Preparation for the release of TeX Live 2016 have started some time ago with the freeze of updates in TeX Live 2015. Yesterday we announced the official start of the pretest period. That means that we invite people to test the new release and help fixing bugs. At the same time I have uploaded the first set of packages of […]
I have made a new release of , the script that searches for all kind of CJK fonts, and makes them available to Ghostscript (and if asked for also to TeX by linking). The update has been uploaded to CTAN (link) and it will land in TeX Live within the next days. Changes made in this version are mostly related […]
Tomorrow the Japanese TeX User Meeting 2015 will be held in Tokyo. Since I have come to Japan I have attended more or less every year this meeting, and in 2013 we could get the (international) TeX User Group Meeting to Tokyo and had a joint conference TUG 2013, which was a great success. (update 2015-11-09: slides added at the […]
Now that OSX 10.11 El Capitan is released and everyone is eagerly updating, in cooperation with the colleagues from the Japanese TeX world we have released new versions of the jfontmaps and cjk-gs-integrate packages. With these two packages in TeX Live, El Capitan users can take advantage of the newly available fonts in the Japanese TeX engines ((u)ptex et al), […]
After a year without a release we finally pushed out a new version of the Japanese font maps. The main addition is support for the fonts shipped in the upcoming El Capitan OSX release, which brings a whole new set of Hiragino fonts, most of them in Truetype collections. The update is available from CTAN and will be in TeX […]
Just a few days ago another great font designer has passed away, Adrian Frutiger, 24 May 1928 — 10 September 2015. Famous in particular for his fonts Frutiger, Avenir, and the Univers family. His fonts are used throughout the worlds for visual communication like road signs. Much has been written about him: Linotype’s excellent obituary, Adam Twardoch, David Airey, New […]
The URW Base35 fonts are a great set of fonts, available for free as in free software. They have been part of various distributions and systems since long time. Big thanks to URW for their work. But these fonts don’t have Cyrillic or Greek glyphs. Be it as it is, world would be easy. People would need to use different […]
Last weekend Hermann Zapf, one of the greatest font designers and typographers of our times, has passed away at the age of 96. Much has been written about his life, his immense sphere of influence, his excellent typefaces, and some of the links to other obituaries can be found here at the end. There is nothing of value I can […]
I have been experiencing crazy switches in my fonts displayed in the browser, in applications, etc. In particular, stuff written in Japanese was displayed with Chinese characters instead of Japanese. The differences are subtle, but they are there: The problem in my case, but maybe in others, was a that by default Droid Sans Fallback font was used, which contains […]
After the bit , we continue this tutorial on writing Japanese in LaTeX today with a bit more hands-on practice, namely writing simple hello-world-style documents for different engines/packages. Today’s part will also include a bit on how to setup your TeX environment using TeX Live to work with Japanese documents.
After the very brief introduction to Japanese typesetting and the available options in the , let us now dive into some technical explanations concerning character sets and encodings. In this blog post we will discuss character sets and encodings, something one has to think about already when using non-ASCII characters in e.g. European languages, but even more when writing Japanese […]
For Japanese people it might be obvious and easy how to write Japanese documents in LaTeX, and there are many pages (in Japanese) explaining details. But for the foreigner who is able to read and write a bit (especially with the computer), and needs to prepare handouts or slides in Japanese (like I have to do for my lectures), the […]
Nowadays the eBooks market contributes a ever growing share to publishers revenue. According to the BookStats report 2013, it constitutes about 20% of the whole book market in the US (source: Association of American Publishers News). But it seems that many of the publishers just jumped onto the ebook train, and ship out ebooks in hurry. I have seen many […]
Publish or Perish is a well known phrase describing the life of us scientists at the university – publish as much and as quickly as possible, or you perish! Many things have been written about the insufficiencies of this concept, many of the most famous mathematicians would have dropped out (been thrown out?) of their scientific career. But today I […]
I often post about TeX and related things, updates of Debian packages, support programs etc. This time I want to present a nice project that exhibits the power and versatility of TeX and its relatives: Setting musical scores using Lilypond and LaTeX, and in this case about a new edition of Oskar Fried’s songs.