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Stop the Math Press's Presses — Knuth Announces iTex 284

After Donald Knuth's anticipated "earthshaking announcement," it's safe to say that the world is still here. yowlanku writes "Christoper Adams tweeted live from TUG 2010 Conference that 'Donald Knuth's TeX successor will be named iTeX.' " Knuth "also stated that this successor of TeX will have features like 3-D printing, animation, stereographic sound."
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Stop the Math Press's Presses — Knuth Announces iTex

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  • by WillAdams ( 45638 ) on Thursday July 01, 2010 @06:57PM (#32765784) Homepage

    here: []

    It was an hilarious presentation in the spirit of his first publication... [] (scroll down to Potrzebie)

    to repeat (w/o the geocoord)

    a successor to TeX which he has been working on for some time

    scratch tex78 and tex82

    so making up for assumptions which don't fit the internet age

    jokes about measuring and math in TeX .4pt == .3999pt

    maxdimen too small, 1sp too large

    tunnel vision caused by computers of the day

    subset of XML uses Unicode automatic everything

    all directions and all dimensions


    text audio video sensors GPScoords accelerometers haptics

    midi input to score and back to music

    no macros --- menu driven like Word but enhanced

    spoken command and gestures

    \i \TeX (wrapped on a sphere)

    spoken name accompanied by (optional) ringing bell

    not programmed directly

    1289 bugs in TeX
    571 bugs in metafont

    Project Marianne

    Project Biturgical

    written in Scheme using all buzzwords

    pricing - monthly subscription on cloud

    first year one month free

    pricing based on internet speed

    will change everyday

    life is too short to reread anything

    will benefit world's economy, user's can sell documents

    network of certified consultants

    online help
        - for dummies
        - for wizards
        - personalized on-line

    symbolic equations
    satellite photos

    \i\TeX hyper document

    math mode like mathml --- must evaluate


    hyperbolic geometry


    world-class photo retouching

    character, face, speech recignition


    output format:
        - lasercutters
        - embroidering machines
        - 3D printers
        - plasma cutters

    interactive cookbook

    life as hypertext document

    released next month

    pending patent applications

  • Re:3D Printing (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 01, 2010 @07:03PM (#32765850)

    It's usually referred to as Rapid Prototyping [], and properties are limited to whatever the particular technology you're using can support. The good news is some companies (disclaimer - previous employer) like Stratasys [] have evolved their FDM technology to the point of creating usable plastic parts.

    Sadly, the venerable, verbose, and error-prone STL file format is still the standard input for most of these systems.

    So, perhaps Tex will support STL output for 3D printing :)

  • by laffer1 ( 701823 ) <luke@ f o o l i s h g a m> on Thursday July 01, 2010 @07:17PM (#32766054) Homepage Journal

    according to google, his presentation was a hoax.

  • by thogard ( 43403 ) on Thursday July 01, 2010 @08:00PM (#32766622) Homepage

    What do you expect them to typeset the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy with?

  • by steveha ( 103154 ) on Thursday July 01, 2010 @08:55PM (#32767278) Homepage

    All 27 users of TeX will be quite excited about this.

    Ah yes, the reliable old joke: all X people who care will be happy, where X is a humorously small number. Classic!

    But kidding aside, TeX is in heavy use. Most TeX users use LaTeX [] or even LyX [] to wrap TeX and make it easier, but TeX is in there doing the work.

    My understanding is that TeX is standard in the academic world, because it can correctly typeset serious math equations. Also, Wikipedia uses TeX to process all <math> tags (see here [] for details).

    I have many times read discussion boards where people said something like "I started writing my thesis in Microsoft Word using its equation editor. After my fourth bout of heavy drinking and depression, my friend showed me LaTeX, and I was able to finish my thesis with just a few wine coolers and hardly any Prozac."


  • Re:Not on the iPhone (Score:3, Informative)

    by mysidia ( 191772 ) on Thursday July 01, 2010 @11:37PM (#32768556)

    And TeX is a language interpreter, which is explicitly banned

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 01, 2010 @11:38PM (#32768564)

    You must not be very familiar with academic publishing in CS, Math, and Physics. LaTeX is used extensively.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 02, 2010 @03:20AM (#32769716)

    Actually, the implementation of macros in modern versions of Lyx is just great. You define a macro in two parts : the latex part, that will appear in the .tex file produced and its graphical counterpart in Lyx. I use many macros in my thesis this way and it works just superb.

  • by icebraining ( 1313345 ) on Friday July 02, 2010 @05:52AM (#32770452) Homepage

    All in all, Word has its faults but WYSIWYG was a godsend and I never regretted using it for my thesis.

    There are plenty o LaTeX editors that can show a live preview, which for me is the best of two worlds. []

    I tried both Gummi and Lyx, and I like them both, although I do prefer Gummi.

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