[tug-summer-of-code] A couple of project proposals

Scott Pakin scott at pakin.org
Thu Feb 12 18:51:45 CET 2009

Here are a couple of ideas that popped into mind when I read Karl's

    1) Grand Unified TeX
       pdfTeX has cool features (micro-justification); eTeX has cool
       features (extra developer primitives); LuaTeX has cool features
       (cleaner scripting interface); XeTeX has cool features (ease of
       using operating system fonts).  While the first three of those
       are already integrated in modern TeX distributions, it'd be
       really nice to further include XeTeX's font support into the

    2) LaTeX handwriting-based symbol search
       There are occasional posts to comp.text.tex asking by
       description for a particular LaTeX symbol ("a capital U with a
       dot...no, not with the dot above the U but centered within
       it...no, not such a small dot, a bigger dot...").  It'd be a
       great help to produce a Web site in which a user can draw a
       symbol with the mouse and have the site return a list of LaTeX
       symbols (glyph + package + control sequence) that best match the
       user's drawing.

Just some food for thought,
-- Scott

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