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Formatting Information — An introduction to typesetting with LATEX

Appendix C: User Groups

Section 1: Conferences and training 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.

Upcoming
DANTE 2024

The 65th annual meeting of the Deutschsprachige Anwendervereinigung TEX e.V. (DANTE) will take place in Ilmtal-Weinstrasse (https://www.dante.de/veranstaltungen/dante2024/).

Annual conference of the Association of European Printing Museums 2024

“Printing Museums and the Arts of Survival” – from 23rd to 25th May 2024 the TYPA centre in Tartu, Estonia is hosting the annual conference of the Association of European Printing Museums (AEPM) which brings together print museums, print artists, researchers and enthusiasts from across Europe and on a global scale. Over three days conversations, lessons and exchanges will contribute to the active survival and exchange of knowledge in the field of graphic heritage. https://www.aepm.eu/aepm-2024/

XML Prague 2024

XML Prague 2024 will take place 6–8 June 2024 in the University of Economics, nam. W. Churchilla 4, 130 67 Prague 3, Czech Republic.

Markup UK and XML Prague are held in alternate years, at this year it’s XML Prague’s turn. We are looking forward to meeting you in June 2024 in Prague and in 2025 in London.

Balisage 2024

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, LATEX, Markdown, and many others (paper submissions due 5 April 2024). The conference will run from 29 July to 2 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 2024

Following the very successful online meetings of past years, the TEX Users Group 2024 meeting will take place in Prague (Czech Republic), summer 2024, with Tom Hejda leading the local organization. We are still in the early stages of planning the meeting. When available, dates and all else will be posted at http://tug.org/tug2024 and other usual places.

Many XML users also use LATEX for their formatting via XSLT, so there are important areas of overlap in terms of facilities.
TEI Conference 2024

The Text Encoding Initiative represents the accepted standard XML format for literary and historical texts in the Humanities. The TEI 2024 Conference will be held in the Universidad del Salvador, Buenos Aires, Argentina from 7-11 October 2024. Pre-conference workshops will run on the 7-8 October, with the conference opening and running for the 9-11 October.

Many TEI users also use LATEX via XSLT for creating PDF.

Done and dusted
Face/Interface 2023

The meeting takes place December 1 and December 2 at Stanford. The topic Global Type Design and Human-Computer Interaction is about non-Latin typography and more, with Chuck Bigelow as the keynote speaker. The event is free, but pre-registration is required at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/faceinterface-global-type-design-and-human-computer-interaction-tickets-720692238887 (list of talks is also on that page). We do not know if the conference will be streamed or recorded.

GUTenberg 2023

The next GUT annual meeting will take place on November 18 in Paris, with a day of talks and discussions. Details at https://framaforms.org/inscription-a-la-journee-gutenberg-2023-du-18-novembre-2023-1695645002.

Libres écritures numériques

On 16 November 2023, in Lyon (France), a workshop will be held (in French) focusing on people who choose their tools carefully when writing or manipulating text. Tools such as LATEX, Markdown, HTML, XML-TEI, and the myriad scripting languages. Registration is required. Schedule of talks and more information: https://www.ixxi.fr/agenda/seminaires/libres-ecritures-numeriques This workshop will be streamed and recorded.

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.

The first day will feature tutorials, combining presentations and hands-on sessions to give an introduction to specific topics. The second day will be a symposium, with shorter presentations. Speakers can discuss new ideas, frameworks, applications of declarative methods, and best practices.

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.

Declarative Amsterdam will have presentations on past experiences, current trends and future perspectives in fields such as functional programming, declarative data modelling, databases, XML and related technologies, JSON, CSS, semantic web, data science, data visualization, grammars, parsing, and domain-specific languages.

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 mailto:frode@hegland.com 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.

ConTEXt 2023

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

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 (https://www.dante.de/veranstaltungen/dante2023/), immediately prior to item ‘TUG 2023’ below.

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: https://www.guitex.org/home/en/meeting.

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.

Training courses and consultancies are also listed in the current issue of TUGboat.

Training courses and consultancies

Character and higher-level encoding

The Sanskrit Library offers a course, “UT102. Character and higher-level encoding.” A prerequisite is advanced competency in Sanskrit, fluency reading Devanagari script, and regular access to a computer and basic computer use skills. Date and time: 9–11am US Central time, 20 January – 4 May 2024, except 23 March. See https://sanskritlibrary.org/courses/ut102.html.

The Complete XML Developer

The Complete XML Developer runs from 26 February to 1st March and covers XPath, XSLT, XQuery, and XML Databases. It is taught in-person, and attendees will follow a hands-on approach to ultimately develop a complete XML Application over the course of the week. The full course outline is available at https://evolvedbinary.com/training/the-complete-xml-developer_training-course-outline.pdf and the sessions are held at the Wellcome Collection, Euston Road, London.

XML Summerschool 2024

The annual XML Summer School is scheduled to be held in St Edmund Hall, Oxford from Sunday 15th to Friday 20th September 2024. The schedule includes a 1–day Primer for complete beginners, a 3–day Hands-on Introduction, and 2–day sessions on XForms and XSLT/XQuery.

Although this isn’t a TEX event as such, many LATEX users also use XML, and many XML users also use LATEX, so there is a strong crossover in terms of declarative markup.

Delightful Computing

Courses are live but online, or can be on site for a course with a venue available and at least six participants.

  • XSLT: Two to Three - three intense days covering the differences in XPath and XSLT since version 2. Now includes some notes on XSLT 4.

  • XSLT Booster - for people who have used XSLT 1 but not 2, or who are rusty on XSLT 2, this gives a one-day or half-day step up.

  • CSS for XML People - three days, topics include CSS for Print, CSS for Web, Web accessibility, and more.

Custom (bespoke) courses, e.g. introductions to DocBook or to XSLT, can be half-day up to a full week.

Discounts for advance booking, for more than three people from the same organisation, and yes, barefoot discount, since people always ask for it! on request.

XML for Humanists

Consulting and training in XML technologies for digital humanists and librarians. Events can be scheduled on request to David Maus at Digital Humanities Publishing https://dmaus.name.