# Community

## TeX Live 2023 released

Posted on March 20, 2023 by There and back again Feed

Get the Champagne ready, we have released the final images of TeX Live 2023. The biggest change in this year’s release is the switch to 64bit Windows binaries, and renaming the binary directory from...

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## TeX Live 2023 pretest

Posted on February 24, 2023 by TeX Users Group Feed

The pretest for TeX Live 2023 is in process, for anyone who'd like to help with the upcoming release. The new binaries are presumed stable at this point, barring bug reports, so please try it out with your own documents if you have a chance.

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## What’s the deal with modelling in Digital Humanities?

Posted on January 15, 2023 by LaTeX Ninja'ing and the Digital Humanities Feed

Modelling is central to the Digital Humanities. Even so much that some claim it is what unites the DH as a field or discipline! But what is modelling? What do we mean by it anyway? This post will hopefully provide you with the primer you need. Sorry for the very sporadic blogging lately. I still haven’t figured out how to include blogging into my PostDoc life. I think I want to get to a rhythm of around 1-2 posts per month. More than that is absolutely not realistic but, as you may have realized, I didn’t even manage that consistently over the last year. Then again, it’s not like I’m not producing teaching materials anymore. Most of my efforts this year have gone into all the classes I have been teaching (I’m hoping to share slides and teaching materials for all of them once they are cleaned up) – I have taught an intro to text mining, my usual informationread more What’s the deal with modelling in Digital Humanities?

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## usmthesis has a new maintainer!

Posted on January 8, 2023 by Malaysian LaTeX User Group Feed

A great welcome to the new year — wnarifin has agreed to take up the maintenance of usmthesis! Please follow new updates at https://github.com/wnarifin/usmthesis. The old repo is now archived. Thank you again wnarifin!

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## Cuti-cuti Malaysia: Customisable State-by-state Holidays Calendar for 2023

Posted on December 13, 2022 by Malaysian LaTeX User Group Feed

I’ll cut to the chase: Cuti-cuti Malaysia calendar for 2023! PDF for Penang version: download here. For other states download the .zip or clone this Overleaf project to your own Overleaf account. Change \def\mylocation{Penang} to e.g. \def\mylocation{Selangor} If you would just like a calendar without the Malaysian holidays and/or Chinese lunisolar calendars, see this Github […]

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## TUGboat 43:3 published

Posted on December 9, 2022 by TeX Users Group Feed

TUGboat volume 43, number 3, has been mailed to TUG members. It is also available online and from the TUG store. In addition, prior TUGboat issue 43:2 is now publicly available. Submissions for the next issue are welcome; the deadline is March 26, 2023 (early submissions are especially appreciated). Finally, please consider joining or renewing your TUG membership if you haven't already (we'll send all issues for the year immediately), and thanks.

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## What you really need to know about Digital Scholarly Editing

Posted on October 30, 2022 by LaTeX Ninja'ing and the Digital Humanities Feed

Today’s post is a short introduction to digital scholarly editing. I will explain some basic principles (so mostly theory) and point you to a few resources you will need to get started in a more practical fashion. I’m teaching a class on digital scholarly editing this term, so I thought I could use the opportunity to write an intro post on this important topic. How does a Digital Edition relate to an analogue scholarly edition? Unlike analogue scholarly editons, digital editions are not exclusive to text and they overcome the limitations of print by following what we call a digital paradigm rather than an analogue one. This means that a digital edition cannot be given in print without loss of content or functionality. A retrodigitized edition (an existing analogue edition which is digitized and made available online), thus, isn’t enough to qualify as a digital edition because it follows the analogue paradigm. Ergo: It’s not about the storage medium. Aread more What you really need to know about Digital Scholarly Editing

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## Mapping to characters

Posted on October 4, 2022 by Some TeX Developments Feed

It is quite natural to think that separating a word up into individual characters is quite easy. It turns out that for the computer this isn’t really the case. If we look at a system that understands Unicode (like XeTeX or LuaTeX), most of the time one ‘character’ is stored as one codepoint. A codepoint is a single character entity for a Unicode programme. For example, if we take the input café, it is made up of four codepoints: U+0063 (LATIN SMALL LETTER C) U+0061 (LATIN SMALL LETTER A) U+0066 (LATIN SMALL LETTER F) U+00E9 (LATIN SMALL LETTER E WITH ACUTE) So we could in XeTeX/LuaTeX use a simple mapping to grab one character at a time and do stuff with it. However, that’s not always the case. Take for example Spın̈al Tap. The dotless-i is a single codepoint, but there is not a codepoint for an umlauted-n. Instead, that is represented by two codepoints: a normal n and a combining umlaut. As a user, it’s clear that we’d want to get a single ‘character’ here. So there’s clearly more work to do. Luckily, this is not just a TeX problem and the Unicode Consortium have thought about it for ...

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## A Primer on Version Control and Why You Need It

Posted on October 2, 2022 by LaTeX Ninja'ing and the Digital Humanities Feed

Today’s post is a quick introduction to version control as a concept and version control systems. It explains what they are and why you should be using them. I was just sending one of my best old-timey blogposts to a friend (How to quit MS Word for good), ended up re-reading it and realized that therein, I had promised that I would write a blog post on version control some day. And, if I’m not mistaken, I never followed up on that. So here you are, a short post on version control just to keep things going on the blog. What is Version Control? So I read this book a few years ago. The Complete Software Developer’s Career Guide: How to Learn Programming Languages Quickly, Ace Your Programming Interview, and Land Your Software Developer Dream Job by John Sonmez (Simple Programmer 2017). While I’m not that fond of its author anymore since I realized that he uses his platform toread more A Primer on Version Control and Why You Need It

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## Math mode: $…$ vs $$-$$

Posted on September 13, 2022 by Some TeX Developments Feed

A topic that comes up for many LaTeX users is how best to mark up math mode in sentences: inline math mode. LaTeX offers three (!) official ways to do that $...$ $$...$$ \begin{math} ... \end{math} The last version is clearly far too verbose for routine use, but the first and second approaches have a much less clear-cut division. Plain TeX uses the $...$ construct exclusively, and that means many experienced (La)TeX users simply use this without any further consideration. There are good arguments in favour of the syntax, most obviously that this switches directly into math mode (it uses the underlying TeX idea of category codes with no macro expansion required). On the other hand, it lacks any possiblity of mathcing begin and end points. LaTeX’s $$...$$ syntax was introduced by Lamport early in the development of the format. Using separate begin and end marks means that is does allow error detection in the editor, and it also is linked visually to LaTeX’s display math $...$ approach. (More on that below.) So which one to use? Experience suggests that whilst Lamport made many good decisions in the design of LaTeX’s input syntax, $$.,..$$ wasn’t the best of them. The ...

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## TUGboat 43:2 published

Posted on September 12, 2022 by TeX Users Group Feed

TUGboat volume 43, number 2, has been mailed to TUG members. It is also available online and from the TUG store. In addition, prior TUGboat issue 43:1 is now publicly available. Submissions for the next issue are welcome; the deadline is October 15, 2022 (early submissions are especially appreciated). Finally, please consider joining or renewing your TUG membership if you haven't already (we'll send this issue immediately), and thanks.

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## Enough reledmac to be dangerous: Scholarly Editing with LaTeX & XSLT

Posted on September 3, 2022 by LaTeX Ninja'ing and the Digital Humanities Feed

Today’s post is my long-awaited take on typesetting scholarly editons using the reledmac package. Not only does it introduce theread more Enough reledmac to be dangerous: Scholarly Editing with LaTeX & XSLT

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## Failing just hard enough to learn [Learning & Teaching / Riding higher waves Pt. 2.1]

Posted on August 21, 2022 by LaTeX Ninja'ing and the Digital Humanities Feed

This post is another reflection on the relationship between teaching and self-directed learning. It focuses on how to find a balance with making learning too hard or not hard enough. Thus the title: How can we deliberately make ourselves and/or our students fail just hard enough to learn? Context: I just found this post in the huge number of unfinished drafts in my WordPress. It was almost done, supposedly from early fall 2021. Some of it are reflections on my own (online) teaching in the summer term of 2021. I thought this was an interesting reflection still, so I decided to fix it up a little and post it now, despite the text not being “new” and some of my thoughts on my own teaching having changed over the last year where I have been teaching more than before as a Postdoc. Because the draft of this post was already so long and got a little longer with some 2022read more Failing just hard enough to learn [Learning & Teaching / Riding higher waves Pt. 2.1]

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## Artikel bei golem.de

Posted on July 9, 2022 by Uwe Ziegenhagen Feed

Bei golem.de wurde mein zweiter LaTeX-Artikel veröffentlicht, ihr findet ihn hier: https://www.golem.de/news/layouten-mit-latex-setzt-du-noch-oder-gestaltest-du-schon-2207-165543.html Der erste Artikel zum Thema befindet sich hier: https://www.golem.de/news/latex-schreibst-du-noch-oder-setzt-du-schon-2201-162303.html UweUwe Ziegenhagen likes LaTeX and Python, sometimes even combined. Do you like my content and would like to thank me for it? Consider making a small donation to my local fablab, the Dingfabrik Köln. […]

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## Folien meines „MyTinyTodo“-Vortrags bei der Dante Sommertagung in Magdeburg

Posted on June 27, 2022 by Uwe Ziegenhagen Feed

Hier die Folien meines MyTinyTodo2LaTeX Lightning Talks, gehalten auf der Sommertagung 2022 von Dante e.V. in Magdeburg. Folien UweUwe Ziegenhagen likes LaTeX and Python, sometimes even combined. Do you like my content and would like to thank me for it? Consider making a small donation to my local fablab, the Dingfabrik Köln. Details on how […]

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