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TUG 2015 Details

Posted on March 1, 2015 by TeXblog Feed

These days, the TUG announced details of the upcoming meeting. You can read all here: https://www.tug.org/tug2015/. This 36th annual meeting will take place July 20 – 22 in Darmstadt, Germany. It’s about 30 kilometers away from Frankfurt, so I plan to … Continue reading →

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2015-02-28 Math examples in TeX, part I

Posted on February 28, 2015 by Content AND Presentation Feed

I’m currently coauthoring an introductory book on LaTeX. (Yes, yet another one. But apparently there are not that many of them in Polish!) Of course, one of the must-haves is a chapter on typesetting equations. What I wanted, however, is a way to enter them with preservation of the DRY principle.

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LaTeX Class and Template for IIUM Thesis

Posted on February 27, 2015 by Malaysian LaTeX User Group Feed

Moaaz Elhag Ali (email address in the .cls file) has created a LaTeX thesis class and template for the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), by modifying the UMalayaThesis class files. He has requested that I host the files here so that it may benefit IIUM students. iiumthesis.cls and template files can be downloaded here.

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Papers on "Float Placement" and "Regression Tests"

Posted on February 23, 2015 by LaTeX Project Feed

Two new articles have been uploaded: a paper describing in detail the mysteries of LaTeX's float placement algorithmn (and how to influence it) and a paper presenting an overview about the new regression test concepts that can be used to manage LaTeX code. Both papers have been first published in TUGboat 35#3.

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2015-02-21 Lorem ipsum dolor sit Emacs

Posted on February 21, 2015 by Content AND Presentation Feed

As many LaTeX users know, sometimes you just need some dummy text so that you can test a font, a layout or something like that. In such cases, the lipsum package (or kantlipsum, if you’re feeling philosophical) is really handy. OTOH, when coding things like Org-mode exporters, a similar thing for Emacs’ Org-mode would be also useful. So I decided to write lipsum.el. Well, but I didn’t write it after all. I googled first, and it turns out that I was late by more than a decade…

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Hook de pre-commit pour fichier .dtx, .sty et autres fichiers de package

Posted on February 21, 2015 by Geekographie Maïeulesque Feed

Dans un précédent article, je parlais de mon hook de pré-commit pour vérifier l'ajout de de % à la fin de chaque ligne dans un fichier .dtxy ou .sty. J'ai amélioré ce hook pour lui ajouter d'autres fonctions de vérifications utiles lorsqu'on crée des packages LaTeX. Principe Les fichiers .dtx permettent de documenter un code LaTeX en même temps qu'on le saisit. Il nécessite cependant une syntaxe rigoureuse, et il m'arrive parfois de faire quelques erreurs. Installation Rien ne changer : télécharger (...) - Package

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LaTeX Beginner’s Guide ebook for free

Posted on February 21, 2015 by Stack Exchange TeX Blog Feed

In agreement with the publisher, the “LaTeX Beginner’s Guide” ebook will soon be officially available for free download. But this will be for a single day only, within the next two weeks. I cannot tell the date yet, not even if it’s tomorrow or next week. Otherwise, the regular price is € 24.97, just € […]

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Get the "LaTeX Beginner's Guide" ebook for free

Posted on February 20, 2015 by LaTeX Community News Feed

I’m happy to tell you than we can provide the „LaTeX Beginner’s Guide“ as an ebook for free, for a limited time. The normal price for the ebook is € 24.97, now it will be € 0,00 for one day. This was agreed with the publisher, and it will be valid for that single day only. I cannot tell you the exact day yet, but it will be a single day in the following 2 weeks, starting from tomorrow. For further information and updates you can visit: the forum announcement. This is a special thanks to all LaTeX Community members for their LaTeX support in this forum. That's why it's in the member's area. But don't hesitate to become a free member if you like.

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The new scrletter package in KOMA-Script

Posted on February 15, 2015 by Uwe Ziegenhagen Feed

Since version 3.15 of the KOMA-Script bundle there is a new scrletter package, providing the scrletter functionality in other document classes. Here’s an example of what can be done with the package: \documentclass[12pt,ngerman]{scrartcl} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} \usepackage{booktabs} \usepackage{babel} \usepackage{graphicx} \usepackage{csquotes} \usepackage{paralist} \usepackage{xcolor,blindtext}   \usepackage{scrletter}   \begin{document}   \blindtext[3]   \setkomavar{fromname}{Max Mustermann} \setkomavar{fromaddress}{Musterstr. 12 \\ 12345~Musterstadt} \setkomavar{place}{Musterstadt} […]

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2015-02-14 Counting visible characters

Posted on February 14, 2015 by Content AND Presentation Feed

There was a discussion on the ConTeXt mailing list recently about counting visible characters in a PDF file. This is easily reduced (by the pdftotext utility) to the problem of counting visible characters in a text file. Just for fun, I decided to do this in Elisp. I knew this wouldn’t be really a challenge to code it, but it might be a bit challenging to make it optimal.

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Comment convertir un article saisi en .tex vers un traitement de textes

Posted on February 13, 2015 by Geekographie Maïeulesque Feed

Pandoc est présenté comme le « couteau suisse » des convertisseurs de documents. Nous nous proposons ici de l'utiliser dans un but précis. Le cas pratique est le suivant : nous avons saisi un article sous (Xe)LaTeX, mais l'éditeur réclame un fichier dans un format de traitement de texte, avec une bibliographie ou bien une liste des références à la fin. Avec pandoc, ce type de transformation est très facile à réaliser, même à partir d'un document source .tex relativement complexe. Dans le document simple (...) - LaTeX

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TeXdoc.net got a new interface

Posted on February 11, 2015 by TeXblog Feed

Today, TeXdoc.net shines in new splendor. It’s a project of Paulo Cereda and me. While I maintain the web server and the TeX installation, he contributes layout and programming for the interface. Today Paulo provided a completely new version. Together … Continue reading →

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Coloured rules in vwcol

Posted on February 10, 2015 by LaTeX Alive Feed

The name of this site is not very accurate at the moment. Life has become rather busy and complicated in the last few years, so apologies to any readers that hoped for more from me on the LaTeX front. I live in optimism, however, that things will imminently pick up. One of my favourite and least useful packages I’ve written is vwcol. It’s pretty scary to think that I wrote it almost seven years ago; where does the time fly? It’s so old that it wasn’t even version controlled. A couple of years ago someone asked on TeX.sx whether it could draw rules of different colours. An easy fix, but I apparently ran out of time on it; I revisited the problem after being pinged about it again, it turns out that I fixed the code but never uploaded it to CTAN! Silly old Will. Well, in an effort to get the ball rolling again, vwcol now has a Github repository and a new version is making its way to CTAN with very few changes except the new rulecolor option. A belated happy new year.

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Une (trop) brève introduction à (Xe)LaTeX

Posted on February 10, 2015 by Geekographie Maïeulesque Feed

Le Centre de Formation des Doctorant-e-s à l'Insertion Professionelle du pôle de recherche et enseignement supérieur Sorbonne Paris Cité m'a demandé de présenter LaTeX pour les SHS. L'exercice est difficile, puisqu'il s'agit en deux heures, nom de former à LaTeX (avec exemple pratique), mais de le présenter (ses spécificités, ses intérêts). Je m'y suis donc attelé. Vous trouverez ci-joint le support de présentation. Évidemment pour apprendre, le mieux est encore de lire des véritables ouvrages. Par (...) - LaTeX

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Une (trop) brève introduction à (Xe)LaTeX

Posted on February 10, 2015 by Geekographie Maïeulesque Feed

Le Centre de Formation des Doctorants à l'Insertion Professionelle du pôle de recherche et enseignement supérieur Sorbonne Paris Cité m'a demandé de présenter LaTeX pour les SHS. L'exercice est difficile, puisqu'il s'agit en deux heures, nom de former à LaTeX (avec exemple pratique), mais de le présenter (ses spécificités, ses intérêts). Je m'y suis donc attelé. Vous trouverez ci-joint le support de présentation. Évidemment pour apprendre, le mieux est encore de lire des véritables ouvrages. Par exemple (...) - LaTeX

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