How you can help in the TeX community
First, one way to help that we can recommend to everyone is to join TUG or another TeX
user group. This helps support the infrastructure of TeX and the
If you're looking for help with using TeX, rather than contributing,
please see the getting started with TeX page.
The other items on this page are specific tasks we know of that
need volunteers. If you have time and willingness to help with one,
please get in touch at the indicated address. Thanks.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in these:
- We'd like to collect small
sample documents for the standard and other popular LaTeX classes,
and for ConTeXt documents too. If you have any to share, please let me
know. Several other template
collections are available.
- We'd like to have an ‘introduction to LaTeX’
document that falls somewhere between the brevity of
sample2e.tex and the completeness of A Not So Short Introduction, with
a strong focus on examples rather than discursive explanations.
- The hyperref manual needs
a thorough updating. The present maintainer has carefully documented
changes in the NEWS file and sources, but the main manual lags behind.
- The dvips manual could use a systematic
description of the specials that are accepted (and examination of the
source code to find out what they are). Quite a few are documented, but
not all. Other updates are probably needed too.
- The unofficial LaTeX
reference manual needs much expansion and filling out.
- Make a bold variant for the Concrete font family.
substitutes but a true boldface would, in addition to making this
font more widely useful, also increase the number of complete font
families usable for mathematics. (Possibly an approach like the
one taken by Ulrik Vieth of making changes to the parameters in the
Metafont files would produce a solution.)
- Write an equivalent of cmap.sty for plain TeX, to make searching in
PDF output as good as possible. (Suggested by Don Knuth.)
- Write something for plain TeX (ideally running on pdftex and luatex)
to support font expansion and margin kerning as in the LaTeX microtype package. Supporting
Computer Modern alone would be useful. This could be used for TUGboat and Texinfo, among others.
- The Lucida macros and
documentation need an ongoing maintainer to fix bugs and make
improvements. Email email@example.com.
- We can use endless help with TeX4ht in
fixing bugs, adding features, improving the documentation, and
everything else. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Supporting OpenType and perhaps TrueType in the
long-standing but still active dvips program would
be great, i.e., at least conversion to Type42. Perhaps some of the code
from pdftex could be adapted. Email email@example.com.
- Also dvips: support PDF graphics.
- Also dvips: use
subset tags in output font names (see whole thread).
- Both dvips and pdftex: output Type1C, for smaller file sizes.
TUG web site
Email firstname.lastname@example.org about these:
If you'd like to add an item to this page, or have other questions
and suggestions, mail email@example.com. For general
questions and discussion about TeX and related programs, mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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