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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 biryokumaru ( 822262 ) <> on Thursday July 01, 2010 @06:41PM (#32765494)
    I hear it's already been rejected from the App store.
    • by Locke2005 ( 849178 ) on Thursday July 01, 2010 @06:42PM (#32765510)
      What did he expect? It supports printing!
      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by mysidia ( 191772 )

        And TeX is a language interpreter, which is explicitly banned

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by rhyder128k ( 1051042 )

      It's a hoax, but it it's a shame that something isn't being to speed up development on the successor to LaTeX2. LaTeX 3 development work has been underway since the early 1990s. One feature I'd like to see implemented is a reliable way of inserting an inline text box that the main text wraps around, for tip boxes. There is some third party support for images that take up less than a full column width, and it can be hijacked for text, but it doesn't work reliably. Basically, what I think will happen is that

    • Of course, its turing complete.
  • Lame. (Score:3, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 01, 2010 @06:42PM (#32765498)


    No Twitter integration?

  • Bummer. (Score:4, Funny)

    by dgatwood ( 11270 ) on Thursday July 01, 2010 @06:45PM (#32765558) Homepage Journal
    We were all hoping he'd announce proof that P = NP....
  • by Cordath ( 581672 ) on Thursday July 01, 2010 @06:50PM (#32765672)

    Name it after some other deliberately mispronounced form of fetish-wear. I'd happily write papers in buttplug (pronounced bootploog).

  • 3D Printing (Score:3, Interesting)

    by CarpetShark ( 865376 ) on Thursday July 01, 2010 @06:51PM (#32765674)

    Come to think of it, I'm only familiar with the hardware side of 3D printing.

    What is the state of the art in terms of 3D printing software and/or definition languages? Is there anything approaching a standard yet, that can take account of issues like number and type of available materials (conductive metal, plastic, etc.), material properties (tensile strength etc.), degrees of freedom (angles that can be accessed), resolution/step size, and other issues like that in a reasonable way?

    I doubt it really, but I guess my question is more "how far are we from achieving it? What work's been done so far?"

    • 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 :)

    • > What is the state of the art in terms of 3D printing software and/or definition languages
      RTF Summary. Thanks to Knuth, now we can print animated audio stereographs in 3D.

    • There's very little in the way of standards for 3d printing, heck it's pretty hard to even get repeatable and precise prints. There are many different 3d printing processes and many have issues specific to them. The closest thing there is to a standard is the .stl(stereolithography) file format, pretty much every 3d printer accepts the .stl []?" file format. The state of the art in 3D printing software is proprietary software that runs on the computer hooked up to the machine and manages things specific to
  • He said earthshaking, not Earth-destroying. Sad to see that he is going to waste more time on typesetting, though.

  • by TheRedDuke ( 1734262 ) on Thursday July 01, 2010 @06:56PM (#32765766)
    Wait for build 1729.
  • 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

  • by SteveFoerster ( 136027 ) <steve&stevefoerster,com> on Thursday July 01, 2010 @07:32PM (#32766272) Homepage

    Animations? So with a buildup like that we get... a blink tag?

  • by jthill ( 303417 ) on Thursday July 01, 2010 @07:58PM (#32766580)

    I wonder if this would surprise him: at 4AM Pacific today, I searched for "knuth announcement".

    Google told me that was the 27th most common search over the preceding hour.

  • ... Apple sues Knuth for infringing trademarks over the use of the "i" in iTex?

  • Wow, your earthshattering announcement sure was earthshattering! You're going to name your next project iTex! Wow! I mean, holy shit, wow!

  • by CrazyJim1 ( 809850 ) on Thursday July 01, 2010 @10:48PM (#32768226) Journal
    please move along
  • by drewhk ( 1744562 ) on Friday July 02, 2010 @04:06AM (#32769956)

    I hope this is real, because this would be very bad for a joke.

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