How you can help in the TeX community
(If you're looking for help with using TeX, rather than ways to
contribute, please see the getting started with
One way to help the community that we recommend to everyone is to join TUG or another TeX
user group. This helps support the infrastructure of TeX and the TeX
world. Or, if you prefer, make a
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, or
have an item you'd like added, please email email@example.com by default,
or the specific address if one is given. Thanks.
First, a summary of some writing projects for which we have detailed
descriptions and related references on a
Other documentation projects:
- Man page updates.
- 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. Other template
collections are available.
- It would be good 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 practical examples rather than
discursive explanations, history, and myriad alternatives.
- The dvips manual needs a systematic
description of the specials that are accepted (and examination of the
source code to find out what they are). Many are documented, but not
all. A review of the manual will no doubt find other updates that are
One more, independent of all else: the LaTeX WikiBook could
always use reviews and contributors.
- Make a bold variant for the Concrete font family.
There are 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 for math, 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 (running at least on pdftex)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- We can use endless help with TeX4ht in
fixing bugs, adding features, improving the documentation, and
everything else. Email email@example.com.
- Add collaborative support to TeXworks or
another TeX editor, perhaps along the lines of a network-enabled desktop
(similar but nonfree:
or perhaps a web app like
- XeTeX development:
- Support variable
OpenType fonts, such as the STIXTwoText fonts, which include bold.
- Support color
emojis, by supporting raster-based OpenType color fonts. This relates to
OpenType COLR v1 or SVG tables (references).
to a free (libre) PDF reader. The three features are independent; each
is important in its own realm. The MuJS
- Supporting OpenType and perhaps TrueType in the long-standing but
still widely-used dvips program would be great,
i.e., at least conversion to Type42. This has been by VTeX in the xdvipsk project;
integration into the upstream dvips (in TeX Live) remains.
- 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:
- The TeX resources on the
web page has grown wildly and haphazardly. Systematically checking
links and organizing the entries would be great. This would best be done
a little at a time, not in one giant effort.
- The mysterious TeX errors page needs some
introductory text and general organization.
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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