TeX at iX and heise

The iX recently published a LaTeX tutorial. Quick reviews are on

At this occasion, some recent and older articles from heise and iX, in German:

Why do I mention it? Because it’s interesting to read about TeX and LaTeX in general IT media, and comments by IT people can be quite entertaining, such as the usual rants of guys who used LaTeX fifteen or more years ago and still complain about old stuff without having seen how it developed in the meantime.

Short Math Guide on CTAN

The Short Math Guide for LaTeX is now available on CTAN. It has been significantly updated, contains more up-to-date information and additional notes such as about discouraged syntax and new recommendations. From 17 pages it grew to 21 pages. Furthermore, the source code of the document is now available. It covers all math basics and is a very efficient guide for the smart reader.

Here you can find it: https://ctan.org/pkg/short-math-guide

News: TUG membership in 2017

The rates for electronic membership (TUGboat and TeX software online, no paper/DVD) decreased: it’s now $15 for students, seniors and TeX friends from countries with modest economies, and $45 for regular (electronic) membership, both early bird until March 31, 2017.

By joining now, you can directly be part of and support the TUG TeX activities. You know,

  • Maintaining and developing the TeX Live distribution, that is also the base of MacTeX
  • Yearly international TeX conferences
  • The TUGboat journal
  • Supporting projects, such as LaTeX3, CTAN, LuaTeX and MetaPost and font creation

What do you think? Like to comment here, or on my blog post?

It’s all up to us: http://tug.org/join.html

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Exporting from LyX to MS Word and LibreOffice

Julien Dutand has written a tutorial about how to export from LyX to MS Word Office XML format (.docx) and LibreOffice OpenDocument (.odt) with bibliography, almost out of the box. It requires a rather new version of LyX (2.1 and above) and the pandoc document converter. The article provides detailed installation instructions, and troubleshooting steps. Once it’s set up, it’s just clicking to Export in the main menu. Very handy!

Another part of the article deals with encoding and gives advice for exporting documents with bibliographies, and explains using bibliography styles with citation style language (CSL) format.

Here is the article: LyX Tutorial: export .docx or .odt with bibliography.

TeX on-line documentation

On PCs, tablets and smart-phones you can easily access TeX manuals and documentation via a web site: TeXdoc.net.

What does it provide?

  • Keyword search with auto-completion as you type, listing all matches
  • OpenSearch for browsers with a search engine toolbar
  • Documentation sorted in categories by topic
  • Accessing TeX documentation even without having TeX installed
  • Reading TeX documentation on any PDF capable device with a web browser, such as a smart-phone.
  • Newest documentation even if your PC has an older TeX version
  • Reading a package manual before installing it
  • Easy-to-remember standardized link syntax http://texdoc.net/pkg/<packagename>
  • Forums, such as LaTeX-Community.org and goLaTeX.de have buttons and BBCode tags for linking keywords (package names) to the corresponding documentation

Recently it got an update: read more.