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Join the Overleaf Team!

Posted on February 1, 2019 by Overleaf Feed

Overleaf is growing, and we’d love for you to join us! We have several new positions open for those of you interested in joining the Overleaf team.

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Interventions à la journée d'étude « Encoder numériquement une édition critique »

Posted on February 1, 2019 by Geekographie Maïeulesque Feed

Ainsi qu'annoncé précedemment, j'organise ce 1er février une journée d'étude intitule « Encoder numériquement une édition critique : enjeux scientifiques et techniques ». J'y donne deux interventions : l'introduction et un exposé sur les édictions critiques avec LaTeX. Voici les supports de présentation de mes deux interventions. La journée sera enregistrée en vidéo, la publication viendra (...) - (r)(e)led(mac/par)

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Updates to and development location of my Debian packages (calibre, onedrive, texlive, etc)

Posted on January 31, 2019 by There and back again Feed

Due to recent events I have lost access to the packaging infrastructure of Debian (salsa), as well as the right to upload new packages (only updates are possible). This triggered a reorganization of my...

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Introduction à l'utilisation de LaTeX pour mettre en forme une édition critique

Posted on January 25, 2019 by Geekographie Maïeulesque Feed

J'interviens ce vendredi à l'IRHT dans le cadre des P'tits déj' « humanité numérique ». J'y présente rapidement le but de reledmac pour la mise en forme d'une édition critique. Comme d'habitude, je met ici mon support de présentation. - (r)(e)led(mac/par)

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TeX Live/Debian updates 20190122

Posted on January 24, 2019 by There and back again Feed

Despite current unpleasantries abound, I have updated the TeX Live packages – mostly to fix a critical bug in xr.sty – since I don’t think the users should pay with broken documents for what...

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Filling and version control

Posted on January 20, 2019 by Content AND Presentation Feed

It has been said a lot of times that when writing some (natural language) text with version control in Emacs, filling is a bad idea. Any change involving adding or deleting a significant number of characters and then refilling can result in all subsequent lines in a paragraph changed, and the diff looks really ugly then. The solution usually proposed is putting each sentence on a separate line, and then just use visual-line-mode to wrap your lines on the screen without putting any hard newlines in. Well, I sort of dislike this idea.

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The Git bridge in Overleaf v2 is here!

Posted on January 3, 2019 by Overleaf Feed

We’re delighted to announce that a git integration for Overleaf v2 is now released!

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Ten years of Some TeX Developments

Posted on January 1, 2019 by Some TeX Developments Feed

Just over ten years ago, I decided to establish a blog about TeX matters. After a bit of consideration and searching, I found that was available, and decided to call the blog Some TeX Developments. I’ve written nearly 400 posts since then, from one-liners about the blog itself to extended ‘articles’ on highly-technical aspects of TeX programming. I know that some of the most useful posts are ‘user’ advice, for example comparing TeX Live to MiKTeX, or explaining how overlays work in beamer. The blog recently moved to GitHub Pages, making it a bit easier for me to run, and to fix older posts. I expect to keep blogging, and look forward to the topics that come up in the next ten years!

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Reflections on an amazing year—2018 comes to a close

Posted on December 31, 2018 by Overleaf Feed

The past twelve months have been some of the biggest in Overleaf's history. Not only did we successfully launch the new Overleaf platform, we also hit the remarkable milestone of having over three million users worldwide! We even nudged our way into the Top 100 fastest growing companies in the UK as reported by SyndicateRoom earlier this month. This is a fantastic achievement, and we'd like to say a huge thank you to all our users, customers and partners who've helped us continue to provide the best service we can, and who've provided invaluable feedback and input into the new platform. As 2018 comes to a close, we thought we'd take a moment to look back on some of our personal highlights from 2018, and to wish everyone a fun, happy and successful 2019 😊

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Cuti-cuti Malaysia: 2019 calendar with Malaysian public and school holidays

Posted on December 31, 2018 by Malaysian LaTeX User Group Feed

I made a calendar marked with Malaysian holidays for personal use, and then decided to make it public. It uses my LaTeX CD calendar template. Here are some sample pages: Download Cuti-cuti Malaysia 2019 Calendar for Penang Download LaTeX source code files This has been customised specifically with Penang in mind, so state holidays observed […]

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TUGboat 39:3 published

Posted on December 23, 2018 by TeX Users Group Feed

TUGboat volume 39, number 3 (a regular issue) has been mailed to TUG members. It is also available online and from the TUG store. Thus, prior TUGboat issue 39:2 is now publicly available. Please consider joining or renewing your TUG membership if you haven't already.

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Einführung in ConTeXt

Posted on December 22, 2018 by TeXwelt Feed

Axel Kielhorn hat eine deutschsprachige Einführung in ConTeXt verfasst, wie er heute auf der Vereins-Mailingliste mitteilte. Auf 45 Seiten erklärt er die wesentlichen Grundlagen, also Gliederung (Kapitel, Abschnitte und feiner) Stichpunkt-Listen, Aufzählungen, beschreibende Listen Text-Formatierung, Schriften und Größen Querverweise und … Weiterlesen →

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TeX Live/Debian updates 20181214

Posted on December 15, 2018 by There and back again Feed

Another month passed, and the (hoepfully) last upload for this year brings updates to the binaries, to the usual big set of macro and font packages, and some interesting and hopefully useful changes. The...

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Overleaf recognized as one of the UK's Top 100 fastest-growing businesses

Posted on December 11, 2018 by Overleaf Feed

We're delighted to announce that Overleaf has been recognised as one of the UK's fastest-growing businesses, nudging ourselves into SyndicateRoom's Top 100 at number 99 :) The Top 100 report was jointly compiled by independent research agency Beauhurst and SyndicateRoom to highlight the 100 fastest-growing private companies in the UK by focusing on company growth over the three years from 2015 to 2018.

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Floating point calculations in LaTeX

Posted on December 9, 2018 by Some TeX Developments Feed

TeX does not include any ‘native’ support for floating point calculations, but that has not stopped lots of (La)TeX users wanting to do sums (and more complicated things) in their document. As TeX is Turing complete, it’s not a surprise that there are several ways to implement calculations. For end users, the differences between these are not important: what is key is what to use. Here, I’ll give a bit of background, look at the various possibilities, then move on to give a recommendation. Background When Knuth wrote TeX, he had one aim in mind: high-quality typesetting. He also wanted to have sources which were truly portable between different systems. At the time, there was no standard for specifying how floating point operations should be handled at the hardware level: as such, no floating point operations were system-independent. Knuth decided that TeX would provide no user access to anything dependent on platform-specific floating-point operations. That means that the TeX functions that look like floats (in particular dimen work) actually use integer arithmetic and convert ‘at the last minute’. Technical considerations There are two basic approaches to setting up floating point systems in TeX: either use dimensions or doing everything in ...

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