Category Archives: Software

Which is more important: Open source or open standards?

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I have been an advocate of open source software most of my working life. The benefits are well known, namely: Continue reading

A tribute to Hermann Zapf

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I have just heard the sad news that Hermann Zapf, one of the greatest type designers, passed away today. If the name “Zapf” rings a bell, that is because he designed Zapf Chancery, Zapf Dingbats, and the beautifully flowing Zapfino with the myriad typographic variations. Continue reading

Category: TeX, Typography

The blind physicist

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I was proud that the Council of Science Editors (CSE) asked me to host a panel to discuss a rather specialized subject, namely the techniques for typesetting mathematical content, at the upcoming conference in Philadelphia. I was happy to accept the request and you can see details of my panel near the top of this page. Continue reading

Category: Accessibilty, XML

A look at papers published by Frontiers

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This is the second in my series of evaluating open access publishers who have the good sense to make the XML as well as their PDFs of their documents available. To emphasize why I am doing this, I support open access, and I particularly advocate the publication of XML, which is supposed to be the definitive version of an article. Continue reading

Category: Publishing, XML

A look at the new journal style at PLOS

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I came across this post by Peter Murray-Rust, who spotted an error in the XML of a PLOS One paper. It might seem like a small point but is actually important. PLOS are one of the few publishers who publish papers in multiple formats, including PDF and XML. This is to be applauded and all publishers should be doing this. Continue reading

Category: Publishing, TeX, XML

Amazing capability coming in PhotoShop

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Our company is based around free software, so we are not fans of Adobe, who have become money-grabbers like M***Soft, but your jaw will drop at the capability they have built into the next version of PhotoShop. “Content-aware” fill makes up parts of the image that were never there. If you can’t wait for your jaw to drop, forward to around 2:40 on video. Continue reading

Category: Software

Live broadcast of TUG 2009

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tug2009-liveI am broacasting TUG 2009 live from Indiana. Click here.
(Update: broadcast is over…)

Category: TeX, Work

Looking good for open software

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linuxFast on the heals of the US government taking a good look at using free, open software in place of proprietary software, the UK government has followed suit. This is great news. Let’s hope this sets a trend and gives a big shock to software vendors who have been fleecing the citizen, and reducing their freedom at the same time!

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Don’t type, Swype

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swype1Here is an innovative way to input text on touchscreens. The guys who brought us T9, the predictive text input method now on most mobile phones, have now come up with a new way of entering words without lifting the finger or stylus off the screen. The computer will guess which word we are trying to type. I look forward to trying it out on the iPhone when it is released.

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Evernote

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evernote1I have just discovered Evernote which is a great application for filing anything from ideas to pictures to business cards. You have to see it to believe it. I recommend you look at the introductory video on their site. It works particularly well in conjunction with the iPhone camera. Here is what has been most useful for me: Continue reading

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