[NTG-pdftex] DANTE 2006

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Sat Mar 11 22:35:09 CET 2006


Hi,
for all of you who had not the opportunity to come to Berlin, here is
a short summary of pdfTeX related talks.

Till Tantau, the author of beamer, held a talk about TikZ (a frontend
to pgf, the portable graphics format) which is a very powerful macro
package to prepare inline graphics in latex/plain/context documents.

Currently pgf does all calculations in tex, which is quite limited.
He is looking forward to make use of LuaTeX in the future.  He expects
that trigonometric functions will be about hundred times faster then,
and TikZ will be more powerful as it is today.

Jonathan Kew gave an impressive demonstration of XeTeX.  Though it
runs on Mac OS/X systems at the moment only, he plans to port it to
Linux and maybe Windows so that it can be part of TeXLive-2006.

He said that both, XeTeX and pdfTeX, are moving targets at the moment,
but he is thinking about merging them in the future. 

Yannis Haralambous held a talk with the title "Implementing OpenType
and textemes into Omega".  He already talked about it in
Pont-a-Mousson, see:

  http://www.dante.de/dante/events/eurotex/papers/MOT02.pdf

The good news is that he intends to present the pre-processor as a
stand-alone program providing XML output at the EuroTeX 2006.

Martin held a talk with the title "pdfTeX - gestern, heute, morgen"
("pdfTeX - yesterday, today, tomorrow") but I think there is no need
to go into detail on this mailing list.

Martin and Hartmut will hopefully tell you everything I forgot.

Regards,
  Reinhard

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