[texhax] Crowd funding for LaTeX development
will.adams at frycomm.com
Mon Sep 25 14:39:28 CEST 2017
Moreover, TUG is a recognized 501C3 --- you can donate using the CFC/United
Way as a payroll deduction and they'll get the money in $100 increments.
On Mon, Sep 25, 2017 at 5:51 AM, Joseph Wright <
joseph.wright at morningstar2.co.uk> wrote:
> 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.)
> > Thoughts?
> 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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