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Publications by topic: LaTeX2e Concepts and Design

Creating document commands: The good, the bad and the ugly


\NewDocumentCommand versus \newcommand versus . . .


The LaTeX release workflow and the LaTeX dev formats



TUG Conference 2019 (Palo Alto, USA)

Taming UTF-8 in pdfTeX (handouts)

To understand the concepts in pdflatex for processing UTF-8 encoded files it is helpful to first take a look at the models used by the TeX engine and earlier attempts made by LaTeX on top of TeX. The talk provides a short historical review of that area and gives an overview about the improvements with respect to UTF-8 handling that will be activated in LaTeX within 2019.




From the TUG Conference 2018 (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Compatibility in the LaTeX world (handouts)

In this talk I take a look at the major disruptions that have rocked the LaTeX world in the past decades and how we handled them, covering some of the resulting consequences.

In the latest part of this saga a rollback concept for the LaTeX kernel was introduced (around 2015). Providing this feature allowed us to make corrections to the software (which more or less didn’t happen for nearly two decades) while continuing to maintain backward compatibility to the highest degree.

I will give some explanation on how we have now extended this concept to the world of packages and classes which was not covered initially. As the classes and the extension packages have different requirements compared to the kernel, the approach is different (and simplified). This should make it easy for package developers to apply it to their packages and authors to use when necessary.




From the TUG Conference 2010 (San Francisco, USA)

A brief history of LaTeX — with a prediction




From the TUG Conference 2008 (Cork, Irland)

Windows of opportunity: A (biased) personal history of two decades of LaTeX development — Are there lessons to be learned?



Interview of Frank Mittelbach – A combined interview of the LaTeX Project director



From the twentieth annual ACM symposium on Principles of distributed computing in 2001 (Newport, Rhode Island, USA)

The LaTeX Legacy



LaTeX2e encoding interfaces

A presentation held at Brno about the encoding interfaces that LaTeX offers. It discusses the various issues related to input and output encodings.


TUG Conference 1989 (Stanford, USA)

With LaTeX into the Nineties

The paper of the talk given at the 1989 conference in Stanford that started the LaTeX project.



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