LyX has been accepted as a mentoring organization in Google Summer of Code (GSoC) 2013. Each summer, since 2005, Google awards stipends to students who successfully completed a free and open-source coding project during that summer - that's why the name, which was drawn from the 1967 Summer of Love.
Today, Karl Berry published details of the release plan of TeX Live 2013. This comprehensive TeX and LaTeX system is available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and other Unix systems. While its packages are constantly updated, there's currently an annual release cycle for the main distribution.
At university it is always a very time consuming work to create new assignments, and tests; especially when those tasks include drawing graphics.
In the field of structural engineering those small structures are a key part for teaching. For this reason I developed, in cooperation with the Institute for Structural Analysis at the Graz University of Technology, a TikZ library for Structural Analysis.
The new stable TeXworks release 0.4.5 has been released today. TeXworks is a free and open source LaTeX editor running on Linux, Mac OS X and Windows. The new release contains some fixes and small enhancements to the 0.4.4 version, so updating is recommendable.
E-TeX: Guidelines for Future TeX Extensions - revisited
Written by Frank Mittelbach
Saturday, 06 April 2013 10:30
Shortly after Don Knuth announced TeX 3.0 I gave a paper analyzing TeX's abilities as a typesetting engine. The abstract back then said:
Now it is time, after ten years' experience, to step back and consider whether or not TeX 3.0 is an adequate answer to the typesetting requirements of the nineties.
Output produced by TeX has higher standards than output generated automatically by most other typesetting systems. Therefore, in this paper we will focus on the quality standards set by typographers for hand-typeset documents and ask to what extent they are achieved by TeX. Limitations of TeX's algorithms are analyzed; and missing features as well as new concepts are outlined.
Now—two decades later—it is time to take another look and see what has been achieved since then, and perhaps more importantly, what can be achieved now with computer power having multiplied by a huge factor and, last but not least, by the arrival of a number of successors to TeX that have lifted some of the limitations identified back then.
Dealing with PDF cut-and-paste and search functionalities, even when you are using accented characters,
Making a distinction with \overline for propositional logic formulae,
Referring to labels by long names.
We will then discuss some problems people often face when dealing with many figures, and, more generally, floats, in reports. Finally, we will deal with a Beamer scheme which aims at using a single file for both a presentation, and the related report.
As announced today, topic tagging has been implemented for the LaTeX Community forum.
A tag is a keyword which classifies a topic. Using tags, topics are categorized by subject, which makes browsing easier and helps to look-up topics. Carefully selected tags are a great addition to full text search - a human made index is better than machine searching. Besides the broad forum categories (subforums), you could then filter for tags such as TikZ, Koma-Script, BibTeX, editor names, package names, and more.