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Adventures: programmer's with typography and typographer's with programming


Typography, the art of composing signs and graphics into pages and designing signs and graphics is nowadays inadvertently linked with using software. Programmers design and create systems which serve as tools for typographic projects.

This is an invitation for a conference during which we want to get together programmers and designers of typographic systems with typographers and other users of such systems. Share your experiences. Tell others how you are doing it. Lets together look into what programmers can offer to those who create works containing letters and other signs and how programmers can profit from the knowledge and experience of the users of such systems, designers, typographers or creators of web pages.

The members of GUST, organizers of the conference, are especially sensitive to typesetting precision, solicitude and dependability, both in creating the tools and using them. We'd like the typographic and programming elegance and solicitude to be reflected in the conference presentations.

Especially invited are presentations on the following topics:

  • Typographic projects ranging from business cards designs through web pages up to multi-volume books; we are interested is problems encountered, technologies employed, drawbacks of available software, unfulfilled dreams, successes or barriers and obstacles.
  • Design and development of programs and programming systems aimed and typographic goals: both batch and interactive typesetting systems, client-server realizations, especially such for web sites.
  • Use of typography where programmability is vital: database extracts or combining multimedia and typography.

Of course we will gladly accept presentations relating the above with the TeX typesetting system but that is not a requirement for acceptance.

Let this meeting of typographers and programmers become a step towards beautiful results!

Proposals (abstracts) should be e-mailed to the Program Committee, which listens at the address of prog-2010 at gust dot org dot pl. Bogusław Jackowski is the appointed chairman. Also, please note the “Call for TeX Pearls” below.

Workshops and tutorials

Especially welcome are proposals for TeX-related tutorials or introductions. If you have suggestions for tutorials or workshops by others than yourself or about specific topics, please let us know.

Poster sessions

All participants will be given the opportunity to present their TeX and typographic results in the form of posters. We will provide exhibition space. Perhaps new ideas or solutions will emerge? 

Call for TeX Pearls

We are continuing the tradition of “The Pearls of TeX Programming”. Here is, briefly, what is wanted:

  • short TeX, MF or MP macro(s)
  • results must be useful, and the solution not obvious
  • easy to explain : 10 minutes at most

If you have something that fits the bill, please consider submitting a proposal. If you know of somebody's work that does the same, please let us know, and we will contact that person. Other details and previously collected pearls can be found at

The email address is: pearls at gust dot org dot pl.

The TeX Clinic

We hope that more advanced TeXies will help out the TeX Clinic team led by Joanna Ryćko. We'd like to continue the initiative with the aim to draw in TeX beginners.

Recovery from stress

 Exhausted TeXies will get a chance to recover their intellectual powers during nightly musical sessions, usually at a bonfire. Participate by bringing your own instruments (and voices) ! Nature fans will have the opportunity to enjoy the unspoiled features of the Bachotek lake and surrounding woods.

Please make the most of the opportunity!

Deadlines and addresses

The deadline for abstracts and other proposals is March 28th 2010. The deadline for final papers to appear in the conference materials is April 11th.

Contributions should be send by email to the Program Committee: prog-2010 at gust dot org dot pl. The PC is chaired by Bogusław Jackowski (b underscore jackowski at gust dot org dot pl).

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