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Call for papers

Twenty years after

2012 is a celebration year for GUST: we will be celebrating the twentieth GUST anniversary and, not incidentally, the twentieth BachoTeX. A lot did happen across the century and millennium borders since founding GUST in 1992 followed by the first BachoTeX in 1993. A lot in terms of both information technology progress in general and TeX-with-friends in particular.

The world has changed and TeXies have changed. Or have they? So many of them were coming to BachoTeXs — wouldn't it be nice to meet them again and find out how are they and what they are doing? We thought so, thus two goals have been set for this year's BachoTeX:

  • first — the bread-and-butter TeX and TeX-and-friends stuff
  • second and last but not least — to get as many as possible former BachoTeX participants for a reunion (this is not to say that newcomers are not welcome...)

This is serious: please help to spread the word by finding and inviting your friends whom you remember seeing at one of our conferences.

To cater for the conference title: we plan a small, special session plus a corner somewhere devoted to the history of the conference: any ideas? Think of gadgets, photographs, anecdotes, presentations, recordings, whatever... And — any thoughts as to why we are still around?


And now the conference content proper: we look forward to the normal mix of TeX, Metapost, ConTeXt, LaTeX, and friends related presentations (please not not forget about fonts). There is also the emerging BachoTeX trend of looking for a coming-together of programmers and designers of typographic systems, typographers and other users of such systems, so papers and activities in that area are also most welcome. Please note the “Call for TeX Pearls” further down.

The normal channel of offering papers is the emailing of proposals to the Program Committee, but before rushing off to the mailer, please consult the info for authors (

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

Participants will be given the opportunity to present their TeX and typographic results in the form of posters for which we provide exhibition space.

Call for TeX Pearls

We continue the tradition of the “Pearls of TeX Programming”. Details and previously collected pearls can be found at

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.

Deadlines and addresses

The deadline for abstracts and other proposals is March 28th 2012. 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-2012 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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