Taco Hoekwater
MAPS 2009.2 (English/Dutch)
MAPS 39, 2009, 1-182
keywords: NTG, MAPS
abstract: NTG's magazine
39/maps.pdf (31635kb)

Hans Hagen
EuroTeX 2009 (English)
MAPS 39, 2009, 1-1
39/01.pdf (3656kb)

EuroTeX 2010 (English)
MAPS 39, 2009, 2-2
39/02.pdf (347kb)

Announcement: (English)
MAPS 39, 2009, 3-3
39/03.pdf (2243kb)

Announcement: (English)
MAPS 39, 2009, 4-4
39/04.pdf (519kb)

Kees van der Laan
TeX Education (English)
MAPS 39, 2009, 5-33
keywords: 2.5D, automatically numbered items, awareness, BabelTeX, binary and trinary tree, blue.tex , ConTeXt, data integrity, education, Escher, Gabo, H-fractal, impossible cube, insight, Malevich, master class, MetaPost, minimal markup, PDF, PostScript, plain TeX, regular surface, reuse, smiley, suprematism, TeX Collection DVD, turtle graphics, yin yang
abstract: In this note a proposal about education is made
and some education is done. Why not offer a macro
writing Master Class, in plain TeX&MetaPost via
internet, to endorse Minimal Markup and to strive after
readable, adaptable, robust and reusable macros, by using
paradigms? The macros are destined to be included in a
library for reuse in AnyTeX. Educational issues are:
language, awareness, insight, and TeX nique proper.
Courseware is indispensable. The personality of the
teacher is all important. Self-study is not enough and
considered dangerous. A few turtle graphics macros for
line-drawing in plain TeX, used for sketching a binary
tree and fractals, are given. Knuth's gkppic
macros are used for flowcharts. Of both their advantages
and disadvantages are mentioned. Graphics with curved
lines, via PostScript and MetaPost, such as envelope,
smiley, yin yang, Schröfers opart, and a circle covered
by circles are included. 2.5D graphics emulated from
Naum Gabo constructive works and Escher's impossible
cube, both specified by data in 3D and projected on 2D
with the viewing angles as parameters, are supplied.
Without explanation Spirals on the sphere and a torus
are included. Reuse of macros, pictures, references,
tools, formats is relevant with my blue.tex
released in about 1995, as an unusual, integrated example,
to be re-released under LPPL after review on the TeX Live
Distribution DVD of 2010. At the end a suggestion is done
to extend MetaPost towards 3D.
39/05.pdf (17656kb)

Luigi Scarso
LuaTeX lunatic (English)
MAPS 39, 2009, 34-58
keywords: Lua, Python, dynamic loading, ffi.
abstract: luatex lunatic is an extension of the Lua language of
luatex to permit embedding of a Python interpreter.
A Python interpreter hosted in luatex allows macro
programmers to use all modules from the Python standard
library, allows importing of third modules, and permits
the use of existing bindings of shared libraries or the
creation of new bindings to shared libraries with the
Python standard module ctypes. Some examples of such
bindings, particularly in the area of scientific graphics,
are presented and discussed. Intentionally the embedding
of interpreter is limited to the python-2.6 release and to
a luatex release for the Linux operating system (32 bit).
39/06.pdf (2468kb)

Willi Egger
Decorating CD-ROMs and DVDs (English)
MAPS 39, 2009, 59-71
keywords: ConTeXt, CD-ROM, DVD, label, booklet, inlay, layer.
abstract: After having burned a disk you sometimes need to add
a label and, if the disk is stored in a jewel case, a
booklet and an inlay for the jewel case. The following
article describes how to create a label for the disk on a
commercial label-sheet and a booklet and an inlay for the
jewel case. The following solutions are based on ConTeXt
's built-in layer capabilities.
39/07.pdf (993kb)

Hans Hagen
The language mix (English)
MAPS 39, 2009, 72-77
abstract: During the third ConTeXt conference that ran in parallel
to EuroTeX 2009 in The Hague we had several sessions
where MKIV was discussed and a few upcoming features
were demonstrated. The next sections summarize some of
that. It's hard to predict the future, especially because
new possibilities show up once LuaTeX is opened up more,
so remarks about the future are not definitive.
39/08.pdf (474kb)

Jelle Huisman
E16 & DEtool: typesetting language data using ConTeXt (English)
MAPS 39, 2009, 78-85
abstract: This article describes two recent projects in which
ConTeXt was used to typeset language data. The goal
of project E16 was to typeset the 16th edition of the
Ethnologue, an encyclopaedia of the languages of the
world. The complexity of the data and the size of the
project made this an interesting test case for the use
of TeX and ConTeXt. The Dictionary Express tool (DEtool)
is developed to typeset linguistic data in a dictionary
layout. DEtool (which is part of a suite of linguistic
software) uses ConTeXt for the actual typesetting.
39/09.pdf (615kb)

Siep Kroonenberg
A network TeXLive installation (English)
MAPS 39, 2009, 86-91
keywords: TeXLive, MIKTEX, installers, editors, roaming profiles, Windows Vista
abstract: This article describes a network TeXLive installation for
Windows users and the context in which it operates.
39/10.pdf (740kb)

Jean-Michel Hufflen
Using TeX's language within a course about functional programming (English)
MAPS 39, 2009, 92-98
keywords: Functional programming, TeX programming, lexical vs. dynamic scope, macros, evaluation strategies.
abstract: We are in charge of a teaching unit, entitled Advanced
Functional Programming
, for 4th-year university
students in Computer Science. This unit is optional within
the curriculum, so students attending it are especially
interested in programming. The main language studied in
this unit is Scheme, but an important part is devoted
to general features, e.g., lexical vs. dynamic scoping,
limited vs. unlimited extent, call by value vs. call by
name or need, etc. As an alternative to other programming
languages, TeX allows us to show a language where dynamic
and lexical scoping—\def vs. \edef—coexist. In
addition, we can show how dynamic scoping allows users
to customise TeX's behaviour. Other commands related
to strategies are shown, too, e.g., \expandafter,
\noexpand. More generally, TeX commands are related to
macros in more classical programming languages, and we
can both emphasise difficulty related to macros and show
non-artificial examples. So TeX is not our unit's main
focus, but provides significant help to illustrate some
difficult notions.
39/11.pdf (651kb)

A.-M. Aebischer, B. Aebischer, J.-M. Hufflen, F. Pétiard
Introducing new French-speaking users to LaTeX quickly and convincingly (English)
MAPS 39, 2009, 99-104
keywords: Teaching LaTeX, successive steps of a course, lab-class-based curriculum, students' perception
abstract: For four university years, we had to introduce 2nd-year
university students in Mathematics to LaTeX. An important
goal was to make them able to use LaTeX when they are
given some long homework in Mathematics the year after
(3rd-year university). This teaching unit only included
lab classes and was 15 hours long. We present our approach
in detail and explain how it was perceived by students.
39/12.pdf (648kb)

Hans Hagen
Oriental TeX by a dummy (English)
MAPS 39, 2009, 105-106
abstract: This article is converted from the slides presented at
the conference.
39/13.pdf (207kb)

Stanislav Jan Šarman
Writing Pitman shorthand with Metafont and LaTeX (English)
MAPS 39, 2009, 107-111
abstract: With pen shorthand, the traditional speech-recording
method, unwritten speech is at first manually captured and
then transliterated into a digital text. We have built
programs which reverse the second step of this process,
i.e. transform text into shorthand. Here we present as a
special case an online system, which converts English text
into Pitman 2000 shorthand using Metafont and LaTeX. The
impact of our system on pattern recognition of handwritten
shorthand and on stenography teaching is discussed.
39/14.pdf (21367kb)

Péter Szabó
Optimizing PDF output size of TeX documents (English)
MAPS 39, 2009, 112-130
abstract: There are several tools for generating PDF output from
a TeX document. By choosing the appropriate tools and
configuring them properly, it is possible to reduce
the PDF output size by a factor of 3 or even more, thus
reducing document download times, hosting and archiving
costs. We enumerate the most common tools, and show
how to configure them to reduce the size of text, fonts,
images and cross-reference information embedded into the
final PDF. We also analyze image compression in detail.
We present a new tool called which
optimizes the size of embedded images and Type1 fonts, and
removes object duplicates. We also propose a workflow for
PDF size optimization, which involves configuration of TeX
tools, running and the Multivalent
PDF compressor as well.
39/15.pdf (722kb)

Taco Hoekwater
Generating PDF for e-reader devices (English)
MAPS 39, 2009, 131-135
abstract: NotuDoc is a commercial Internet application that uses
ConTeXt for the on-the-fly generation of PDF documents
for, amongst other things, the e-reader devices of iRex
technologies. This articles offers a glimpse behind
the scenes.
39/16.pdf (735kb)

Taco Hoekwater
LuaTeX says goodbye to Pascal (English)
MAPS 39, 2009, 136-140
abstract: LuaTeX 0.50 features a complete departure from Pascal
source code. This article explains a little of the why
and how of this change.
39/17.pdf (224kb)

Taco Hoekwater
The Typesetting of Statistics (English)
MAPS 39, 2009, 141-142
abstract: The Dutch translation of the 750 page textbook
"Introduction to the Practice of Statistics" is typeset
using a set of ConTeXt macros. This article gives a short
impression of the production process of this book, showing
that the use of TeX for the actual typesetting was perhaps
the least cumbersome part of the process.
39/18.pdf (1859kb)

Hans Hagen, Taco Hoekwater
MetaPost 2 project goals (English)
MAPS 39, 2009, 143-144
abstract: Now that MetaPost 1.200 has been released the time
has finally come to focus on the numerical precision
extensions that we have been hinting at for some years
already. Version 2.000 of MetaPost will have a runtime
configurable precision and infinite numeric input range.
39/19.pdf (313kb)

John Trapp
Using LaTeX as a computing language (English)
MAPS 39, 2009, 145-165
39/20.pdf (783kb)

Ulrik Vieth
Experiences typesetting mathematical physics (English)
MAPS 39, 2009, 166-178
keywords: math typesetting, physics, notation
abstract: Twenty years ago, the author was just about to start his
university studies in math and physics. A year or so
later, he not only discovered a fascinating program called
TeX, but he also got involved in a project of typesetting
a series of lecture notes which eventually became book
manuscripts for a complete course in theoretical physics.
In the end, he spent about seven years working on typing,
editing, revising, and formatting more than 2500 book
pages containing a large amount of math. While there
are many experiences from such a project one could talk
about, ranging from issues of project management to
document design and layout, this talk will focus on two
specific topics: adapting LaTeX to deal with the specific
requirements of mathematical notation in physics and
fine-tuning the appearance of math formulas.
39/21.pdf (480kb)

Abstracts without papers (English)
MAPS 39, 2009, 179-181
39/22.pdf (359kb)

Participant list (English)
MAPS 39, 2009, 182-182
39/23.pdf (191kb)