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7th GUST Annual TEX Meeting

Practical aspects of Electronic Publishing

Bachotek, 1--3.05.1999

1.05.1999 (Saturday)


Piotr Bolek (e-mail:
Coding, processing and formatting of SGML documents

Abstract: The text is an attempt to present experience from the practical usage of SGML for document coding. No ready recipe is given on how to format arbitrary SGML documents in an any way; instead, experience from the practical usage of SGML for a few years, on various documents, is described.

Many useful SGML constructions are discussed (conditional processing, definitions, abbreviations, and the like). A set of freeware tools is also presented, the ones successfully used by the author for formatting SGML-encoded documents. The text lacks information that can be found in the documentation of software, e.g. how to install the packages correctly.

Janusz M. Nowacki (e-mail:
BiuroTeX or easy TeX for the office

Włodzimierz Macewicz (e-mail:
A Dictionary for Ispell -- state of works, a survey of tools for spelling checking

Abstract: Relation on the progress of works on the Polish dictionary for the Ispell spelling checker. The structure of the dictionary, the rules for defining various forms of a word.

Włodek Bzyl (e-mail:
Spelling errors correction in multilingual TeX document

Abstract: The problem of detecting and correcting spelling errors in marked up documents is discussed. We divide the problem into separate tasks and propose solutions to all of them. Based on this division, a simple system which provides the ability to deal satisfactorily with any TeX markup is presented. In particular, documents written simultaneously in several languages can be spell checked.

Adam Dawidziuk (e-mail:
Introduction to halftoning

Abstract: A technique called halftoning is used for reproducing multitone images on black and white printing devices. The text is devoted to the basic ideas related to the topics, particularly to the related practical problems.

Piotr Bolek (e-mail:
Not only Power Point

Abstract: The article describes a package pdfslides by the author, for the preparation of presentations in the PDF format. The package can be useful for the users of |plain| or as well as for those who use LaTeX. The resulting PDF file can be generated by Adobe Acrobat Distiller, ps2pdf (ghostscipt, that is) or directly from TeX with the use of the PdfTeX program.

Staszek Wawrykiewicz (e-mail:
The practice of WEB2C

Abstract: WEB2C is a system for generating a complete software of a TeX environment for various platforms, not just the UNIX ones, but recently also Windows9x/NT, Amiga, and even MS DOS. The software comprises TeX and METAFONT, METAPOST, pdfTeX, eTeX, Omega, a series of drivers (including dvips, xdvi and windvi), TeX-HTML interface, font tools (including ones for PostScript fonts), programs for rearranging DVI and PS files, and many others.

The most important implementations based on WEB2C (Linux and Windows 9x) will be discussed during the lecture, relations between programs, configuring and work with programs, font generation, the mechanism for searching catalogues, problem diagnosis.

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Krzysztof Pszczoła (e-mail:
LaTeX manual---what it should be?

Abstract: Conceptions of ``ideal'' LaTeX manual will be discussed.

Hans Hagen (e-mail:
Do TeX lovers really see the difference?

Bogusław Jackowski (e-mail:
How to compensate for side bars


Piotr Kłosowski (e-mail:
A utility for typesetting in Hebrew -- the HEBRAJSK package

Abstract: The survey of already existing tools, covering the following aspects: text inputting -- editors, the available TeX fonts, TeX packages supporting the process of typesetting, problems with typesetting from the right to the left. A proposal of a practical approach to typesetting in Hebrew -- the HEBRAJSK package.

2.05.1999 (Sunday)

Piotr Bolek (e-mail:
Coding, processing... cont.

Jacek K±kol (e-mail:
The preparation of documents with the use of SGML and DSSSL in 10 minutes

Abstract: The authoring and formatting of documents based on the SGML and DSSSL standards does not have to be tedious nor laborious. With the right tools at hand one needs actually not more that 30 minutes to install the software, and then mark up and process the first documents. The goal of the article is to show how to do the job and what difficulties may arise.

Janusz M. Nowacki (e-mail:
Półtawski's antiqua with pen and METAPOST

Abstract: In the years 1923--1928, Adam Półtawski crowned the many years lasting works on the creation of a Polish typeface. Problems related to the elaboration of the electronic version of the Półtawski Antykwa typeface are discussed in the article.

Bogusław Jackowski (e-mail:
The signs on heaven, earth and elsewhere

Abstract: The invention of computer made the development of technology, influatening for a long time many areas of everyday life, impact also the transfer of information, i.e., communication. The article is devoted to the basic element of communication -- a character or sign -- its function and representation in the past, nowadays, and in the foreseenable future.

Włodek Bzyl (e-mail:
Input-output reencoding in Web2C distribution programs. Presentation of localized version of TeX

Hans Hagen (e-mail:
Abstract: In this tutorial we will discuss in what way documents should be encoded if we want to reuse the content. Attention will be paid to redundant coding, potential pitfals, and possible features of documents. Coding documents in for instance is promising, but can be as good as useless when done in the wrong way. The focus will be on the ``way of thinking'', and not so much on technical aspects.

Sigitas Tolusis (e-mail:
Inside LaTeXe kernel

Abstract: The standard LaTeXe typesetting system is quite flexible and covers most of customer needs. On the other hand, it still has some restrictions on formatting the page layout, especially in twocolumn mode. I would like to present some packages based on modified low level LaTeXe kernel macros. Using these packages it is possible to: balance columns on the last page in twocolumn mode; place a double-column float at the bottom of page; place footnotes below the bottom floats; insert some wide single-column material in any place of a two column page; and, do some other things.

Gilbert van den Dobbelsteen (e-mail:
Interacting pdfTeX, perl and ConTeXt

Abstract: Perl, PdfTeX, and ConText are extremely usefull in the production af large documents which need a lot of interaction too. This article resulted from a job I did for a good friend, yielding in over 2000 pages of PDF output.

The power here is to use the right tool for the right job. Almost everything created for this job could be done in TeX, but since I am just a `Ben Lee User', I use different tools to get the job done. So it is not a matter of which tool is the best for the job, but more like Which tool is best for the person using the tool.

Taco Hoekwater (e-mail: )
New Math Fonts in METAFONT

Abstract: In the autumn of last year, work started on a new set of mathematical fonts that are extended to cover the full range of characters included in MathML and the STIX proposals for math extensions in the next version of Unicode. This article presents the intermediate results.

Stanisław Romański (e-mail:
Books from Databases---printed and on CDs

2.05.1999 (Monday)

Hans Hagen (e-mail:
Flowcharts in TeX and METAPOST

Abstract: This article presents the ConText module that deals with flow (and related) charts. The charts are (run-time) drawn by METAPOST in close cooperation with TeX. This not onlu gives us rather good graphics, but also provides a seamless integration of flow charts in documents, including hyperlink support and other fancy features.

Marek Ryćko (e-mail:
What TeX expands except macrodefinitions?

Adam Kolany (e-mail:
Let's PSpoil something!

Abstract: The author will tell about his experiments in writing ``raw'' PostScript; for example, how one can easily draw function graphs (Cartesian coordinates, ticks on the axes, and the like), flow and other diagrams, etc.

Włodek Bzyl (e-mail:
Internationalization of the CWEB system

Jaroslav Snajdr (e-mail:
TeX in Czech environment

Abstract: History of Czech typography, Czech alphabet, typefaces of Czech authors, typesetting traditions. CS-fonts, details of METAFONT implementation, Type 1 version, comparison with EC fonts. Czech in plain and LaTeX: various problems and solutions -- hyphenation, font encodings, special macros, future directions.

Andrzej Tomaszewski (e-mail:
How to typeset tables correctly. Remarks by a typographer