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Formatting Information — An introduction to typesetting with LATEX

Appendix C: User Groups

Section 1: Conferences and meetings

TUG and many other user groups hold annual meetings where members, newcomers, and visitors can hear about new features, discuss developments, and learn about TEX, typography, and related topics. Full details of TUG-sponsored meetings are on the TUG web site.

This list is maintained by the author, based on public announcements in mailing lists, web forums, and newsgroups. If you have details of a meeting which is not shown here, please contact me. Previous meetings which have taken place are also included here for the record.

ConTEXt 2023

The 17th International ConTEXt meeting will be held on September 10-16th, 2023, in Prague-Sibřina, Czech Republic.

Future of Text vol IV

The fourth annual Symposium on the Future of Text will be held in London (and online) on the 4th of October 2023. This is to announce ‘The Future of Text’ Vol IV which is now open for proposals (see below).

This year we are focusing on text to extend cognition in extended environments, from paper in notebooks to reams of paper across tables and onto walls, with screens, projections and head mounted devices, interacted with directly as well as through AI.

If you are able to attend on the day in London, please contact as soon as possible so that your name can be on the door for the venue.

You may choose to propose an article for the book, a presentation for the symposium or both.

Declarative Amsterdam 5

The fifth edition of Declarative Amsterdam will take place on 2 and 3 November 2023 at the Science Park, Amsterdam. It will be a hybrid conference with the opportunity to attend live or online, for both attendees and presenters.

Declarative techniques are a style of computing that expresses the purpose of computation without describing its control flow. It allows you to focus on the ‘what’, rather than the ‘how’. While the conference is mainly focused on XML and related technologies, much of the underlying principle holds true for the LATEX user interface also.

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Balisage 2023

Balisage is the premier conference on the theory, practice, design, development, and application of markup. We solicit papers on any aspect of markup and its uses, including XML, XSLT, xQuery, JSON, TEX, Markdown, and many others. The conference will run from 31 July to 4 August, and will be virtual again this year, so local watch-parties are encouraged.

Many aspects of LATEX markup are closely related to the use of XML markup and the handling of structured documents.

TUG 2023

Following the very successful online meetings of past years, the TEX Users Group 2023 meeting will take place at the Hotel Collegium Leoninum, Noeggerathstrasse 34, 53111 Bonn, Germany from July 14–16, with a Tagged PDF developers’ workshop on July 13; physically if possible but the conference will be streamed.

DANTE 2023

The 65th annual meeting of the Deutschsprachige Anwendervereinigung TEX e.V. (DANTE) will take place on July 13, 2023 in Bonn (, immediately prior to item ‘TUG 2023’ above.

MarkupUK 2023

MarkupUK 2023: although primarily related to XML, all forms of markup are discussed. From 2022, Markup UK and XML Prague will be held in alternate years, starting with XML Prague. We are looking forward to meeting you in June 2022 in Prague and on 1–3 June 2023 at the Mile End campus of Queen Mary University of London.

GuIT 2023

The GuIT meeting 2023, the 19th Italian conference on TEX, LATEX and digital typography, will be held in Rome on May 20, 2023. For further details:

BachoTEX 2023

Jerzy Ludwichowski writes: The war in Ukraine is raging still, but none the less we decided to organize BachoTEX 2023, and to make up for the lost time by keeping the same theme as the cancelled 2020 conference, “A model kit: modeling and implementing text typesetting in TEX and other systems”. The dates are from 29th of April until 3rd of May, 2023, at Bachotek near Brodnica, in the north-east of Poland. Registrations will be announced separately as soon as possible.

BachoTEX 2022

Once again the Polish Grupa Użytkowników Systemu TEX (GUST) Board and the BachoTEX conference Organizing Committee decided to call it off because of the returning dangerous waves of SARS-CoV-2 infections.

Those of you who have been to Bachotek know that one of the main strengths of our conferences is the proximity of dozens like minded people during several days of intensive work and discussions, with almost no ways for evasion. This creates an environment for generating new ideas, gaining knowledge effortlessly as if by inhaling and — last but not least — supporting friendships. Citing Bogusław Jackowski: “ideas are created between heads”.

Unfortunately such physical conditions in the times of an epidemic are a serious weakness. Just try to imagine problems with even one case of an infection in such conditions...

For the future: BachoTEX in 2023 will be, on standard dates, with the same leading theme as for 2020, “A model kit: modeling and implementing text typesetting in TEX and other systems”. Keep fingers crossed!

Balisage 2022

The Balisage markup conference is the principal technical meeting specifically about markup, including XML, TEX, Markdown, and many others. The 2022 meeting will be held August 1–5. We don’t yet know if it will be all virtual or hybrid, with some in-person component(s).

TUG 2022

Following the very successful online meetings in 2020 and 2021, the TEX Users Group 2022 meeting will also be held online, on 20–24 July via Zoom, under the auspices of the University of Adelaide, Australia.