[texhax] January 2006 TUG news: membership, Lucida, conferences,
tug-news at tug.org
tug-news at tug.org
Fri Jan 6 15:43:57 CET 2006
Dear TeX users,
- TUG membership and renewal forms (both online and printed) are
posted for the new year, linked from
http://tug.org/join.html. The basic structure
remains the same as ever, but there are a few changes
Membership dues have increased this year. The last
change in dues was in 1998 (and not by much), thus
the TUG board approved a $10 increase to offset some
rising expenses and the slow but steady decline in
membership we have experienced the last few years.
With your support, and with additional publicity and
outreach efforts, we're hoping to reverse the latter.
At the request of several members, we've also
instituted an option to automatically renew
memberships for future years. This saves TUG a
little overhead and you a little time, so please
consider selecting it.
Another new option is to omit shipping of the
physical benefits (printed TUGboats and physical
software discs), with a consequent reduction ($20) in
the membership fee. Again, some members requested
this, preferring to access everything online.
(Recall that beginning with the 2005 volume, current
TUGboat issues are immediately available online to
members only; see http://tug.org/memberaccess.html.)
Finally, a reminder that the TUG fax number has
changed: it's now
- The Lucida fonts are now available through TUG, in two sets.
The "complete set" is exactly the same 41 Lucida
fonts which Y&Y sold. (The pfb's are completely
unchanged.) There is also a "basic set" with 22
fonts -- all the math fonts and the essential text
fonts. Both individual and site licenses are
available. There is a substantial discount for TUG
members. Font samples, documentation, and more are
available on the web site:
- Upcoming major TeX conferences:
BachoTeX 2006: No Life Without TeX Live
April 29 - May 2, 2006, in Bachotek, Poland.
(Abstracts for presentations due January 22.)
EuroTeX 2006: A Hungarian TeX Rhapsody
July 5-8, 2006, in Debrecen, Hungary.
(Abstracts due March 1.)
Practical TeX 2006:
Hands-on 4-day LaTeX workshop from July 25-28, 2006,
then a 3-day conference from July 30 - August 1, 2006,
at Rutgers University in Piscataway, New Jersey, USA.
(Abstracts due April 1, registration form available now.)
TUG 2006: Digital Typography and Electronic Publishing
Tutorials on November 7-8, 2006,
then the main conference from November 9-11, 2006,
in Marrakesh, Morocco.
(*Papers* due June 30, registration form available now.)
- In addition to the large TeX conferences, TUG would
like to encourage smaller, more informal local area
gatherings of TeX users in areas where these are
uncommon. In North America, for example, such
meetings are almost unknown, while in Germany (where
they are known as "Stammtische"), they are relatively
common. We know only a fraction of TeX users can
attend the larger conferences, and hope to support
more local groups and meetings, as has long been the
case with the European TeX groups.
A couple of such gatherings already exist, including
one in the Boston area and one in New Jersey. For
more information, or especially if you are interested
in starting one in your area, please see the
information and form on this web page (and thanks):
As always, please don't hesitate to contact us
(tug-news at tug.org) with questions, suggestions, or
Best wishes for 2006,
Karl Berry (President) on behalf of the TUG Board
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