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• #### Re:Sizes changeable? (Score:1)

Any way to change those sizes from the European standard

I think you mean "International Standard" - that is what "ISO A4" means.

Perhaps if the US fell into line with the rest of the world . . . .

Wishful thinking, I know.

• #### Re:Ahh, TeX strings on T shirts (Score:1)

Oh, boy. Call me dense, but can someone please translate the above? Yes, programming in Visual Basic has decayed my brain. :)
• #### Re:Count me In!!! (Score:1)

Well...did you see the HTML 4.0 compliant icon? It's actually a GIF, and comes directly from the W3C.
• #### spooky ... (Score:1)

Is this a late halloween surprise? I just got spam from bmg music [mailto] (of which ive never been a member) selling y2k calendars ...
• #### So, where's the site??? (Score:1)

It looks like the site is running high and dry due to the slashdot effect... Time to look on google for a cached copy.
• #### Re:Sizes changeable? (Score:1)

Oh come on. Do we really need a standard for everything under the sun? Cant we relish in the sense of individuality our custom sized paper brings us? Do we have to conform with the rest of the world on the "proper" size of paper when we can't even get our measurements figured out? Sheesh...
• #### Variant terminology? (Score:1)

I know the "nabla" (aka "atled") symbol as "del", not the "partial" symbol.

Idea for poll: correct name of upside-down triangle is:

a. upside-down triangle.
b. atled
c. nabla
d. del
e. grad / div / ..., depending how you use it
• #### Paste-up boy picks a nit.... (Score:2)

Please, please don't confuse typesetting (which is what TeX does) with layout (which TeX doesn't do, AFAIK).

These are two very different things, and given that my job frequently revolves around layout, I don't appreciate being confused for a typesetter.

Good definitions would be too long for here, but basically typesetting is concerned with the appearance and formatting of text and textual elements (like equations). Layout is concerned with the arrangement of graphic elements and _blocks_ of text, which have already been typeset.

True, the lines are blurring now that both typesetting and layout are computerized, but for the sake of helping me to avoid boring typsetting work, please use these two terms properly ;)
• #### I'm confused. Why? (Score:1)

by Anonymous Coward

One: TeX is pretty useful if you're a grad student in Math or CS.

Two: Knuth wrote some pretty cool books.

Three: But that doesn't mean that TeX is really all that sexy. I mean, it typesets text. There's a whole crowd that walks around feeling superior because their ligatures and kerning make for slightly improved readablity when using a serif font. These are the same people who hogged the Apple II in your elementary school so they could print banners in Print Shop that said, "Smith Elementary School." Trust me, that time would have been better spent playing Kareteka.

Four: Now you're proposing I send in money...

Five: ...in a currency most Slashdotters won't have...

Six: ...to some German dude who's going to just print out something on his DeskJet?

Seven: Also, you just got tricked into advertising somebody else's product for free. (The little Angel on my shoulder (who looks sort of like Stallman) is saying, "It should have been released under the GPL!") Somebody got played.

Eight: And it's not even a T-shirt!

• #### for once it is easier for germans (Score:1)

Not only americans get to pay 16DM postage but you need to pay in DM. no credit card. that means international mail order, which as far as i know implies more cost.

They may be y2k compliant but i do not see anywhere a price tag in euro...

Laurent
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• #### Re:So its a math-nerd thing then? (Score:1)

TeX/LaTeX allows you to write stuff you have never dreamt of like
\xygraph{

[]*++[o][F=]{\omega}
:^c[uurr]*++[o][F]{\omega,(c,aa)}:@(ur,ul)^a[rrr]* ++[o][F]{(a,ac),(ca,a)}:@(d,r)_a[dll]*++ [o][F]{(aa,c),\omega}:^c"\omega"
:^c[ddrr]*++[o][F]{(c,aa),\omega}:@(dr,dl)^a[rrr]* ++[o][F]{(ca,a),(a,ac)}:@(u,r)_a[ull]*++ [o][F]{\omega,(aa,c)}:^c"\omega"
:_b[ddll]*++[o][F]{\omega,(b,a)}:_a[ul]*++[o][F]{( a,b),\omega}:_b"\omega"
:_b[uull]*++[o][F]{(b,a),\omega}:_a[dl]*++[o][F]{\ omega,(a,b)}:_b"\omega"
}

Which produces this beautiful graph [altern.org] (thanks to latex2html for making the gif). It would look less cryptic if slashdot recognized the <PRE> html tag too. Indentation does help us human beings.
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• #### Re:Sizes changeable? (Score:1)

Hey, while you're at it, don't miss the chance to b*tch about the weeks beginning with the "wrong" day, i.e. Monday. Perhaps a calendar needs to be localized before being sold all over the world? Ah, the wonders of I18N. ;^)
• #### A mirror (Score:2)

I have a local [cmu.edu] copy for those who want it.
• #### Re:DM??? (Score:1)

Ok, it seems to be pretty much agreed on that it is ~$20.00 US? Right? So that would be, like,$53,573.00 Canadian?
• #### Printed on demand? (Score:3)

on Monday November 01, 1999 @06:33PM (#1571192) Homepage
Printing on demand, to me means, for instance, tex foo.tex'' followed by dvips foo.dvi''. Where is the TeX source? How about a calendar of which you can roll your own DVI, adjusted to whatever paper size you wish, featuring unencumbered images? Who cares about Bibby drawings? Maybe some nice mathematical formulas, graphs and diagrams would do instead. ;) Or each page featuring some different area of typesetting that one can engage in: music, organic chemistry, mathematics, Klingon, etc. Or some way out there things done up in MetaPost.

I guess we have two months to cook up a freeware TeX calendar.
• #### Re:Limited Edition? (Score:1)

That is the most hilarious thing I have seen all day, and I don't know why.
• #### Re:DM??? (Score:1)

Another minor correction:

DM 1.863 might be USD 1, but USD 1 buys you DM 0.537866.

Hence, DM 36 is USD 19.36 =)

OK, that was pedantic, I admit it.

yahoo [yahoo.com] has a nice exchange rate table/calculator that often comes in handy!

-W
• #### Re:And where would we be.. (Score:1)

Thats how its spelled on their website...
• #### What the FUCK are you guys talking about? (Score:1)

I pride myself on being relatively hip to most of the articles that are posted to Slashdot. Heck, I even often read 'em on memepool before they make it over here. And its not like I'm not hep to some of the other more obscure programming languages out there - I've played with Haskell, and I even know a few Clean tricks. (Okay, so I abhor Perl, but is that so bad? At least I can make awk do its thing, and I'm a C programmer by trade.)

But in this particular case, I have *no* idea what the hell is the big deal. Sure, I know TEX is that monster publishing engine, and yeah, I've rotely clicked the install a few times during a Linux-install-a-thon, with perfectly good intentions to check it and its source tarball out one of these days.

But what is the big deal about a calendar?

Please, oh guru's of text-language fantasia, please enlighten me. What's the big deal here, folks? I just don't get it.

Umm... wait a minute. I just realized that I could just click the link and find out for myself.

But you know what? Okay, okay, I'll admit it. To be totally honest here, TEX scares me. I mean, it *scares* me. I don't wanna have to learn it to do fancy BOFH-style user manuals. Since when does typing 'make' to make a correction to a document feel right?

The idea of entering equation-like scripts just to get a few well-formatted chars up on the screen in the right typeface ready for printing just feels lame to me. And I'm afraid of it because hey, its still around, hey, there are people using it still, and hey, it just got a fancy new article about it on Slashdot. It's hurting my inner leet hacker persona *not* to know about TeX, and that just makes me even more scared of it.

So I haven't checked it out yet.

Someone, please, either flame me so expertly that I dare not defile your TeXiness in the future, or explain it to me in hacker bean-value terms.

What is the big deal with TeX?

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