Wietse Dol
MAPS 1996.2 (Dutch/English)
MAPS 17, 1996, 1-175
maps.pdf (1504kb)
NTG's magazine

Frans Goddijn
Verslag (1996/2) (Dutch)
MAPS 17, 1996, 1-3
01.pdf (30kb)
report, members meeting
Opening 17e NTG bijeenkomst 1 juni 1996; Notulen van de zestiende bijeenkomst van 5 september 1995; Ingekomen stukken en mededelingen; NTG ledenvergadering; Verslag commissie voor kascontrol en vaststelling nieuwe commissie voor kascontrole; Bestuursverkiezingen; Miscellanious; Rondvraag en sluiting.

Het weten waard (Dutch)
MAPS 17, 1996, 4
02.pdf (37kb)

Erik Frambach
Van de Voorzitter (1996/2) (Dutch)
MAPS 17, 1996, 5
03.pdf (15kb)

Wietse Dol
Van uw MAPS Editor (1996/2) (Dutch)
MAPS 17, 1996, 6
04.pdf (32kb)

Wietse Dol
Concept begroting 1997 (Dutch)
MAPS 17, 1996, 7
05.pdf (32kb)

Michel Goossens
Een rol voor TeX in het 3de millennium (Dutch)
MAPS 17, 1996, 8
06.pdf (43kb)

Kees van der Laan, Erik Frambach
(Cyr)TuG, and some more (Dutch)
MAPS 17, 1996, 9-10
07.pdf (64kb)
CyrTUG, TUG conference, Dubna
Report of TUG meeting in Dubna, Russia.

Frans Goddijn
De spelling van het lot (Dutch)
MAPS 17, 1996, 11-16
08.pdf (76kb)
new dutch, dutch spelling, spell checker, Groene Boekje
Het SPELLINGBESLUIT gepubliceerd in Staatsblad 394 (Besluit van 19 juni 1996, houdende voorschriften omtrent de schrijfwijze van de Nederlandse taal) heeft niet alleen gezorgd voor veel gekrakeel tussen neerlandici, maar het vormde ook een buitenkans voor uitgeverijen van werken als HET GROENE BOEKJE (binnen zes maanden 500.000 verkochte exemplaren). Kleinere ondernemingen brachten floppies op de markt met woordenlijsten en algoritmen. Intussen sloeg een groepje mensen (bestaande uit — in alfabetische volgorde — Erick Branderhorst, Erik Frambach, Frans Goddijn, Hans Hagen, Gerard van Nes, Piet Tutelaers, Jacoline van Weelden en Peter van Zeeland, en terzijde gestaan door Hans Linders) de handen ineen om te komen tot een vrij beschikbare, zo correct mogelijke Nederlandse woordenlijst.

Hans Hagen
Heeft TeX nog toekomst? (Dutch)
MAPS 17, 1996, 17-22
09.pdf (82kb)
future, TeX reflection
This articles is meant as a starting point for further discussion on the future of TeX. The author wrote this expose after a discussion in the NTG board concerning the future of TeX and the NTG.

Gabriel Valiente Feruglio
Do journals honor LaTeX submissions? (English)
MAPS 17, 1996, 23-31
10.pdf (117kb)
LaTeX, journals, submissions, academic
The survival of LaTeX in the academic world will depend on TeX and LaTeX evolving towards changing publishing practices, but also on publishers actually accepting LaTeX submissions. Much has been said about the former, with a recent feature number of TUGboat addressing the subject of electronic publishing. When it comes to the latter issue, however, it is often taken for granted that scientific journals honor LaTeX submissions. An extensive research over the Internet reveals that, on the contrary, at the turn of the century many journals still regret to accept LaTeX submissions, sometimes preferring RTF or even bare ASCII sources to TeX or LaTeX. This note discusses some of the issues behind this situation and compiles all journals known to the au-thor that accept electronic submission of LaTeX articles in source form, thereby complementing the TeX counterpart.

Alan Hoenig
Introduction to ``TeX Unbound: LaTeX & TeX Strategies, Fonts, Graphics, and More'' (English)
MAPS 17, 1996, 32-33
11.pdf (37kb)

Alan Hoenig
Virtual Fonts, Virtuous Fonts (English)
MAPS 17, 1996, 34-40
12.pdf (131kb)
Virtual fonts allow us to use all digital fonts with TeX, even non-TeX ones, and do much more for us. What are virtual fonts? Several projects grant us necessary experience with them. This document comprises somewhat less than half of the similarly named chapter which will appear in the book TeX Unbound: LaTeX and TeX Strategies for Fonts, Graphics, and More, by Alan Hoenig, to be published in early 1997 by Oxford University Press. This excerpt is simplified so that it may be printed using the standard suite of TeX fonts; the original depends heavily on PostScript fonts and the author's style file for its typesetting. Consequently, some displays could not be included. For any questions or comments, please contact the author at

Alan Hoenig
Detailed Contents for ``TeX Unbound: LaTeX & TeX Strategies, Fonts, Graphics, and More'' (English)
MAPS 17, 1996, 41-45
13.pdf (62kb)
This book will be published by Oxford University Press in early 1997. Contact the author at for further information.

David Carlisle
A LaTeX tour, part 1: the base distribution (English)
MAPS 17, 1996, 46-51
14.pdf (75kb)
LaTeX, base distribution, documentation, guide
In this article I hope to give a `guided tour' around the files that make up the basic LaTeX distribution. Subsequent articles in this mini-series will cover other packages by the LaTeX development team, and also some of the main contributed packages.

David Carlisle
A LaTeX tour, part 2: the Tools and Graphics distribution (English)
MAPS 17, 1996, 52-56
15.pdf (98kb)
LaTeX, tools package distribution, documentation, guide
In the previous article in this series I started by giving a description of the files in the `base' LaTeX distribution. In part 2, I shall cover the `tools' and `graphics' distributions. These are distributed in the tools and graphics subdirectories of the CTAN directory macros/LaTeX/packages. Although these files are not part of the min-imal base distribution they should normally be included in the LaTeX installation at any site. The LaTeX book assumes that at least the graphics distribution is installed.

Herman Haverkort
FRISTI (English)
MAPS 17, 1996, 57-64
16.pdf (165kb)
small, lists, directory, calendar, key fob, credit card, stuffing
This article gives an impression of my way of designing and typesetting very small telephone and address lists, birthday calendars etc. Design considerations and typesetting tricks are presented. The latter include macros which define the sheets (from A4 to credit card and even key fob size), macros to process data records (typically specified in a separate file) in various ways, and macros to stuff and stow data in very limited space.

Alexander Berdnikov, Olga Grineva
PMGRAPH.STY: some useful macros which extends the LaTeX picture environment (English)
MAPS 17, 1996, 65-71
17.pdf (143kb)

Keith Reckdahl
Using EPS Graphics in LaTeX2e Documents (English)
MAPS 17, 1996, 72-114
18.pdf (277kb)
This document explains how to use Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) files in LaTeX2e documents. The graphics and graphicx packages provide commands which insert, scale, and rotate EPS graphics.

Dag Langmyhr
StarTeX — a TeX for beginners (English)
MAPS 17, 1996, 115-121
19.pdf (107kb)
TeX format, novice TeX, robust TeX, error recovery in TeX, TeX with SGML notation
This article describes StarTeX, a new TeX format for students writing their first report and other novice users. Its aim is to provide a simpler and more robust tool for users with no previous knowledge of TeX and LaTeX.

Kees van der Laan
Paradigms: Loops (English)
MAPS 17, 1996, 122-125
20.pdf (79kb)
BLUe format, loops, plain TeX, tail recursion
The implementation of loops in plain TeX is surveyed. Van der Goot's loop is a remarkable straight implementation of tail recursion. Nesting of loops and the pitfalls in there are discussed. The use of hidden counters and the flip-flop traversal are given.

Kees van der Laan
Paradigms: Searching (English)
MAPS 17, 1996, 126-131
21.pdf (58kb)
BLUe format, databases, pattern recognition, plain TeX, tree searching, selective loading
Various ways of searching in plain TeX are surveyed. Its use in BLUe's format for selective loading of macros, addresses, pictures, formats and tools is discussed. Interactively searching through a binary tree in dialogue with TeX is also given.

Kees van der Laan
Paradigms: Sorting (English)
MAPS 17, 1996, 132-136
22.pdf (77kb)
BLUe format, heap sort, index preparation, plain TeX, quick sort
Various ways of sorting in plain TeX are surveyed. Macros for linear sorting (in the mouth), quick sort and heap sort are given. The use for sorting index reminders for indexing on-the-fly is touched upon.

Kees van der Laan
Paradigms: Just a little bit of PostScript (English)
MAPS 17, 1996, 137-150
23.pdf (161kb)
declarative program, EPS, Escher, graphics, imperative code, LaTeX, Koch island, Malevich, math graphs, METAFONT, MFtoEPS, Mondrian, PostScript, projection, reverse video, ROEX, Schroefer, sideways tables, suprematism, text along curved paths, tiling
It is all about creating EPS — with graphics — to be merged with (La)TeX scripts. The emphasis is on creating raw PostScript for simple symmetrical pictures. Asides, like incorporating accurate graphs of math functions, typesetting text along curved paths, or tables set sideways, next to reverse video, clipping and tiling have been addressed. A poor man's MFtoEPS approach is touched upon: (declarative) METAFONT into (imperative) PostScript.

Hans Hagen
Visual Debugging in TeX: a short introduction (English)
MAPS 17, 1996, 151-156
24.pdf (168kb)

Hans Hagen
Visual Debugging in TeX: how things are done (English)
MAPS 17, 1996, 157-174
25.pdf (119kb)
ConTeXt, visual debugging, debugging, boxes, glue, penalties, kerns, fills
By redefining some TeX primitives, one can get an impression of what TeX and macros are doing behind the screens. This article visualizes some rather common but often unnoticed TeX features. The visual debugger described here is part of ConTeXt, but can be used in plain TeX and other macro packages as well.

Hans Hagen
Where to find ConTeXt (English)
MAPS 17, 1996, 175
26.pdf (6kb)