Archive for September, 2006

RentACoder conditions

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

A copy of RentACoder terms of work between the buyer and the coder.


consodoc questions

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

From the Consodoc forum:
* Running Consodoc under Windows
* What is the document input format:
* – What is the document input format? I know, it’s XML, but what “dialect”, e.g. ODF or DocBook or XHTML?
* – Do you support multilanguage input files, e.g. English text with citations in Greek, Hebrew or Chinese?

file names in LaTeX

Monday, September 25th, 2006

The symbols like “_” and “<SPACE>” are special for LaTeX, therefore using them for file names used by LaTeX isn’t a good idea. Anyway, we can’t control environment and a solution is required. A bookmark for me: Passing Underscore.

Consodoc beta released

Monday, September 25th, 2006

Finally, Consodoc publishing server is released as beta. Consodoc assist with getting beautiful PDFs from XML. The main features are:
* XML is converted to PDF through TeXML and LaTeX.
* It’s possible to manually tune the generated layout.
* Tunings are remembered and re-applied during re-generations.


LaTeX bizcard variation

Thursday, September 21st, 2006

I’ve adapted the LaTeX bizcard package for the following:
* A4 page.
* Two columns of visit cards, each card is of the size 85×55 mm.
* Top and bottom margins are 10mm.
* The distance between columns is 10mm.
* Left and right margins are 15mm.

shared phpBB installation

Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

I have several domains, some of them need a phpBB forum with modifications being added permanently. It’s inconvenient to maintain several copies of the same files. Therefore, I’ve developed a method to store only one copies of files.


printing batch of source code

Sunday, September 17th, 2006

I want to analyze an open source application by reading its source code. I don’t like reading from the screen. Instead, I’d like to print the code and read offline.


recursive sync of only html files

Sunday, September 17th, 2006

I’ve figured out how to combine include/exclude options of rsync to upload only HTML files:

rsync -n -a -v --exclude '.svn/' --include '*/' \
--include '*.html' --exclude '*' src_path dest_path

scons bug

Wednesday, September 13th, 2006

After the libxml/libxslt bug session, now it’s time of SCons: dots in file name, then suffix rules failure.

libxml/libxslt bug session

Monday, September 11th, 2006

GPL text variations

Monday, September 11th, 2006

I’ve spent some time trying to nicely format an GPL excerpt in LaTeX. The problem is that the all-caps text of the “no warrantly” section doesn’t fit to the TeX rules well. Finally, I gave up and decided to find out how this problem is handled by other people. I found the GNU General Public License (GPL) in LaTeX format on the official site Surprise! They don’t have a solution, they have a workaround. The all-caps text is converted to normal text. I like it. The workaround is adopted.

source specials for PDF

Monday, September 4th, 2006

Some TeX implementations or macro packages provide the facility to automatically include so-called “source specials” into a .dvi file. These contain the line number, eventually a column number, and the filename of the .tex source. This makes it possible to jump from a .dvi file to the corresponding place in the .tex source and back (also called “reverse search” and “forward search”). I’ve asked for the same for .pdf files, and have got an answer from Will Robertson in comp.text.tex: