announced in TUGBOAT, the
twentieth annual meeting
the TEX Users Group will be held at the University of
British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia, August 15-19, 1999.
We inviteTUG members (and their friends) to join us in Vancouver, and
we encourage you all to consider giving a presentation and/or
workshop. We would like to offer information on installing and using
existing macro packages and software tools, and, of course, everyone
wants to hear about new macros, new software, and new approaches to
using TEX and
LATEX. We're extending a
special invitation to publishers, commercial vendors of
TEX, and consultants. We'd like to hear about your
services and/or products, and we'll be happy to schedule presentation
time for you during the conference and to provide you with a display
The Program Committee would like this conference to provide
worthwhile information for all segments of the TUG community. In
order to meet this goal for such a diverse group, we are planning to
schedule parallel sessions as part of each day's agenda. The overall
scheme is to start with general discussions about the day's topics,
then to continue with parallel presentations and workshops on these
topics. For example, a session about the latest developments
in LATEX could include a discussion of the
problems in controlling the placement of floating tables and figures,
followed by an introduction to the improved macros for handling
floats. During the parallel sessions, a technical discussion about
the development of the macros and a workshop giving
step-by-step instruction on how to use the macros would be scheduled
at the same time. We hope that this arrangement will better serve the
interests of both developers and end-users.
The theme of the
conference is ``TEX Online: Untangling the Web and
TEX''. We are focusing on the issues involved in
files to electronic formats; some of these are:
- how to convert the files;
- how to handle graphics
- what fonts are suitable for electronic formats; how to use alternate
fonts; licensing issues;
- designing for the screen instead of the page.
Right now, the Program
Committee wants to hear from you, so this isn't just an
announcement--it's a survey. Even if you don't feel qualified to make
a presentation, you do know what your current
TEX problems and interests are. You can help to make
the '99 meeting a success by taking the time to tell us.
Below you will find a list of suggested topics. Please take a few minutes
to respond. Which of these topics best suit your current needs?
Please be specific; telling us you ``like them all'' is not very
helpful. We will try to design a program based on the responses to
this survey--your opinion matters!
We are also planning to
provide full courses the week before the conference. Again, we want
to know which topics would be most helpful to you. Do you need a
course in using TEX?
LATEX? Do you need courses
on using some of the supported packages? Writing macros? Would you
be interested in a course on HTML? Designing for the Web?
If you're interested in giving a presentation or workshop on a suggested
topic or some other related topic--or teaching a course, we especially
want to hear from you.
Please reply to: TUG'99(firstname.lastname@example.org).
|TUG'99 Program Committee
As you review this list, please tell us
which you would most like to see at TUG'99. If you don't see
what you need, feel free to make other suggestions.
- Do you use plain
TEX, as opposed to
LATEX, for your work? Are
you interested in learning about macro sets other than
LATEX, such as Eplain?
- TEX in the Office:
interactions with programs like Mathematica, Matlab, Maple;
relationships between word processing files (Word, Word Perfect) and
TEX; using TEX to typeset spreadsheets
produced by Lotus 1-2-3, Excel, etc.
- Basic TEX: short course
presenting the TEX lifestyle plus a dozen or so
commands, sufficient for audience to compose simple reports and
Introduction to Eplain: Eplain provides macros for
LATEX-like features such as
automatic numbering, list environments, labelling and
cross-referencing, without locking the TEX-user into
- If you're a LATEX user,
are you now using LATEX? Do you still need introductory
sessions like those listed, or are you ready for more advanced topics?
If so, please tell us what subjects you'd like to see.
- Making the Transition from
LATEX 2.09 to .
Introduction to LATEX
Supported Packages: discussion of
changes to familiar environments, like
multicolumn, and features of new packages.
Beyond tabular: Overview of
various packages that extend the basic tabular
environment, including packages that
automatically break long tables across pages;
Generating Bibliographies and Indices: Using
BibTEX and makeidx.
same as Basic TEX, above, but
(Basic TEX would be a prerequisite).
- Designing Your Own Class Files.
- Do you need more than Computer Modern? Are you considering electronic
Virtual Fonts: what they are,
some elementary font projects.
Using outline fonts with TEX:
how to make sure your Adobe fonts work properly
Typesetting Proper Math with Other
Fonts: i.e., other than Computer Modern.
Font Issues of Electronic Publishing: choosing fonts for viewing as
well as printing; output considerations; licensing and copyright
- Are you interested in packages for producing graphics? Do you need to
know more about integrating graphics files into your TEX/LATEX documents? Are you
using (or trying to use) color?
Graphics via TEX macros, such as:
LATEX, epic, eepic, PiCTEX, PSTricks.
Graphics via Metafont, Metapost, and XY-pic.
Integrating Graphics into TEX Documents:
encapsulated PostScript; bitmap images; GIF and JPEG files; conversion between graphics
Graphics in Commercial
Implementations: overview of graphic
inclusion features of various commercial
packages, such as PCTEX, Scientific
Word/Workplace, Textures, TrueTEX, Y&Y
The In's and Out's of dvips.
TEX and the Web
- Are you interested in converting your TEX/LATEX files to
electronic format? Do you need to know more about how to design for the Web? Would you be
interested in sessions on pdf and html?
TEX, multimedia, and
Creating color Web graphics with TEX.
Using TEX and CGI to create dynamic
TEX documents for faxing, web, etc.
Overviews of pdftex, dvi to pdf, and LATEX2HTML.
What's New with Math on the Web: IBM techexplorer and MathML.
Color Design for the Page and the Screen:
making sure what they see is what you meant.
CTAN and Public Domain TEX Systems
Thanks for taking the time to respond. Your comments are appreciated!
- Do you need help using the latest CD's or downloading from the
Discussion of finding your
way around the TEX archives and retrieving files.
- TEX Live CD
contents and installation.
Overview of installation and customization.