Older blog entries for cvr (starting at number 8)

MathML 3 and TeX4ht

MathML 3 is about to be formalized and going to be released as the new standard for encoding mathematics in web. It differs from the previous standard 2. The main changes that have a bearing on the functionality of TeX4ht are discussed here. Linking MathML 1 and 2 didn’t have any built in provisions to [...]

Syndicated 2010-09-02 12:30:06 from Blue Danube


We often encounter nightmarish scenario while generating final versions of a long document when one or more of the following happens: New revised versions of packages used. Smaller changes to a fewer number of pages of a long document. No change in the document, but recompiled with revised page numbers as it happens during compilation [...]

Syndicated 2010-09-01 05:07:30 from Blue Danube

The World of Don Knuth

I was often astounded by the tastes, particularly the choice of literary works and movies of Don Knuth who is a mathematician and computer scientist by training and profession. Most of the computer scientists I know are wary of reading anything outside their realm of knowledge. If you tell them anything about existentialism or postmodern [...]

Syndicated 2010-08-30 06:23:52 from Blue Danube

Write registers in TeX

Prolog The io registers in TeX are often a matter of severe limitation. When we try to typeset a document that loads a lot of packages, it becomes a non-trivial task to satisfy register requirements of various packages that compete each other. It is further complicated, if refining the typeset copy involves usage of more [...]

Syndicated 2010-08-26 07:07:05 from Blue Danube

Plain TeX and TeX4ht

If you try to generate html version of your plain TeX document using a combination of pdfTeX and TeX4ht, you will find terrible mismatches and html version will not be generated. The reason for the problem is TeX4ht needs a dvi output from which it extracts the html while pdfTeX generates a pdf by default. [...]

Syndicated 2010-08-21 10:38:54 from Blue Danube

My Dreams

I have two dreams — one is the sustainable community and the other is an autobiographical manual of TeX programming. Ever since I got a job in the federal shipping ministry at Delhi in 1973, I have been aggressively campaigning for the formation of a commune (similar to a Kibbutz in Israel) among my friends, [...]

Syndicated 2010-08-01 15:40:29 from Blue Danube

Ten Years in River Valley

On July 17, 2010, we had a small function in the afternoon to honour twenty six of our staff members who have put in more than ten years of service in this company. They were presented with mementos, granted extra increments to their salaries and several staff members felicitated them. The occasion was graced by [...]

Syndicated 2010-07-31 14:36:14 from Blue Danube

Plans for a Sustainable Community

The core objective The most important aim of our sustainable community is to recreate the human support network, the great advantage of our old joint family system which faded away with the advent of nuclear family. We want to bring it back to suit modern day living where freedom and execution of one’s freewill assume [...]

Syndicated 2010-07-31 10:34:08 from Blue Danube

How to fill the rest of the page with horizontal rules?

This was a posting in the texhax mailing list of TeX Users Group. Among all, Phil Taylor s solution seemed to be the best. I have extended to fill arbitrary vertical remaining space in a page in the following manner: \newdimen\spaceleft \def\pagespace{% \ifdim\pagetotal=0pt \spaceleft=\vsize \else \spaceleft=\pagegoal \advance\spaceleft by-\pagetotal \fi} \def\fillWithLines{\null{}\pagespace\vbox to \spaceleft {\xleaders \vbox to [...]

Syndicated 2010-01-11 14:38:14 from Blue Danube

New Advogato Features

New HTML Parser: The long-awaited libxml2 based HTML parser code is live. It needs further work but already handles most markup better than the original parser.

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If you're a C programmer with some spare time, take a look at the mod_virgule project page and help us with one of the tasks on the ToDo list!