[texhax] Crowd funding for LaTeX development
bd at bdtechconcepts.com
Mon Sep 25 10:54:17 CEST 2017
Might it be worthwhile to consider setting up a centralized
crowd-funding system for LaTeX development?
- LaTeX is increasing in popularity:
- Overleaf shows 750,000+ authors, 10,000 journals, 250
advisers, and around 30 organizations/companies.
- ShareLaTeX shows 1,300,000 authors, 30 partner institutions.
- LaTeX may be a good candidate for crowdfunding:
- LaTeX is a preexisting and growing collection of small
pieces, instead of one large project.
- Many authors are involved.
- LaTeX packages have a long and useful lifespan.
- Small packages/changes may be developed on spec, priced
reasonably according to actual development time involved, then
released when the funding is raised.
- The results are immediately usable.
- There are several LaTeX consultants advertised who presumably
would have time to do some of the advanced work. Any number
of students may be interested in helping with documentation
- The various publishers, journals, etc. may be willing to fund
anything which would make their lives easier.
- Things to be funded:
- Bug fixes, updates, and improvements for existing packages.
- Documentation and translation improvements.
(Ex: floatrow, komascript)
- New specialty science, engineering, humanities, and
- Modules for TeX4ht, babel, tikz, lwarp, bidi, etc.
- LaTeX3, XeLaTeX, LuaLaTeX, ConTeXt.
- TUG, DANTE, GUST, etc.
- Web infrastructure such as CTAN, LaTeX Font Catalog, wikis.
- Distributions such as TeXLive, MiKTex.
- Editors, LaTeX syntax highlighting rules.
- Font development
- A crowdfunding platform should be chosen carefully and hosted
independently for the long term.
- Publicity probably requires the involvement of Overleaf/ShareLaTeX to
spread the word to their users.
- Anyone doing much work may have to form a business entity. (One
advantage of doing so in USA is the ability to use a FEIN instead of a
SSN for W-9 forms.)
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