MAPS 27 (2002.1)

Johannes Braams
MAPS 2002.1 (English/Dutch), MAPS 27, 2002, 1-119
keywords: NTG, MAPS
abstract: NTG's magazine
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Johannes Braams
Redactioneel (Dutch), MAPS 27, 2002, 1
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Erik Frambach
TeX gebruikersgroepen (English/Dutch), MAPS 27, 2002, 2-5
keywords: gebruikersgroepen, user groups
abstract: Een overzicht van alle ons bekende TeX gebruikersgroepen met bijbehorende contactgegevens.
02.pdf (60kb)
Jules van Weerden
Agenda (Dutch), MAPS 27, 2002, 6
03.pdf (43kb)
Piet van Oostrum
Een uittreksel uit de recente bijdragen in het CTAN archief (Dutch), MAPS 27, 2002, 7-9
keywords: TeX, LaTeX, Packages, CTAN, Type1, fonts, PDF, pstricks, PostScript
abstract: Dit artikel beschrijft een aantal recente bijdragen uit het CTAN archief. De selectie is gebaseerd op wat ik zelf interessant vind en wat ik denk dat voor veel anderen interessant is. Het is dus wel een persoonlijke keuze. Het heeft niet de bedoeling om een volledig overzicht te geven. De uitgebreidere bijdragen zijn ook geen handleidingen. Beschouw het maar als een soort menukaart die de bedoeling heeft om de lezer te laten watertanden.
04.pdf (62kb)
Siep Kroonenberg
Patenten, copyright en 'intellectual property' (Dutch), MAPS 27, 2002, 10-12
keywords: Software patenten, WIPO, EPO, standaarden, Europa
abstract: In dit stuk wordt aandacht gevraagd voor software patenten en andere aanslagen op onze elektronische vrijheid.
05.pdf (93kb)
Donald Knuth
Letter from Knuth (English), MAPS 27, 2002, 13
keywords: Letter
abstract: A facsimile copy of a letter by Donald E. Knuth to Siep Kroonenberg about the EuroTeX2002 proceedings. In the letter, dated 26 November 2001, Donald E. Knuth congratulates Siep Kroonenberg on the "most beautiful design and production of the EuroTeX2001 proceedings." He further describes how both he and Mrs. Knuth love its look and feel. The letter is hand written with a pencil on the personal stationery (Donald E. Knuth, Professor Emeritus of The Art of Computer Programming) of the Stanford University in Stanford, California. Although the actual text of the letter is somewhat more concise than this abstract, it is a must-see for any TeX user.
06.pdf (601kb)
Patrick Gundlach
Meta-Euro (English), MAPS 27, 2002, 14-19
keywords: Euro symbol, MetaPost
abstract: How to create the Euro symbol in Metapost.
07.pdf (68kb)
Hans Hagen
The euro symbol (English), MAPS 27, 2002, 20-22
keywords: Euro symbol, MetaPost
abstract: When Patrick Grundlach posted a nice MetaPost version of the euro symbol to the ConTeXt discussion list, he added the comment "The official construction is ambigious: how thick are the horizontal bars? How much do they stick out to the left? Is this thing a circle or what? Are the angles on the left side of the bars the same as the one on the right side? ..." The alternative below is probably not as official as his, but permits a finetuning. You are warned: whatever you try, the euro is and will remain an ugly symbol.
08.pdf (54kb)
Jean-Luc Doumont
Doing it my way: a lone TeXer in the real world (English), MAPS 27, 2002, 23-28
abstract: While a world-renowned standard in many academic fields, Don Knuth's much acclaimed typesetting system is almost unknown in most parts of the real world, where many a document designer has achieved professional success without ever hearing (let alone pronouncing) the word `TeX'. Outside academia, the lone TeXer faces not only compatibility headaches, but also outright incomprehension from his customers, colleagues, or competitors: why would anyone want to use TeX to produce memos, two-color newsletters, full-color brochures, overhead transparencies, and other items -- in short, anything but books that contain a lot of mathematics? As a consultant in professional communication, I have been using TeX for all documents I have produced for my clients and for myself during the last ten years or so. Though it has turned out to be most successful, this approach is seen by most as a mere idiosyncrasy. And yet, the systematic use of my own TeX and PostScript programming gives me three unequalled advantages over using off-the-shelf software: I travel light, I can go anywhere I please, and I guarantee I'll get there.
09.pdf (135kb)
Jean-Luc Doumont
Drawing effective (and beautiful) graphs with TeX (English), MAPS 27, 2002, 29-35
abstract: A standard approach to producing documents that include illustrations consists in typesetting text with specialized typesetting software (such as TeX) and inserting illustrations created with different, equally specialized software. To better integrate the illustrations into the typeset page, it would be nice to be able to produce or modify them directly with the typesetting software. Drawing graphs with TeX, for example, would allow one to set them \hsize wide and 0.75\hsize high, position labels exactly \baselineskip below the horizontal axis, and, especially, typeset all annotations with the same fonts, sizes, and mathematical beauty as the rest of the document. The hybrid TeX and PostScript macros presented in this paper take advantage of TeX's power to graph and annotate data sets in a variety of ways in order to produce effective, beautiful, well-integrated graphs. They use TeX to draw all horizontal and vertical lines (axes, tick marks, grid lines) and set all annotations, and PostScript to draw the data, as markers, lines, and areas. While fairly simple, they have been successfully harnessed to appear in a wide range of real-life applications, up to logarithmic graphs and (with some patience) complex multipanel displays. Of course, the macros are a tool for drawing final graphs rather than exploring or transforming data sets.
10.pdf (407kb)
Hans Hagen, Ton Otten
Figures (English), MAPS 27, 2002, 36-40
abstract: Within the TeX community there is a widely used database for bibliographic references, BIB-TeX, but not for figures. To manage figures ConTeXt now supports a figures database. The database is setup in XML and converted to an interactive PDF figure library featuring ordered displays and a search mechanism. From the library, figures can be included easily in ConTeXt documents as long as both the PDF and the XML files remain present.
11.pdf (477kb)
Ernst van der Storm
DTP'en met LaTeX, gebruik en adviezen (Dutch), MAPS 27, 2002, 41-44
keywords: LaTeX, 4allTeX, PostScript
abstract: Verslag van het gebruik van LaTeX voor DTP-doeleinden, met enkele eenvoudige macro's en het integreren van platjes: een beschrijving aan de hand van de praktijk.
12.pdf (258kb)
Karel Wesseling, Gertrude van der Sar, Jos Settels
From PC-Write to ConTeXt easy speedy beauty (English), MAPS 27, 2002, 45-50
keywords: non-guru, 4TeX, ConTeXt
abstract: A tale of more than 10 years of joy and struggle with TeX followed by a period of bliss, of easy to use tools, quickly obtained results and incredible possibilities from the coming of 4TeX and ConTeXt, narrated by non-gurus.
13.pdf (419kb)
Karel Wesseling
A do-it-yourself thebibliography in ConTeXt (English), MAPS 27, 2002, 51-55
keywords: non-guru, LaTeX, ConTeXt, bibliography, citation command
abstract: Moving from LaTeX to ConTeXt is not really simple but to return from ConTeXt to LaTeX would have been equally hard were it not for a publication by Berend de Boer in MAPS 24 explaining how to do LaTeX things in ConTeXt. Only one thing was missing, a do-it-yourself thebibliography. Hans Hagen had a solution which is described below.
14.pdf (65kb)
Siep Kroonenberg
TeX voor thuis (Dutch), MAPS 27, 2002, 56-59
abstract: Dit verhaal richt zich tot mensen die op hun eigen machine TeX aan de praat willen krijgen, zonder hulp van een systeembeheerder of guru-vriendje.
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Siep Kroonenberg
Mac OS X als TeX platform (Dutch), MAPS 27, 2002, 60-61
keywords: Macintosh, Mac OS X, TeXShop
abstract: Nu het Macintosh platform tot Unix is bekeerd en ingebouwde ondersteuning heeft voor pdf, bezit de Mac hele goede papieren als een platform voor TeX. Het programma TeXShop is hiervan het bewijs.
16.pdf (308kb)
Siep Kroonenberg
Configuration (English), MAPS 27, 2002, 62-65
keywords: texmf trees, configuration, environment variables, file searching
abstract: Texmf trees can make a TeX installation more maintainable. With creative use of environment variables, it is possible to run different versions and different configurations in different xterm or console windows.
17.pdf (77kb)
Hans Hagen
MathML (English), MAPS 27, 2002, 66-119
keywords: MathML, ConTeXt
abstract: Typesetting math in MathML using ConTeXt.
18.pdf (208kb)