Prompted by my friend Jan Hlavacek, I have compiled a list of recent and exciting developments in the TeX world. Good reads inculde
- The TeX Family in 2009, by Jim Hefferon and Karl Berry, Notices of the AMS March 2009.
- What Is New in Latex? by G. Grätzer. I. Breaking Free, Notices AMS Jan 2009. II. TeX Implementations, Evolution or Revolution? Notices AMS May 2009. III. Formatting References Notices AMS Sept 2009.
- beamer (see post)
- posters (see post)
- XeTeX (see post)
- LaTeX markup in wikipedia and google docs (see post)
- luatex, combining the lua language and TeX
- pgf, a TeX macro package for generating graphics
- The LaTeX3 project, a long-term research project to develop the next version of the LaTeX typesetting system (currently at LaTeX2e).
- Support for BiBTeX in some journals (e.g., the APS, the AMS). And, on the WoK, which must be quite recent (I have just noticed).
- mplib (Mmmh, couldn’t find anything about this…).
Prompted by Jan:
- luatex has a (shortish) wikipedia entry.
- MPLib is an extended MetaPost library module. There is some info at the luatex site, but a wikipedia entry has not been written (go write one yourself!). MetaPost does have an entry.
- Very exciting developments in fonts (both related to luatex):
- The Ipe drawing editor. Looks very nice – to tell the truth, I am still struggling with inkscape, which looks incredibly powerful.
And, some stuff I’ve discovered on my own: