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New fontspec release

Posted on June 1, 2014 by LaTeX Alive Feed

Major releases of fontspec don’t happen too often: v2.1 2010 / 09 v2.2 2011 / 09 v2.2b 2012 / 05 ("TeX Live 2012") v2.3 2013 / 02 v2.4 2014 / 06 The new version on its way to CTAN now is the largest in a long time; I’m happy to report that a couple of long-standing and significant bugs have been squashed. (Of course, I may well have spawned a few more…) This release happened because of a one bug in particular, involving the poor (or rather non-existent) interaction between SizeFeatures and the shape options such as ItalicFeatures. I’d known about it for years and years, gnawing away in the background, and I knew it wasn’t exactly a trivial fix—my code had simply not been written cleanly with these two interacting features in mind. It shouldn’t be a secret that I haven’t had much time for LaTeX programming over the last few years now, and fixing up fontspec, the package that got me into this whole mess in the first place, turned out to be a good way to re-engage somewhat with my old flame. Turns out after reading through the code again, summarising what was going on, and heavily ...

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TeX Live 2014 for Debian

Posted on May 29, 2014 by There and back again Feed

I have just uploaded a set of packages that brings TeX Live 2014 (as it is currently frozen in preparation for the DVD image) to Debian/unstable. The packages have already been accepted and will find their way to the Debian mirrors over the next day. The packages are all based on the preliminary DVD image/tlnet […] The post TeX Live 2014 for Debian appeared first on There and back again.

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Testing TeX: Lua and TeX, and not just for LuaTeX

Posted on May 27, 2014 by Some TeX Developments Feed

I wrote recently about the LaTeX3 build scripts, and that we are moving them to Lua for cross-platform work. One particular area the team are interested in is ‘unit testing’, something that’s common in ‘real’ programming but not so widespread for (La)TeX. The main reason for that is obvious: most people programming TeX aren’t professionals […]

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Knuth's TAOCP - hardcover and ebook

Posted on May 27, 2014 by There and back again Feed

Finally I got it - the bible for all who are serious about programming. DEK's The Art of Computer Programming. I had some coupon's for InformIT purchases, and used that to get both the hardcover as well as the recently released ebook version of TAOCP. In this blog post I will give a short intro […] The post Knuth's TAOCP - hardcover and ebook appeared first on There and back again.

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Lua for LaTeX3 build scripts

Posted on May 25, 2014 by Some TeX Developments Feed

Anyone who follows the LaTeX3 GitHub pages will have seen a lot of checkins recently, not only for the code itself but also for a new set of build scripts. The work should hopefully make us more efficient but also impact on others, directly or indirectly. Once of the first things I did when I […]

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Coloring multi-row tables in LaTeX

Posted on May 19, 2014 by Blog on Latex Matters Feed

Since Apple introduced alternately colored rows in their lists in Mac OS X, it has become more and more popular to color tables in LaTeX in a similar fashion. Usually, this can be achieved fairly easily, see my post on the topic here. However, when using multirow, things become slightly more complicated. In this post, ... [Read more...]

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Debian/TeX Live 2014 in experimental (version 2014.20140513-1)

Posted on May 14, 2014 by There and back again Feed

As already mentioned in a , packaging of TeX Live 2014 for Debian has progressed a lot. Today I am happy to announce that the first TeX Live 2014 (prerelease) packages have been included in Debian/experimental. The new release does bring a few additions and changes, but nothing fundamentally. libpng hell As I have pointed […] The post Debian/TeX Live 2014 in experimental (version 2014.20140513-1) appeared first on There and back again.

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gitinfo2: LaTeX and git join forces

Posted on May 14, 2014 by Stack Exchange TeX Blog Feed

A pre-announcement About 2½ years ago, I uploaded version 1 of gitinfo. Since then, I have received many emails suggesting features and asking for advice, but until now I just hadn’t had the time to act on them. Over the past few days, however, I’ve returned to those emails, and the end result is gitinfo2, […]

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TUG 2014 presentation deadline of May 16

Posted on May 13, 2014 by TeX Users Group Feed

We would greatly appreciate receiving expressions of interest, proposals for presentations, etc., at the conference by this Friday, May 16. The conference will be held in Portland, Oregon, USA, from July 28 to July 30. Although we will consider later submissions while possible, for planning purposes it will help tremendously to have information by the deadline. And of course we hope you will consider attending in any case! (Make hotel reservations early, even if not certain of attendance yet, as detailed on the conference web site.) Thanks.

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LaTeX Tricks (VIII)

Posted on May 13, 2014 by LaTeX Community News Feed

We will begin by exposing new tricks, i.e. how to write ‘closed’ square roots, insert blank pages, ask the reader to turn the page, write bold words in an index, divide a cell by a diagonal, draw ‘product integrals’, understand what happens when \mathcal has a lower-case letter argument. We will then consider an uncommon example of what one can do with LaTeX, in link with its Turing completeness.

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Blackboard, DarkConsole and Moreblue Beamer Themes

Posted on May 8, 2014 by Malaysian LaTeX User Group Feed

These Beamer themes have been around quite a while, but I've just discovered them from some Japanese github sites.The Blackboard theme may be useful for short talks with a little bit of fun:\documentclass{beamer}\usetheme{Blackboard}I’ve a feeling that this DarkConsole theme would be popular with some developers.\documentclass{beamer}\usetheme{DarkConsole}And the Moreblue theme has a nice, airy feel about it:\documentclass{beamer}\usetheme{MoreblueLight}

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Entrées @inbook, crossref et formes abrégées

Posted on May 8, 2014 by Geekographie Maïeulesque Feed

Loïs a posé une question relative à l'usage des formes abrégées avec les entrées de type @inbook. Il s'agissait, lorsqu'on l'on cite une sous-entrée @inbook d'une entrée @book déjà citée, d'afficher la forme latine abrégée de l'entrée @book. Le problème se résout accès rapidement, une fois que l'on sait où chercher. Je vous propose donc ici la solution. Le problème Soit les entrées suivantes : @bookGenette1992, Editor = Gérard Genette, Location = Paris, Pagetotal = 245, Publisher = Seuil, Title = Esthétique (...) - BibLaTeX

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Template for LaTeX PhD thesis title page

Posted on May 8, 2014 by Blog on Latex Matters Feed

Often universities provide official LaTeX templates for PhD theses. If your university doesn’t, here is a template. The template includes the most common elements of a thesis title page: University’s or institute’s logo Thesis title Author’s name Degree the thesis is submitted for Submission date     A few remarks The template may have to ... [Read more...]

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TeX Live 2014のtlptexlive

Posted on May 6, 2014 by There and back again Feed

TeX Live 2014の準備はよく続いているから、tlptexliveのために準備も始まった。角藤さんと北川さんのお陰で、(u)pmpostのpatchesが現在のsvnに対応された。その上、ptexのinhibit-glueパッチをupstream svnに入れた。 新しいバイナリがまだ少ないけど、リリースまで普通の状況になると思う。現在にwin32(角藤さん)とx86_64-linux(ノルベルト)のpmpostとupmpostがある。その以外前のとおり、「hiraprop」と結構古い「pxdvi」のパッケージが用意された。 使い方 tlmgr repository add http://www.tug.org/~preining/tlptexlive/ tlptexlive tlmgr pinning add tlptexlive '*' tlmgr install pxdvi pmetapost pxdviを使いたい場合は、パッケージに含まれていないリンクが必要だ: texmf/web2c/texmf.cnf -> ../../texmf-dist/web2c/texmf.cnf 注意:これから前のTeX Liveリリースの対応しているtlptexliveのURLが変わった: TeX Live 2011: http://www.tug.org/~preining/tlptexlive/2011/ TeX Live 2012: http://www.tug.org/~preining/tlptexlive/2012/ TeX Live 2013: http://www.tug.org/~preining/tlptexlive/2013/ TeX Live 2014: http://www.tug.org/~preining/tlptexlive/ バイナリの作成 新しいバイナリがないアーキテクチャの持っている人は下記のスクリプトで作成が出来る。その場合は、僕に「binaries.zip」を送って下さい: http://www.preining.info/software/build-tlptexlive-latest.zipかhttp://www.preining.info/software/build-tlptexlive-20140506.zip 問題があれば、ここのコメントをお願いします。 The post TeX Live 2014のtlptexlive appeared first on There and back again.

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LaTeX2e got an update

Posted on May 4, 2014 by LaTeX Community News Feed

Today an update of LaTeX2e has been released on CTAN. The previous update dates back to June 27, 2011. LaTeX2e has been stable for a long time, there are mainly maintenance work and bug fixes.

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