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Case Study: Why Symplectic use Overleaf for Technical Documentation

Posted on March 25, 2019 by Overleaf Feed

In this Case Study we are delighted to share Symplectic’s success in using Overleaf to produce high quality, up-to-date, technical documentation for their clients.

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TeXworks v0.63

Posted on March 17, 2019 by Some TeX Developments Feed

Regular readers will know that I’m a fan of the light-weight TeXworks editor. It keeps the user interface pared down, letting both new and experienced users focus on their input, whilst at the same time having lots of handy features. Steffan Löffler has recently released v0.63 of TeXworks, and despite the minor version change (from v0.62), there’s quite a lot of new stuff. Highlights for me are Basic support for BibTeX, including a new menu entry to insert citations into sources More granular SyncTeX sypport, making it easier to go backward and forward from source to PDF Re-written syntax highlighting, addressing some of the long-standing issues TeXworks has had with longer sources Improved syntax patterns and keyword completion lists (both from me!)

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Overleaf selected as a finalist in the DigitalAgenda Impact Awards 2019!

Posted on March 8, 2019 by Overleaf Feed

The 3rd Annual DigitalAgenda Impact Awards took place in London on the 7th March 2019, and once again highlighted the latest champions of #TechForGood across the UK. The Digital Agenda Impact Awards celebrate digital innovations that improve people’s lives and the world around us. They are open to any business, government department or non-profit using digital products or services for positive social or environmental benefit. The awards are grouped into three themes (People, Society and Business) across 12 categories, including Health, Diversity, Investment and Education. Overleaf is delighted to be one of three finalists from across the UK selected in the Education category, and one of 36 finalists out of 300 nominees overall who are leading the way in digital transformation in all sectors.

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Collecting environment content using xparse

Posted on March 7, 2019 by Some TeX Developments Feed

LaTeX environments are almost always used for cases where the content does not make sense as a macro argument. That can happen for example because there are clear ‘start’ and ‘end’ conditions, because the content is long and open-ended, or because category code changes are needed. The amsmath bundle first implemented an approach to collecting up the entire content of environments. For amsmath, this is needed to allow two-pass measurement of the width of align environments. Not surprisingly, this idea turns out to be more widely useful. It appears in a generic form in the environ package, which allows us to do \documentclass{article} \usepackage{environ} \begin{document} \NewEnviron{foo}{\showtokens\expandafter{\BODY}} \begin{foo} Some content \end{foo} \end{document} with the content of the environment referred to as \BODY. There have been long-standing requests to add a similar ability to xparse. After some consideration, the LaTeX team have now added this ability as a new type of argument: b-type. Rather than requiring a separate command, this integrates directly into the existing approach in xparse: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{xparse} \begin{document} \NewDocumentEnvironment{foo}{b}{\showtokens{#1}}{} \begin{foo} Some content \end{foo} \end{document} Probably most notable here is the fact that the environment content is available simply as #1, rather than requiring a special macro name. It also ...

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Using LaTeX to typeset critical editions

Posted on February 25, 2019 by Geekographie Maïeulesque Feed

I was invited to a learning session in organized by the “Research Infrastructure on Religious Studies” to animate a workshop about LaTeX and cricital edition. Here, you will find the beamer of the workshop, which is followed by a practical training, using overleaf. - (r)(e)led(mac/par)

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Enregistrements vidéo de la journée d'étude « Encoder numériquement une édition critique »

Posted on February 6, 2019 by Geekographie Maïeulesque Feed

À la demande de plusieurs personnes, nous avons procédé à un enregistrement vidéos des interventions lors de la journée d'étude « Encoder numériquement une édition critique ». Avant toute chose, je tiens à remercier mon collègue Francis Mobio pour m'avoir formé à la capture vidéo (les problèmes de capture sont de moi !) et avoir effectué le montage final. Tara Andrews ayant été malade elle n'a pu venir. Elle nous a envoyé ses diapositives, qui ont été présentées par Violeta Seretan, mais nous n'avons pas (...) - (r)(e)led(mac/par)

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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 texdev.net 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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