December 9, 2018
TeX does not include any ‘native’ support for floating point calculations, but
that has not stopped lots of (La)TeX users wanting to do sums (and more
complicated things) in their document. As TeX is Turing
complete, it’s not a
surprise that there are several ways to implement calculations. For end users,
the differences between these are not important: what is key is what to use.
Here, I’ll give a bit of background, look at the various possibilities, then
move on to give a recommendation.
December 6, 2018
In parallel with work on the
\expanded primitive, I’ve been working
recently on bringing the ‘utility’ primitives in
XeTeX into line with those in
pdfTeX, pTeX and upTeX.
December 6, 2018
In recent years, development of pdfTeX has been very limited, with the v1.40
branch now being around for over 10 years. However, in the past there were
plans for a v1.50 branch, and some code was actually written. One primitive
that was fully coded-up at that time was
\expanded. The idea of this is
pretty simple: it carries out full expansion like
\message (and almost)
\edef), but it is still expandable. For example, try
November 26, 2018
I’ve been writing Some TeX Developments for ten years now, starting off on
WordPress.com before moving to a self-hosted WordPress
set up. All of this time, I’ve stuck with WordPress as it’s a very powerful
and flexible system. However, it’s got some downsides too. In particular, as
it is dynamic, database-driven, system, the pages are created each time someone
requests them. That’s great for things like supporting comments, but it means
there’s a non-trivial amount of work done each time someone views a page. That
turns into a real cost when you are paying for your own hosting. My most
recent hosts were really good for support, but I
needed enough CPU cycles to push me into the ‘non-trivial’ cost bracket. At
the same time, a dynamic site means that there’s always a security risk.
October 20, 2018
Members of TUG might have seen a survey from the Board asking about the status of TUGboat. To date, the journal issues have been available online one year after publications. The Board were interested in how going open-access would affect the number of members.
July 22, 2018
The final day of TUG2018 followed the conference banquet, which of course meant that there were a few tired (or missing!) delegates.
July 21, 2018
The second day of TUG2018 picked up with a few announcements for those us here at IMPA, before we moved on to the business end.
July 20, 2018
Most of the foreign delegates for TUG2018 met up by last night at the conference hotel, and chats over breakfast continued. Then it was down to the minibus to head to the venue, IMPA.
July 19, 2018
The TUG2018 meeting starts tomorrow in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, and the delegates have begun to collect together (many of us are staying at the Everest Rio Hotel). I’ll be trying to write up notes each day to summarise the talks, discussions, etc., but you’ll also be able to watch live. There’s also a chat room on TeX StackExchange dedicated to the meeting.
June 3, 2018
The TeX Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) List has been a fixture of the TeX world for many years. It started out as a regular column in the (now dormant) UK-TUG journal Baskerville, before being taken up as an essentially one-person project by Robin Fairbairns.