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GSOC: Getting started

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Why we need some books

As part of the Google Summer of Code (GSOC), I will be mentoring Christoph Hafmeister’s project to create an OnLine TeX Editor. This will be written in JavaScript, and will use the public MathTran server to provide TeX typesetting as a web service. It will offer something close to instant preview for mathematics (network connections permitting).

To help us learn the tricks of the trade, we’ve decided to buy some books. And to help us communicate, we’ll both have a copy of these books. That way, it’s easier for us to share our experiences, even though we’re not likely to meet during the project. (This is one of the big changes the rise of print made to learning, in the 16th century.)

So here are the books we’ll be sharing, and why.

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April 25, 2008 at 12:02 pm

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MathTran gets Google SOC support

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I’m delighted that Google has selected Christoph Hafmeister to work on MathTran, as part of the 2008 Google Summer of Code. This is a TeX User’s Group (TUG) project. The others are Arthur Reutenauer, who’s working on improved Unicode compliance in TeX extensions, and Mojca Miklavec, who will be developing the TeXShow documentation system for ConTeXt. You can find out more by following links on the Google SOC page about TeX.

Nothing exists in isolation. This year Google is funding 1,125 student contributors to 175 Free and Open Source projects, and some of these projects are related to Christoph’s MathTran project. The rest of this post discusses some of these connections.

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Written by Jonathan Fine

April 22, 2008 at 12:10 pm

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