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Typesetting

  • 5th Jul, 2005 at 2:04 AM

Last night, I started hacking on the typesetting for the Desktop Developers' Conference talk that Pat and I are going to be presenting.

For a very long time, I thought that the proceedings for events like Linux Symposium were really ugly because people didn't know how to typeset things in LATEX. Actually, no. It's because the typesetting is done that way on purpose.

I've been wrestling the style a bit to get the minimum number of changes that will make our paper look decent. I've tightened up some of the excessively large whitespace between paragraphs and changed the fixed-width font to LModern Typewriter.

Now all I have to do is finish writing the paper and drawing a couple of diagrams. Hmm, I think I will do some back of an envelope drawings, and then trace them into PostScript. Does anyone know of an easy way to do this?


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ringzero
5th Jul, 2005 12:12 (UTC)
Do your diagrams in Inkscape and export to eps.
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sfllaw
5th Jul, 2005 13:34 (UTC)
I have become proficient with xfig, but I find its verb-noun interface completely infuriating. I no longer use it by choice.
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andukar
5th Jul, 2005 23:23 (UTC)
I haven't had problems with dia.
hub_
9th Jul, 2005 16:39 (UTC)
Dia works great.
sdt
6th Jul, 2005 23:10 (UTC)
I no longer use xfig now that I have OmniGraffle. It's amazing.
sfllaw
7th Jul, 2005 02:12 (UTC)
Dude, you are rapidly becoming a Mac OS fan. It's a disturbing trend.

You know I can't run OmniGraffle.
sdt
7th Jul, 2005 11:56 (UTC)
I've been a Mac OS (X) fan for a long time man.

Sure you can run OmniGraffle. All you need is $500 to buy yourself a Mac Mini ;).
hub_
9th Jul, 2005 16:38 (UTC)
ahah.

MacMini is CDN$629 + taxes. Then you need to buy the required paraphanelia, including 1GB or RAM, a USB keyboard/mouse or a KVM compatible with (not easy to find at a decent price), etc.

And OmniGraffle is not free, neither like beer, nor like speech, which is something to add to the cost.
(Anonymous)
9th Jul, 2005 17:30 (UTC)
I cannot believe you bothered to write that response to my tongue-in-cheek comment.
swestrup
5th Jul, 2005 16:43 (UTC)
Why do you say the typesetting is ugly on purpose? I'm curious.
sfllaw
5th Jul, 2005 17:55 (UTC)
It's on purpose because the class tells it to be ugly. So whoever implemented the class wanted it this way. I've had to override certain definitions so things would turn out nicely.
swestrup
5th Jul, 2005 18:29 (UTC)
Oh, that doesn't require *intention*. Mere stupidity and incompetance will suffice.
hub_
9th Jul, 2005 16:39 (UTC)
ghawd, we have to write a paper ?
sfllaw
9th Jul, 2005 21:40 (UTC)
Yes, I believe we do.

Not only that, we are also late.
hub_
10th Jul, 2005 01:35 (UTC)
cause I didn't find anything about that given that
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