TeX4ht Supports Lettrine

Raphaël Pinson has kindly contributed the code that enables TeX4ht to support lettrine package. (lettrine.sty helps to typeset dropped capitals in a LaTeX document.) This probably will solve the long standing problem of drop capital support in TeX4ht, even if all the options of lettrine package are not supported at this time. Hope, Raphaël will continue support to enhance TeX4ht by adding all the missing options of lettrine.

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TeX4ht and BibLaTeX 2.2

TeX4ht has been updated to cope with the newest incarnation of biblatex ver. 2.2. All its 43 example files provided with documentation have been tested and seem to work fine. Each example file with html output plus all the auxiliary files generated have been archived and provided below for users to check for problems, if any. The revised package of biblatex.4ht is also provided along with recent version of nameref.4ht which some users may not have owing to its recent updation. Older version of nameref.4ht can cause problems when biblatex is run in conjuction with hyperref.

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Jelly Bean on your Galaxy Nexus Phone

Galaxy Nexus phone comes with a lot of different firmware variants which are updated by Samsung except three which are maintained by Google. If you are fortunate to get a Nexus phone with Google maintained firmware, you will receive updates over the air (OTA) as soon as new releases are made. Samsung releases are usually delayed and will end up in long and frustrated waiting. My phone had a Samsung variant of Icecream Sandwich (4.0.2). However, one need not be frustrated about it, we can unlock the bootloader, update to Google maintained firmware and lock the bootloader when completed.

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TeX4ht and biblatex

The very powerful LaTeX bibliography processing package namely, biblatex.sty often clashes with TeX4ht. I do not have much knowledge about the innards of biblatex. However, I could fix problems found in biblatex.4ht consequent to two previous revisions. Now one more revision had taken place, as we can expect, TeX4ht fails to work with current version of biblatex (v. 1.7). Therefore, one more revision of biblatex.4ht becomes necessary which has been done now. Since biblatex is widely used by LaTeX users and many biblatex users also deploy TeX4ht for generating HTML versions of their documents, it has now become an absolute necessity to maintain biblatex.4ht in such a way that each revision of the package also triggers a newer releases of biblatex.4ht. Developers of biblatex have notified that we are going to get a major revision (v. 2.0), so we have to work hard to catch up with new releases.

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TeX4ht: Options

Following is an incomplete list of options that can be passed on to TeX4ht when it is run from command line. These can also be provided as options when tex4ht package is loaded in a LaTeX document with the default usepackage command.
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TeX4ht: Low-level Commands

There are four commands which are very useful to write custom configuration for TeX4ht. They are: Continue reading ‘TeX4ht: Low-level Commands’

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Software Freedom

September 18 is the day of software freedom, celebrated by people around the world who believe in the four basic freedom aspect of software — freedom to run, study, change and distribute copies with or without changes. It is the result of the techno-political resistance movement led by Richard Stallman (RMS) who is credited with launching it in 1983 by founding the GNU project. Continue reading ‘Software Freedom’

KSSN: A Venerable Silent Mathematician

A funny incident happened when Prof KSS Nambooripad (KSSN) started his career as a faculty member in the math department of UC College, Alwaye in central Kerala. One of the students stood up and asked, why should they learn mathematics as he could not find any compelling reasons to learn it. Continue reading ‘KSSN: A Venerable Silent Mathematician’

TeX4ht: Configure Part 2

Navigation Links for Sectioning Divisions

\Configure{crosslinks} provides hooks to create navigation links across sub-documents created from a long document like book where chapters are broken into separate HTML documents or a long article where sections might be cut into separate documents for easy browsing. \CutAt{...} helps to split a long document at the desired section or chapter or part units. When documents are split into smaller units, we need navigation links across various split units. TeX4ht provides an important function, \Configure{crosslink}, which is explained below how various navigational links can be created and customized. Continue reading ‘TeX4ht: Configure Part 2’

TeX4ht: Configure Part 1

The \Configure command is the most powerful user command in TeX4ht system. It helps to add various kinds of hooks to insert target markup code at the desired locations in and around various types of content. For instance, take the case of section{...} in LaTeX. A typical example will be: Continue reading ‘TeX4ht: Configure Part 1’