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Formatting Information — An introduction to typesetting with LATEX

Appendix D: 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.

MarkupUK 2021

MarkupUK 2021 will take place on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd May 2021. Given the continuing global situation, the conference will take place in hybrid form: there will be a physical presence at a venue (to be confirmed asap) in London, with the option to attend virtually. Although primarily related to XML, all forms of markup are discussed.

Balisage 2021

The Balisage markup conference is the principal technical meeting specifically about markup, including XML, TEX, Markdown, and many others. Given the success of the all-virtual meeting last year, the 2021 meeting will be all virtual: all sessions, conversations, social events, and other conference-related activities will be online. The conference will take place 2–6 August.

TUG 2021

Following the very successful online meeting in 2020, the TEX Users Group 2021 meeting will also be held online, on 6–8 August via Zoom.

GuIT 2020

The GuITmeeting 2020, the 17th Italian conference on TEX, LATEX and digital typography, organized by Sissa Medialab srl of Trieste, will be held electronically on October 31, 2020. Items in final form must be sent by 18 October 2020 to Accepted articles will be published in the autumn issue of ArsTEXnica. For further details:

XML Summerschool

Although this isn’t a TEX event as such, many LATEX users also use XML, and many XML users also use LATEX, so the annual XML Summer School may be of interest. This is still scheduled to be held in St Edmund Hall, Oxford on 13–18 September 2020 but in a smaller format: a single track (Hands-on Introduction to XML plus some master classes) for a maximum of 16 people. Next year (2021) it is hoped to return as a week-long event covering everything from an introduction for the beginner up to XML in publishing, transformation with XSLT2 and XQuery, and the use of Linked Data.

ConTEXt 2020

The 14th annual ConTEXt meeting in Sibřina, Czech Republic, was in preparation as originally planned for September 6–12 but the web site has not been updated.


The Balisage markup conference is the principal technical meeting specifically about markup, including both XML and TEX. Due to current circumstances, the highly successful 2020 meeting took place virtually on July 27th to 31st, with the original one-day Symposium (The Role of XML in Publishing Accessible Documents) rolled into the main programme.

TUG 2020

Contrary to the earlier notice, the TEX Users Group 2020 did take place, very successfully, on July 24–26, using Zoom. The program and list of participants is at Although primarily related to typesetting, many aspects of LATEX are closely related to the use of XML and the handling of structured documents.

MarkupUK 2020

MarkupUK 2020, scheduled to take place at Kings College London, was replaced by a series of webinars. With half the globe in lockdown or just out of it, a physical conference for 2021 is still not an option. There's nothing stopping a webinar, however, so the series continues throughout June. The exact dates and times are yet to be determined but watch their web site for more information;