# Digital Typography News

A blog exclusively devoted to digital typography

## WriteLaTeX!

A friend of mine tweeted about a new site that allows people to prepare their LaTeX files online! The site is called writeLaTeX and it is free to everyone. From what I have seen, one cannot prepare XeLaTeX documents. Well,  I believe it would not be that difficult to modify the page so to allow people prepare XeLaTeX documents.

February 14th, 2013 at 10:53 pm

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## GMailTeX

GMailTeX is a new browser-addon (works with all browsers!) that allows users to enter ordinary TeX/LaTeX commands in their e-mail messages (OK you are supposed to use GMail!) that are rendered as inline or display math text. Very useful tool!

July 21st, 2012 at 1:08 pm

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## The Computer Science of TeX and LaTeX

Victor Eijkhout has written a book that is available online and is called The Computer Science of TeX and LaTeX. The book is very interesting as it discusses various “advanced” topics in computer science while it uses TeX and LaTeX as teaching vehicles.

April 28th, 2012 at 4:23 pm

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## MathJax

MathJax is a relatively new web technology that allows people to easily add mathematical content into their web documents. For example, the following display

\begin{align}
\dot{x} & = \sigma(y-x) \\
\dot{y} & = \rho x – y – xz \\
\dot{z} & = -\beta z + xy
\end{align}

was generated by adding the following code into the web content

\begin{align}
\dot{x} & = \sigma(y-x) \\
\dot{y} & = \rho x - y - xz \\
\dot{z} & = -\beta z + xy
\end{align}

That’s simply great! People willing to add mathematical content into their wordpress blogs, should check out the MathJax-LaTeX page.

July 2nd, 2011 at 11:27 pm

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## An interesting book about a typeface and its use

Last February, an interesting book was published entitled “Helvetica and the New York City Subway System: The True (Maybe) Story” by Scott-Martin Kosofsky. The book is about how the Helvertica typeface took over the New York subway.  It seems that very few have anticipated the impact of typefaces in our lives!

May 15th, 2011 at 2:57 pm

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## An exercise in OCR

Suppose you want to use a symbol in your LaTeX document, but you don’t know the corresponding LaTeX command, then you can use the following URL:

http://detexify.kirelabs.org/classify.html

Just draw the symbol and presto the system will show you a number of commands that produce a symbol that looks like the symbol you have drawn! Kudos to the people who have created this web page!

April 3rd, 2011 at 8:57 pm

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## New Issue of Eutypon

The new issue of Eutypon has been published and it is available from our web site. In fact, this is a double issue―it includesissues 24 and 25. Happy reading!!!

February 11th, 2011 at 6:29 pm

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It is widely believed that programming is a difficult mental task that not everyone can perform. Nevertheless, books like “Head First Programming“, by Paul Barry and David Griffiths, are a testimony that programming is for (almost) everyone. In principle, a programming language is an artificial language designed to express solutions to problems that directly or indirectly are mathematical in nature. Thus, everyone can learn to program, provided he/she has some elementary mathematical maturity. In different words, everyone who is familiar with basic mathematical notions, can learn to program. The real problem is how to convince one that he or she is capable of doing some great things with a computer?

I am  not a novice programmer, but after reading some chapters and skimming through the rest of the book, I dare to say this is a book every newcomer should consider studying. The book has been published by O’Reilly on December 2009 and costs £38.50 or 40€, or \$49.99.

May 19th, 2010 at 4:29 pm

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## Book on XeLaTeX

It is my please to announce the publication of  “Ψηφιακή Τυπογραφία με το XeLaTeX“, which is published by Epikentro Publications.

May 6th, 2010 at 5:16 pm

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