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Submission + - Extended TeX: past, present, and future (latex-community.org) 1

Hamburg writes: Frank Mittelbach, member of the LaTeX Project and LaTeX3 developer, reviews significant issues of TeX raised already 20 years ago. Today he evaluates which issues are solved, and which still remain open and why.
Examples issues are managing consecutive hyphens, rivers of vertical spaces and identical words across lines, grid-based design, weighed hyphenation points, and overcoming the the mouth/stomach separation. Modern engines such as pdfTeX, XeTeX and LuaTeX are considered in regard to solutions of important problems in typesetting.


Submission + - The Nightmare Home Audio-VIdeo Experience (blogspot.com)

iaw4 writes: All I want is to watch TV, Netflix, and Blu-rays. Why can't this "just work"?

10 years ago, I presumed that I could just buy a combo BluRay+Net+TV device, with built-in Class C 5.1 amp, hook it into my cable/antenna outlet, connect 5+1 speakers, and be up and running. The rear speakers could be wireless. One remote. 20 buttons. I could even tell you which buttons are usually needed, and which should be hidden. The remote would always know the state of the device. A DVR could be slotted in.

It ain't nothing like this today.


Submission + - Where Apple OSX is Going (blogspot.com)

iaw4 writes: "It is almost inevitable that Apple OSX end-user programming will be prohibited. Only certified programmers will be allowed.

Resistance is futile"

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