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Top 5 magic LaTeX packages you didn’t know about

Posted on October 17, 2021 by LaTeX Ninja'ing and the Digital Humanities Feed

In the process of coming up with the archaeological catalogue from CSV solution which you all seem to have loved, I had a realization: There are some packages which are just ‘magic’ in that they can make your life so much easier in just an instant. That is, if you know about them. So I decided to come up with a top 5 which reflect my own preferences because, ultimately, this choice is pretty personal. I researched some blogposts and online resources as well as checking in with the Twitter #TeXLaTeX community. I summarized the results of this extensive search in the following post 😉 So why did I choose the topic of today’s post? I think the answer is very close to the overall purpose of this blog: There are lots of great resources on LaTeX on the internet, almost unlimited amounts of documentation – but how is a newbie supposed to know which information to read first orread more Top 5 magic LaTeX packages you didn’t know about

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Applying deliberate practice to online learning using a learning diary?

Posted on October 10, 2021 by LaTeX Ninja'ing and the Digital Humanities Feed

Today’s post is about using a learning diary to promote something like deliberate practice for (online) learning. Probably the biggest problem of my online teaching last year was not getting (soliciting?) enough feedback from my students. The only students who ended up ever really communicating with me were the few overachievers who had already had previous experience with the main learning goal of the class, i.e. SQL databases. At the very end of term, ergo after the semester and after I could make any changes, I received feedback from some students new to Digital Humanities that I had been going at a pace which was too fast for them. They were lacking certain information they needed from me to fully engage with the material. However, nobody told me as the class went along (and as you might imagine from knowing some of my teaching materials, I tend to provide very detailed info – so I assumed we were good inread more Applying deliberate practice to online learning using a learning diary?

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TeX Live contrib archive available via CTAN mirrors

Posted on October 10, 2021 by There and back again Feed

The TeX Live contrib repository has been for many years now a valuable source of packages that cannot enter proper TeX Live due to license restrictions etc. I took over maintenance of it in...

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The Adventures of the Ninja

Posted on October 3, 2021 by LaTeX Ninja'ing and the Digital Humanities Feed

Today’s post is called “The Adventures of the Ninja” which really means sorry for the radio silence and here’s what happend in the meantime. And I think I’m not exaggerating when I say “It has been quite a ride!”. Let’s start at the beginning. The story of me not really being able to blog regularly due to third-year PhD sprint stress has been slowly starting back in Mainz in 2020 (where I was a DH fellow at IEG). However, the general PhD-related stress level only got worse on my subsequent Innsbruck fellowship (Ludwig-Boltzmann-Institute for Neo-Latin Studies) and the weeks leading up to both the submission of my PhD thesis in late May 2021 and me leaving for my fellowhip at the Science History Institute in Philadelphia in early June (the visa process was quite something, to say the least…). Anyway, I ultimately arrived in Philadelphia and was feeling pretty burnt out to be honest. (I have written down some ofread more The Adventures of the Ninja

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A new version of the Colourful Cheatsheet Template

Posted on October 1, 2021 by LaTeX Ninja'ing and the Digital Humanities Feed

It has been a while since my last cheatsheet template. In the meantime, I have gotten a bit tired ofread more A new version of the Colourful Cheatsheet Template

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TUGboat 42:2 published

Posted on September 29, 2021 by TeX Users Group Feed

TUGboat volume 42, number 2, the TUG 2021 conference proceedings, has been mailed to TUG members. It is also available online and from the TUG store. In addition, prior TUGboat issue 42:1 is now publicly available. Submissions for the next issue are welcome; the deadline for proposals is October 15 (early submissions are especially appreciated). Please consider joining or renewing your TUG membership if you haven't already (we'll send this year's issues immediately), and thanks.

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Ellipses in math - ldots versus cdots

Posted on September 27, 2021 by Content AND Presentation Feed

It’s been a while since a TeX-related post here, but I still use TeX and friends once in a while, and this time I’d like to share something apparently not everyone knows about. LaTeX has a \dots macro, setting the ellipsis (three consecutive dots) which is just an alias for \ldots.

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TeX Live 2021 for Debian

Posted on September 22, 2021 by There and back again Feed

The release of TeX Live 2021 is already half a year away, but due to the delay of waiting for Debian/Bullseye release, we haven’t updated TeX Live in Debian for quite some time. But...

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DANTE Herbsttagung 2021

Posted on September 10, 2021 by TeXwelt Feed

Die DANTE-Frühjahrstagung fand wegen der Corona-Kontaktbeschränkungen komplett online statt. Auch die Herbsttagung wird virtuell stattfinden, über die Plattform „Online Schule Saarland“. Das Programm, vom 17. bis 19. September 2021: Freitag, 17.9.: ab 19:30 Uhr Vorabendtreff Samstag,18.9.: ab 9 Uhr Begrüßung … Weiterlesen →

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Computers&Typesetting: Jubilee printings

Posted on September 6, 2021 by TeX Users Group Feed

Pearson has published the 35th anniversary (Jubilee) printings of the complete C&T series, including all updates from the 2021 tune-up. They are available as both hardcover and pdf, with a 40% discount for TUG members. Details on the TUG books page. Happy reading!

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DANTE Herbsttagung 2021

Posted on August 31, 2021 by TeX talk Feed

The following text is in German because it’s about the German language user group meeting…

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Talking about units

Posted on August 24, 2021 by Some TeX Developments Feed

Usually, I keep my day job (as a university lecturer in chemistry) and my LaTeX work separate. Of course, I use LaTeX at work for things like lecture handouts, but most of the time the two areas don’t directly intersect. So it was quite interesting to be talking yesterday at a chemistry conference (the ACS Fall 2021 Meeting) about siunitx. I’d been invited by Stuart Chalk to a session on units and data reuse: much more like metrology/computer science than my usual day-to-day wet chemistry! It was good to see that many of the things I do in siunitx fit into wider efforts by people who do day-to-day work on units. The idea of logical mark-up for unit input, the ability to decompose units into parts and the realities of less-than-ideal input from users were all there. Hopefully, siunitx will help with the work being done by groups such as DRUM (Digital Representation of Units of Measure) to make information more computer-readable. I’ll also be looking at QUDT for inspiration about the real technical detail of the myriad of units in real use. I also managed to get in a few comments about some LaTeX work that’s important for data ...

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LaTeX for Archaeologists: An archaeological catalogue from a spreadsheet

Posted on July 16, 2021 by LaTeX Ninja'ing and the Digital Humanities Feed

Today I wanted to share a long-promised second workflow for typesetting an archaeological catalogue in LaTeX. There is a firstread more LaTeX for Archaeologists: An archaeological catalogue from a spreadsheet

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TUG 2021 presentation proposal deadline is July 9

Posted on July 6, 2021 by TeX Users Group Feed

The deadline for presentation proposals for TUG'21 is July 9. Please send in submissions as soon as possible. The conference will be held online, August 5-8. More info: call for papers, register (no charge), conference home page.

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Looking for Arabic LaTeX engineers in Egypt

Posted on July 6, 2021 by LaTeX.org Feed

We are working with our customer to localise a maths course into Arabic. The material includes mathematical notation written in English in LaTeX and we are looking for someone who will help convert these equations into Arabic notation using LaTeX. This is a paid project.

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