Feiertage und einen guten Rutsch! Tobi W_
LaTeX2e was released in 1994 and since then the LaTeX3 Project have been committed to keeping it working smoothly for users. That means balancing up keeping the code stable with fixing bugs and adding new features. Back in 2003 the team announced that the e-TeX extensions would be used by the kernel when they were ... Read more
When I use AUCTeX to edit Beamer presentations, I usually want \pause to be on its own line. Therefore, I added this to my init.el: (setq LaTeX-paragraph-commands '("pause" "blpause"))
Videos of several of the talks from the recent UK-TUG meeting are now available on Vimeo: xparse revisited, Joseph Wright A case for templates and code snippets, Paulo Cereda TeX in industry, Stefan Kottwitz Workshop: TeX in education
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