Following our speaker meeting last weekend, we have now got videos sorted out of all of the talks:

We hope that these are useful!

The annual Speaker Meeting and AGM took place on Saturday at Trinity College, Oxford. We had a mix of talks as well of course the AGM. The talks were recorded: they’ll be available soon (after editing), and we’ll post again once that happens.

Morning Session

The day began with informal discussions over coffee: the turnout was somewhat ‘select’ but we still had a good atmosphere.

Paulo Cereda opened the formal business with a talk via Skype from Brazil. Paulo gave us an update on his build tool arara, bring the story up to date since his presentation in 2012. The talk concentrated on new features in arara 4.0, and why it’s required a re-write to be in a position to make this available. Paulo described the challenges of adding new ideas to his tool and why it had been a longer job than he’d expected.

Simon Dales, UK-TUG Chair, then took up the floor to tell us about his work using the Doxygen tool for creating documentation for TeX code. Simon showed us the advantages of his approach as well as where he’s had to compromise to get a tool for C code to understand the very different nature of TeX!

Joseph Wright gave the first of his two talks for the day looking again at a build tool: l3build. This tool is focussed on the needs of package developers, and Joseph showed us how the LaTeX Project have made both testing and releasing code easier using the new code.

Afternoon session

After the sandwiches, Joseph gave his second talk, this time looking at how case changing can be implemented in TeX and follow the rules laid down by the Unicode Consortium . He outlined why TeX primitives can’t do everything that’s needed before showing an approach recently added to expl3 (although he kept away from the code!). This talk finished just in time for the formal business of the day: the AGM.

After lunch and the AGM we moved on to the last talk of the day from David Carlisle. He showed us the tension between ‘stability’ for LaTeX2e and the need to fix bugs and work with new engines. David explained what areas the LaTeX Project have been considering addressing, and what problems that work might solve (and cause!).

The day finished with a photo of the delegates in the late autumn sunshine!

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Notice of 2014 AGM

The 2014 UK-TUG AGM will be held on Saturday 29th November at 14:00. The
meeting will take place as part of the UK-TUG Speaker meeting at Trinity
College, Oxford, OX1 3BH. We hope that as members as possible will be
able to attend the AGM and the Speaker meeting.

Notice is hereby given for the following.

Election for Chair

The two-year term of office of the Chair, Simon Dales, finishes at the
end of the AGM. Anyone who wishes to stand should ask a member to
nominate them for the post: in case of difficulty, please approach the
committee.

Nominations should be sent to the Secretary by 23:59 on the 14th of November. The
candidate should also confirm that they are happy to stand, and may be
send a statement for circulation to members in support of their candidature.

If there is a contested election then there will be an electronic
ballot. Details of the candidates and supporting statements will be
circulated on Sunday 16th November and voting will close at 23:59 on
Thursday 27th November.

Elections for the committee

The term of all committee members expires at the end of the AGM (with
the exception of the Chair, as detailed above). Anyone who wishes to
stand should contact the Secretary at any time before the AGM. Most of
the business of the committee is carried out electronically, so a remote
location should be no barrier. The mechanism for nominations is similar
to that for Chair, with a nomination from a member along with
confirmation from the candidate, although there is no need to submit any
kind of statement.

Motions for the AGM

Any member may submit a motion to the AGM. Motions should be sent to the
Secretary, and should be received by 23:59
on Friday 14th November. Motions and supporting documentation will be
circulated on Sunday 16th November.

Voting on motions will be possible by proxy for members not able to
attend the AGM. Full details will be given with the motions when circulated.

We look forward to hearing from you!

The annual UK-TUG Speaker Meeting and AGM will take place on Saturday, 29th November at Trinity College, Oxford, OX1 3BH. The speaker meeting will begin at around 10 am and normally runs to between 4 pm and 5 pm, depending on the number of talks presented and time required to deal with the formal AGM business. Attendance at the speaker day is free for UK-TUG members, and a light lunch will be provided.

We hope to have an exciting day of talks: the day is flexible, with only the slot for the AGM (2 pm) fixed. Members are encouraged to submit talk titles and approximate lengths for addition to the programme. For members who are unable to attend, the committee will be recording the talks again, as happened last year, and uploading them to the UK-TUG Vimeo account.

For those who didn’t make it to the speaker meeting on Saturday, we’ve got various goodies available. First, we’re very lucky that Dick Nickalls brought his camera along, so we have a few pictures of the day.

 

 

 

 

‘Speaking’ of Dick, he and Joseph Wright have made copies of their slides available, so you can pick up what they said about Typesetting the Cube and A Tale of Two Packages.

If you want the full low-down on what was said, we’ve also got videos available of all of the talks and the workshop session. In the order they were given on the day, these are:

 

At the AGM for 2013, the make up of the new committee was also announced:

  • Simon Dales (Chair)
  • Jonathan Fine
  • Brent Longborough
  • John Peters
  • Arthur Reutenauer
  • Joseph Wright

The committee appointed Arthur as Treasurer and Joseph as Secretary: Simon was elected Chair in 2012 and has another year to go in this role before another election is needed.

The annual Speaker Meeting and AGM took place today at Trinity College, Oxford. We had a mix of talks, discussion and of course the AGM. The talks were recorded: they’ll be available soon (after editing), and we’ll post again once that happens.

Morning Session

The day began with informal discussions over coffee: there were some ‘old hands’ and a few new faces, and it was nice to get a chance to chat with other TeX users. The turnout was good, but like last year we had just enough room for everyone!

Simon Dales, UK-TUG Chair, gave us the first talk of the day. He spoke about using Lua within TeX as a general scripting/programming language, running his live demos on a Rasberry Pi (those people at last year’s meeting will remember the set up!).

We then moved on to Dick Nickalls talking about typesetting Rubik’s cubes in LaTeX. Dick told us a lot about Rubik’s cubes: they seem to be big in particle physics! There was a lot in the talk, bnot just the TeX (TikZ-based), but also mathematical notation, speed records and quarks. An entertaining mix.

Back with LuaTeX, Arthur Reutenauer showed us how to load TrueType fonts using Lua: another live demo. Arthur kept things simple, using the plain format to run his examples. There was lots of information about fonts to keep up with.

The morning session ended with Phil Molyneux giving us a meta-talk: a talk about giving talks to train new LateX users! Phil will be giving a variant of the UK-TUG information at a publisher in London next week, and he gave us an insight into the difference between the needs of authors and editors as ‘new’ LaTeX users.

Afternoon session

After lunch and the formal AGM (details already on there way to members), we moved on to the last talk of the day from Joseph Wright. He gave us an insight into looking after other people’s code, telling us about his work on beamer and biblatex.

We then moved to a workshop on ‘new’ TeX developments. There were a range of topics covered, such as direct PDF output, SyncTeX and editors. The discussion was lively, and everyone seemed to enjoy it!

 

The programme for our upcoming speaker meeting is

  • 10:30 Arrival/coffee
  • 11:00 Talk session 1
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:00 Workshop: new developments in the TeX world
  • 14:00 UK-TUG AGM
  • 15:00 Talk session 2
  • 16:30 Close

As always, the exact schedule remains flexible, and will be decided by those present on the day, but we will not start talks before 11 am (as members often need to travel to the venue).

Notice of 2013 AGM

The 2013 UK-TUG AGM will be held on Saturday 9th November at 14:00. The meeting will take place as part of the UK-TUG Speaker meeting at Trinity
College, Oxford. The committee hope that as members as possible will be able to attend the AGM and the Speaker meeting.

Elections for the committee

The term of all committee members with the exception of the Chair expires at the end of the AGM. Anyone who wishes to stand should contact the Secretary at any time before the AGM. Most of the business of the committee is carried out electronically, so a remote location should be no barrier.

Nominations require support of a member of UK-TUG in other than the candidate themselves. This has to be received by the Secretary prior to
the formal start of the AGM. In case of difficulty in finding a member to support nomination, please contact the committee.

Note that the UK-TUG Chair is elected for a two year period, and our current Chair (Simon Dales) is half-way through his term. He therefore continues as Chair for a second year with no election required.

Motions for the AGM

Any member may submit a motion to the AGM. Motions should be sent to the Secretary, and should be received by 23:59
on Friday 25th October. Motions and supporting documentation will be circulated on Sunday 27th October. Voting on motions will be possible by proxy for members not able to attend the AGM. Full details will be given with the motions when circulated.

The annual UK-TUG Speaker Meeting and AGM will take place on Saturday, 9th November at Trinity College, Oxford, OX1 3BH. The speaker meeting will begin at around 10 am and normally runs to between 4 pm and 5 pm, depending on the number of talks presented and time required to deal with the formal AGM business. Attendance at the speaker day is free for UK-TUG members, and a light lunch will be provided.

We hope to have an exciting day of talks: the day is flexible, with only the slot for the AGM (2 pm) fixed. Members are encouraged to submit talk titles and approximate lengths for addition to the programme. For members who are unable to attend, the committee will be recording the talks again, as happened last year, and uploading them to the UK-TUG Vimeo account.

Some of the day is often devoted to discussion. A suggestion for this year is a workshop-like session on (relatively) recent developments in the TeX world such as XeTeX and LuaTeX, and perhaps also in the LaTeX world (packages such as biblatex). Depending on member feedback, this or indeed some other discussion element may be included in the programme.

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