[Tugindia] packages

Kapil Hari Paranjape kapil at imsc.res.in
Wed Jun 24 18:20:14 CEST 2009


On Wed, 24 Jun 2009, Kannan Moudgalya wrote:
> For each package, can we create a spoken tutorial that explains the
> steps involved in using it?  Or for that matter, on any topic of
> LaTeX.

The following standard sources provide _written_ help on using
packages with LaTeX:
 1. The CTAN archive has a short description of each package.
 2. The UK TUG FAQ has a nice list of suggestions based on common
    queries about packages.
 3. Each package usually has comprehensive documentation.

The first two are available as web pages and the latter can (in
principle) be arranged to provide web pages using a cgi-bin that does
"untex" or something more sophisticated with TeX4HT.

Once the _written_ help is available, it can be converted to spoken
text using festival or some other text-to-speech conversion system.

The advantage of not concentrating just of spoken text is that
people who can read do not need to use up bandwidth in order to
extract information.

The disadvantage of written text (and TeX _is_ largely about that) is
that people who write it often do not care to see how easy/difficult
it is to understand when it is spoken.

Thus, what is suggested above is merely a first step which will create
a big corpus which can then be improved upon bit by bit.



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