Taco Hoekwater
MAPS 1999.1 (English/Dutch)
MAPS 22, 1999, 1-176
maps.pdf (3451kb)
NTG's magazine

Erik Frambach
Van de voorzitter (Dutch)
MAPS 22, 1999, 1
01.pdf (21kb)

Taco Hoekwater, Siep Kroonenberg
Redactioneel (Dutch)
MAPS 22, 1999, 2
02.pdf (17kb)

NTG and TeX info (Dutch)
MAPS 22, 1999, 3
03.pdf (22kb)

Donald Knuth
Letter from Donald Knuth (English)
MAPS 22, 1999, 4
04.pdf (21kb)

Frans Goddijn
Bericht van voorheen FGBBS - Voorjaar 1999 (Dutch)
MAPS 22, 1999, 5-6
05.pdf (22kb)
FGBBS, geschiedenis

Jules van Weerden
De NTG en het Internet (Dutch)
MAPS 22, 1999, 7-8
06.pdf (31kb)
NTG discussionlist, discussionlist, TEX-NL
De NTG is niet alleen met webpagina's op het Internet aanwezig, maar ook middels een aantal discussielijsten. In dit artikel wordt kort aangegeven wat een discussielijst is, hoe je je aan- en afmeldt en wat je te wachten staat na aanmelding. Tevens wordt een overzicht gegeven van de in Nederland aanwezige TeX-gerelateerde lijsten.

Erik Frambach
Announcing BachoTeX'99 (English)
MAPS 22, 1999, 9-10
07.pdf (600kb)
BachoTeX, GUST, conference, announcement

TUG'98, Torun, Polen (Dutch)
MAPS 22, 1999, 11
08.pdf (347kb)

Frans Goddijn
Gezeefd uit de TEX-NL discussielijst (Dutch)
MAPS 22, 1999, 13-31
09.pdf (79kb)
TEX-NL, guru, hints, hack, bugs
Dit is het vijfde deel uit een serie die in 1993 door Philippe Vanoverbeke in de MAPS is gestart. Philippe maakte een selectie van berichten uit de TEX-NL lijst. Een aantal oplossingen, hints en gouden tips over onderwerpen waarvan je weleens denkt: ``hoe zat dat ook alweer?'' In de MAPS van voorjaar 1998 stond deel 4. Voor deze aflevering is een aantal berichten gezeefd uit TEX-NL van maart 1998 tot januari 1999. Met dank aan Piet van Oostrum die opnieuw de meeste antwoorden aandroeg, en aan de andere actieve abonnees van TEX-NL!

Taco Hoekwater
PostScript Fonts op computers? (Dutch)
MAPS 22, 1999, 32-36
10.pdf (85kb)
fonts, PostScript fonts
Dit artikel geeft een korte inleiding in de interne werking van PostScript computer-fonts en hun coderingen. Dit artikel is een aanpassing van een serie slides die gepresenteerd werden op de NTG bijeenkomst van 22 oktober 1998 in Leuven.

Maarten Gelderman
How to install a Type1 font using fontinst (English)
MAPS 22, 1999, 37-42
11.pdf (53kb)
fontinst, Type 1 fonts, installation
In this brief tutorial I will describe how a PostScript Type 1 font can be made available to TeX using the fontinst-utility (version 1.8). I will not delve into the technical details of this program or the exact functionality of each of the font files used during this process, as those aspects of font-installation are described in other articles in this issue of MAPS. I will not delve into the advanced features of fontinst either, but rather will provide a hands-on tutorial.

Roland Kwee
Installing PostScript Fonts Under Unix/Linux (English)
MAPS 22, 1999, 43-51
12.pdf (80kb)
fonts, PostScript, Linux, Adobe, dvips, GhostScript
This article discusses practical issues for installing Adobe PostScript fonts for TeX running on Unix/Linux. It also presents a script for automating the installation in order to install a package with over 200 fonts. As a useful side effect, the script creates a font data base and a font catalog to help the buyer/user of the font collection.

Siep Kroonenberg
NFSS: using font families in LaTeX2e (English)
MAPS 22, 1999, 52-54
13.pdf (42kb)
NFSS, font families, font attributes
This paper gives a brief overview of the LaTeX2e NFSS font machinery and font definition files. It also gives examples of ad-hoc font changes with low-level NFSS commands.

Hans Hagen
Fonts in ConTeXt (Dutch)
MAPS 22, 1999, 55-76
14.pdf (237kb)
ConTeXt, fonts, encodings, typography
This article is the revised chapter 5 of the ConTeXt reference manual, typeset in the MAPS layout. We will pay attention to all kind of font switching, fine tuning, and also provide some background information. Special attention is paid to the mapping of font names to files and some words are spent on encodings. This text is typeset in Lucida Bright but within the layout specification of the MAPS.

Hein Laan
De Euro in TeX (Dutch)
MAPS 22, 1999, 77-80
15.pdf (108kb)
euro teken, euro fonts

Maarten Gelderman
A short introduction to font characteristics (English)
MAPS 22, 1999, 81-88
16.pdf (164kb)
typefaces, design, font classification
Almost anyone who develops an interest in fonts is bound to be overwelmed by the bewildering variety of letterforms available. The number of fonts available from commercial suppliers like Adobe, URW, LinoType and others runs into the thousands. A recent catalog issued by FontShop alone lists over 25.000 different varieties. And somehow, although the differences of the individual letters are hardly noticable, each font has its own character, its own personality. Even the atmosphere elucided by a text set from Adobe Garamond is noticably different from the atmosphere of the same text set from Stempel Garamond. Although decisions about the usage of fonts, will always remain in the realm of esthetics, some knowledge about font characteristics may nevertheless help to create some order and to find out why certain design decisions just do not work. The main aim of this paper is to provide such background by describing the main aspects that might be used to describe a font.

Taco Hoekwater, Hans Hagen
Introducing Eetex (English)
MAPS 22, 1999, 89-93
17.pdf (50kb)
e-TeX, eeTeX, extensions, SGML
This article gives an introduction to eetex. Eetex is an extension to e-tex 2.0 that defines a collection of new primitives. Most of these deal with list data structures, but some other things are added as well.

Hàn Thê Thành, Sebastian Rahtz, Hans Hagen
The pdfTeX users manual (English)
MAPS 22, 1999, 94-114
18.pdf (145kb)
pdfTeX, manual

Taco Hoekwater, Michael Vulis
Introducing VTeX/Linux (English)
MAPS 22, 1999, 115-116
19.pdf (30kb)
VTeX, Linux, port, MicroPress
This document is a short introduction to VTeX for Linux, a partial port of VTeX that is free for non-commercial use. The most interesting feature of the compiler is the use of PDF as a backend instead of DVI.

Taco Hoekwater, Michael Vulis
Introducing GeX (English)
MAPS 22, 1999, 117-122
20.pdf (75kb)
PDF, inline graphics, EPS inclusion, GeX, VTeX
This is a short introduction to the pilot release of GeX. GeX is the most rapidly evolving part of VTeX; more detailed documentation is available in the distribution of VTeX. This article specifically describes GeX as implemented in the public domain version of VTeX/Linux. While the same or additional features may be available in the commercial Windows version, we describe what exists in the freely downloadable version. For information on downloading VTeX/Linux see the NTG web site or the article in this MAPS issue.

Wietse Dol, Erik Frambach
4Spell, a spell-checker for Windows 95/98/NT (English)
MAPS 22, 1999, 123-126
21.pdf (82kb)
4spell, 4TeX, spell checker
In this paper we will describe the features of 4Spell 1.1, a Windows spell-checker for TeX documents. Since there aren't many good spell-checkers around and since 4Spell only works on Windows platforms, we will also explain how the spell-checking is done. This should make it possible to write a spell-checker for other platforms (why not use perl and become platform independent :-) 4Spell is part of the new 4TeX for Windows (release expected by the end of March 1999). We realized, however, that this tool could be useful for people who do not want to use 4TeX and hence we made it a stand-alone freeware program.

Erik Frambach
4Project: a project manager for TeX (English)
MAPS 22, 1999, 127-129
22.pdf (76kb)
project management
A new project manager, 4Project, analyses your TeX document and gives you easy access to any item in it.

Wybo Dekker
How Perl can help TeX (English)
MAPS 22, 1999, 130-135
23.pdf (85kb)
Perl, mfpic, mkpic
Perl may be an easy interface to TeX when it comes to repetitive tasks, like writing letters, creating reports from databases, and many more. This article shows how Perl can be used to generate many similar pictures via the mfpic style

Erik Frambach
Is TeX Y2K-compliant? (English)
MAPS 22, 1999, 136-141
24.pdf (72kb)
millennium, Y2K
Will TeX and related programs continue to work properly after the year 2000? This article describes how TeX deals with dates and how this affects its behavior after the year 2000.

Richard Müller
A Database for PPCHTeX (English)
MAPS 22, 1999, 142-143
25.pdf (72kb)
PPCHTeX, chemistry, structure formulas, databases
A database with PPCHTeX code would ease the work for those who have to draw chemical formulas only occasionally and have no time to become acquainted with it. But experts could also make use of it. The establishing of such a database is discussed and proposed.

Berend de Boer
Beginnen met ConTeXt (Dutch)
MAPS 22, 1999, 144-147
26.pdf (38kb)
ConTeXt, tutorial

Hans Hagen
Optimizing TeX code (English)
MAPS 22, 1999, 148-152
27.pdf (57kb)
speeding up, format, optimizing code, e-TeX, ConTeXt
Macros can be collected in macro packages. These packages can be stored in a form that permits fast loading. Although TeX is already pretty fast, for demanding applications it makes sense to speed up TeX to the max. Switching to e-TeX and beyond is one way to achieve this, another way can be found in optimizing the macro code by means of a dedicated program. Currently the combination of both can speed up TeX runs by at least 10%.

Hans Hagen
Tabulating in ConTeXt (English)
MAPS 22, 1999, 153-161
28.pdf (54kb)
tables, alignment, ConTeXt
This article describes the ConTeXt tabulate environment, which can be used to typeset tables that are part of the text flow. This mechanism differs from the TaBlE based table mechanism, but recognizes the same preamble commands. It offers automatic width calculations when typesetting (multiple) paragraphs in tables and splits the tables over pages.

Hans Hagen, Taco Hoekwater
Bug or Feature? — misleading font messages (English)
MAPS 22, 1999, 161
29.pdf (17kb)
fonts, error messages
TeX error messages and warnings are not always that clear. Sometimes confusion is due to optimizations in TeX the program. We will discuss the noty always honest \the\font.

Kaveh Bazargan
Don't give authors the class files! (English)
MAPS 22, 1999, 162-163
30.pdf (21kb)

Frans Goddijn
Robin Williams over typografie — een dame geeft raad (Dutch)
MAPS 22, 1999, 164-167
31.pdf (116kb)
typography, fonts, design, expert, book review
Tijdens de heuglijke NTG-dag in het vorstelijke Leuven vond ik op de boekentafel van Addison-Wesley twee leuk uitziende boeken over typografie en ontwerp. Mooie, knalgele boekjes die even onderhoudend als leerzaam bleken, geschreven door Robin Williams: The Non-designers's Type Book en The Non-designers's Design Book. Ik sla er één voor u open.

Siep Kroonenberg
Typography to a purpose (English)
MAPS 22, 1999, 168-173
32.pdf (941kb)
graphic design, typography
This paper shows some real-life examples of typography, some good, some not so good. We shall have a look at what is on the page and speculate about what the publisher or designer is trying to accomplish.

Erik Frambach, Taco Hoekwater, Siep Kroonenberg
Report on TeX-Tagung Dante'99 in Dortmund (English)
MAPS 22, 1999, 174-175
33.pdf (30kb)
report, Dante, NTS, e-TeX
A report on Dante's 20th meeting which took place in Dortmund. The future of the NTS project and the e-TeX project were hot issues that were discussed during this meeting.