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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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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:

 

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).

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.

This year, the committee experimented with recording the Speaker Meeting talks, which are now available on our Vimeo channel. The recordings this year contain audio and slides. The experiment looks pretty successful, so next year we may try to capture the ‘live demo’ screens too!

Speaker Meeting

The annual Speaker Meeting and AGM took place yesterday. We had a mix of talks, discussion and of course the AGM. The talks were recorded: we hope to make these available soon.

Morning Session

The day began with informal discussions over coffee: there are relatively few opportunities to meet up with other TeX users, so this is an important part of the day. Turnout this year was good, and the committee were pleased that this meant the venue was full, but not so full as to mean people were turned away!

The first talk of the day came from David Carlisle, member of the LaTeX3 Project and author of the longtable package. David explained the history of the package, and how the design reflects the constraints of computers in the late 1980s. He talked about the issues this means when interacting with other packages, an in particular the challenges of bidirection and colour work with tables.

Simon Dales gave the second talk, looking at his experiences with TeX on the Raspberry Pi and using LuaTeX (on the Pi) for programming. Simon gave his talk using a live demo: there were a lot of cables on the meeting table!

The third talk of the day was an exciting event all-round, as it came live from Brazil using Skype. Paulo Cereda told us about his new TeX automation tool, arara, and how it contrasts with existing approaches such as latexmk and Rubber. Paulo has been working very hard with UK-TUG member Brent Longborough on the latest release of arara, and it was very exciting to hear about this international effort.

Afternoon session

After Paulo’s talk, lunch arrived and informal discussion got under-way again, accompanied by sandwiches.

The first talk of the afternoon was from Joseph Wright, who talked about the ‘coffins’ concept that the LaTeX3 Project have developed. Joseph focussed on the user interface layer of the work, rather than the code. This sparked a lively discussion on future directions for TeX-related development in general.

The AGM took place a 2 pm: the formal business is reported in draft minutes to members.

After the AGM, we had a second Raspberry Pi demo, this time from Jonathan Fine. Jonathan highlighted the computing power available in the Pi, and contrasted it with a PC he built from components around 10 years ago. The opportunity to develop ‘typesetting devices’ based on the Pi was a key part of the talk.

Joseph then returned to present slides from the TeX Gyre Math Project: these were given at the EuroTeX meeting last week. Joseph gave his own thoughts on the slides, and several other members also contributed to a lively discussion.

The last session of the day was taken up with discussion on some of the topics which had come up during the day. One key possibility that was raised was running a TeX graphics course, something the committee agreed to look at.

Notice of 2012 AGM

The 2012 UK-TUG AGM will be held on Saturday 20th October 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.

Election for Chair

The two-year term of office of the Chair, Alan Moon, 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 5th of October. 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 7th October and voting will close at 23:59 on Thursday 18th October.

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 at the e-mail address above, and should be received by 23:59 on Friday 5th October. Motions and supporting documentation will be circulated on Sunday 7th 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.

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