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An interview with David Fuchs: TeX pioneer and designer of the DVI file format

Posted on December 20, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

TeX has a rich history and it’s our pleasure to publish this interview with David Fuchs—a name that will be a familiar name to anyone who is aware of the origins of TeX. David worked with Donald Knuth for almost 8 years to develop the first versions of TeX and MetaFont and was also responsible for designing TeX’s original output format: the DVI file format.

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Unicode, UTF-8 and multilingual text: An introduction

Posted on December 18, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

This article introduces a number of OpenType and Unicode-related topics: starting out with a discussion of what is meant by a “character” and moving on to introduce scripts/languages, Unicode encoding and UTF-8—together with an example of working with a multilingual text file containing English and Arabic text. Our objective is to provide an introduction to some key terms/topics and piece together a basic framework to show how those topics are related—providing users of LaTeX with some helpful background information.

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Fancy Labels and References in LaTeX

Posted on December 17, 2017 by Blog on Latex Matters Feed

The referencing functions in LaTeX are pretty powerful. In this article we want to illustrate some of those features and present packages that extend on them. The basic functionality is easy to understand: place a \label{key} behind a chapter, sectioning command or an image or table and assign a unique (!) key to it. Then ... [Read more...]

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beamer developments

Posted on December 17, 2017 by Some TeX Developments Feed

I’ve been looking after beamer for a few years, largely ‘by accident’ (this seems to happen quite a lot). Relatively recently, I moved the code from BitBucket to GitHub, largely because there’s a slow drift there for LaTeX projects. The advantage of that is the chance to pick up additional help. Eagle-eyed readers will have ... Read morebeamer developments

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LaTeX2e kernel development moves to GitHub

Posted on December 16, 2017 by Some TeX Developments Feed

The LaTeX team have two big jobs to do: maintaining LaTeX2e and working on LaTeX3 (currently as new packages on top of LaTeX2e). For quite a while now the LaTeX3 code has been available on GitHub as a mirror of the master repository. At the same time, the core LaTeX2e code was also available publicly ... Read moreLaTeX2e kernel development moves to GitHub

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LaTeX sources moved from SVN to GitHub / New Bug tracker workflow

Posted on December 15, 2017 by LaTeX Project Feed

LaTeX2e sources moved from a private SVN repository to GitHub In the past the development version of the LaTeX2e source files has been managed in a Subversion source control system with read access for the public. This way it was possible to download in an emergency the latest version even before it was released to CTAN and made its way into the various distributions. We have recently changed this setup and now manage the sources using Git and placed the master sources on GitHub at https://github.com/latex3/latex2e where we already store the sources for expl3 and other work. As before, direct write access is restricted to LaTeX Project Team members, but everything is publically accessible including the ability to download, clone (using Git) or checkout (using SVN). More details are given in the article “New rules for reporting bugs in the LaTeX core software” that has been submitted to TUGboat. New workflow for reporting bugs For more than two decades we used GNATS, an open source bug tracking system developed by the FSF. While that has served us well in the past it started to show its age more and more. So as part of this move we also decided to ...

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Color Table Series Part 1: Introduction & Colortbl Package

Posted on December 12, 2017 by Blog on Latex Matters Feed

Overview Introduction to colors The colortbl package Introduction to colors Colors constitute the human visual interpretation of light waves of different wavelengths.   Color models There exist several models to represent colors. We will examine the three that are provided by the color package. These are rgb, cymk and gray. rgb (Red-Green-Blue) is an additive ... [Read more...]

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Tip of the Week: Private Templates

Posted on December 8, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

If you'd like to create a project template for your own use, without publishing it to the gallery, you can!

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The Path to your Figures

Posted on December 5, 2017 by Blog on Latex Matters Feed

Most people prefer to not save their figures in the same directory as the tex file itself since it would clutter up quickly. A common solution is to save all figures in a sub-folder of the main directory and use instead of to import them (to use \includegraphics you need the graphicx package). Personally, I ... [Read more...]

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Tip of the Week: Creating nested folders on Overleaf

Posted on December 5, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

In this tip we show how to use your browser’s “drag and drop” facility to create a nested folder structure on Overleaf. Using a short video, we take you, step-by-step, through the creation of a set of nested folders designed for a typical book project.

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Integration Update: Link Sharing on ShareLaTeX

Posted on November 28, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

Following on from the addition of auto-compilation to ShareLaTeX last month, we are delighted to share some further developments: a new Link Sharing feature for ShareLaTeX.

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A new front end: the TeX Live Cockpit

Posted on November 26, 2017 by Stack Exchange TeX Blog Feed

Norbert Preining announced the release of a new graphic user interface for TeX Live, the…

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Help wanted!

Posted on November 24, 2017 by Blog on Latex Matters Feed

Dear Reader, Unfortunately, I have had very little time to write articles during the past few months. Therefore, I am looking for somebody interested in writing articles for texblog. I am not looking for an expert LaTeX user, but someone with a genuine interest in learning more about the language as well as writing about ... [Read more...]

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Tip of the Week: How to convert typeset PDF pages into raster image formats

Posted on November 22, 2017 by Overleaf Feed

Suppose you want to convert one or more pages of your typeset document’s PDF file into an image file format such as PNG or JPEG—for example, to use them in a web page, or to produce graphics with nicely typeset text for sharing on social media. How can you do that? In this week’s tip we provide a video which shows you how to achieve this using a latexmkrc file to run convert, a powerful graphics conversion program.

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TUGboat 38:3 published

Posted on November 22, 2017 by TeX Users Group Feed

TUGboat volume 38, number 3 (a regular issue) has been mailed to TUG members. It is also available online and from the TUG store. Please consider joining or renewing your TUG membership if you haven't already.

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