[texhax] Crowd funding for LaTeX development
joseph.wright at morningstar2.co.uk
Mon Sep 25 11:51:59 CEST 2017
On 25/09/2017 09:54, Brian Dunn wrote:
> 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
> and translations.
> - 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
> professional packages.
> - 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.)
TUG already administer a number of funds, e.g. for CTAN contributions
(https://www.tug.org/donate.html). Do you see the above as being
significantly different from that? Perhaps alternative routes for the
money to get 'in'.
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