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Call for papers

TeX old but gold: the durability of typographic TeXnologies

The theme was inspired by a great anniversary — TeX turned 40 last year!

40 is a special number for many: 40 years (and more!) constitute ones working life, married couples often specially celebrate 40 years of marriage, wines aged 40 and more fetch great prices…

Hans Hagen came up with the idea of devoting a conference day to that anniversary — we'd like to hear talks inspired by the following:

  • why i never quit using TeX
  • TeX never let me down
  • why I fell in love with TeX
  • how TeX betrayed me
  • will I quit using TeX with retirement
  • aging makes TeX better
  • why I don't want to retire (from TeX)
  • it never gets better than this (which feels good)

We hope that the meeting of the world's most competent people in matters of TeX and typography will result in interesting thoughts on the durability of typographic technologies and — in particular — TeX itself (in all its variants, i.e., eTeX, pdfTeX, LuaTeX, XeTeX and others).

The old but gold guy, as we all know, carries himself magnificently and is active on many fronts. However, it seems that we don't know about all of his strengths. One of those important activities is often hidden in the so-called back office. This needs to be talked about, thus our appeal for lectures and presentations on such topics.


Of course we also look forward to the normal mix of TeX, Metafont / Metapost (please, do not forget the fonts!), ConTeXt, LaTeX, and friends related presentations. We also do upkeep the BachoTeX trend in which we try to bring together programmers and designers of typographic systems, typographers and other users of such systems. 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

We look forward to 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

As always at BachoTeX participants will be given the opportunity to present their TeX and typographic results in the form of posters for which we provide exhibition space.

Deadlines and addresses

The deadline for “regular” abstracts and other proposals is March 24th 2019 (extended until April 10th 2019). The deadline for final papers to appear in the conference materials is April 14th. Contributions should be sent by email to the Program Committee: prog-2019 at gust dot org dot pl . The Program Committee is chaired by Bogusław Jackowski (b underscore jackowski at gust dot org dot pl .)

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