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Contest: Write an Article - Win the LaTeX Companion! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stefan Kottwitz   
Sunday, 20 October 2013 11:59

LaTeX-Community.org is glad to be able to offer a free copy of The LaTeX Companion ebook, the author Frank Mittelbach provided a download code for the ebook version, which is available as bundle in EPUB, MOBI and PDF format. One of our users can win it!

The prize

The LaTeX Companion

It's the newly published ebook Version of the LaTeX Companion written by Frank Mittelbach, Michel Goossens, Johannes Braams, David Carlisle, and Chris Rowley. From the book's web page:

The LaTeX Companion has long been the essential resource for anyone using LaTeX to create high-quality printed documents. This completely updated edition brings you all the latest information about LaTeX and the vast range of add-on packages now available--over 200 are covered! Full of new tips and tricks for using LaTeX in both traditional and modern typesetting, this book will also show you how to customize layout features to your own needs--from phrases and paragraphs to headings, lists, and pages.

Inside, you will find:

  • Expert advice on using LaTeX's basic formatting tools to create all types of publications--from memos to encyclopedias
  • In-depth coverage of important extension packages for tabular and technical typesetting, floats and captions, multicolumn layouts--including reference guides and discussions of the underlying typographic and TeXnical concepts
  • Detailed techniques for generating and typesetting contents lists, bibliographies, indexes, etc.
  • Tips and tricks for LaTeX programmers and systems support

On that book's web page, you can read the entire table of contents and you can download a sample chapter of the printed version.

The ebook version has been published this month, October 8, so it's brand-new. Here you can see screenshots and further information: Now available as ebook: The LaTeX Companion 2ed.

How to enter?

Write a small article for this contest and publish it on LaTeX-Community.org. The topic of this contest is: Recent developments in LaTeX.

Send your text in HTML, text or TeX format to stefan@latex-community.org or use the contact form to get a login to write directly on the site. And have a look at: How to write articles.

What to write?

You're free to choose, as long as it's related to the topic. Well, recent may mean some years, it's not very strict. The topic is intended to honour great additions to standard LaTeX like new packages such as biblatex and TikZ, new features such as in modern KOMA-Script classes, and new engines such as XeTeX and LuaTeX, just to name some. Perhaps you know especially interesting features, or can show nice examples, or tell us about installing and using.

The article doesn't need to be long. You could write it like you would write a blog post.

Who wins?

We all win by writing and reading interesting texts.

And one will win the book! A jury will select the winner of the book, and the jury consists of the admins and moderators of LaTeX-Community.org, which are Sven, Thorsten, Joseph, Clemens, and Stefan. Of course the jury respect the opinion of all readers, so you can also vote on articles, the jury's judgement will also base on those votes. And it would be great if you would post comments on the articles. The decision of the judges is legally binding; there is no recourse to legal action. After all, it's a community contest and should be fun for us all.

The winner will get a download code for the InformIT site, which he can use to obtain a free copy of the LaTeX Companion ebook.

Deadline

The contest will close on November 10, 2013, so we have got three weeks. Winners will be published on the site, and will be contacted by email, so be sure to provide your email address where we can contact you.

Contributions

A list of published will be right here, and updated each time an article has been published.

The earlier your article is online, the more time is to vote on it. Providing HTML speeds it up.

If you like an article: it would be great if you comment on it! What you liked, what further ideas do you have about this topic. Feedback is very welcome by authors. If you already read an article, it's still a good idea to visit the article again and to comment on it.

Looking back

We already had a contest last year. Here you can see the results: The Winners of the LaTeX and Graphics Contest.

Your chance may be even higher this time, since two of the competitors last time are in the moderator team now and can only attend in the jury, and at least three of the former attendees already got the book also as ebook version, as I know. Good luck!

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avatar John Hammersley
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It's a great resource for mastering LaTeX - good luck to all who enter.

Hope the story makes it on slashdot, I've given it an upvote :)
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