Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle

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I have serious mobility restrictions due to muscular dystrophy and have been wheelchair bound for several years now. Until recently, I could walk a few steps without too much risk of falling down and could get into my vehicle to travel to work and back. However, due to progressive nature of the disease, continued and steady wasting of muscle fibers in lower limbs has left me completely dependent on wheelchair now. As such, it has become a nightmare to get into the vehicle and have been searching for a wheelchair accessible vehicle to make my travel between home and work a hassle-free affair, since these two places are otherwise completely accessible.

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TeXPortal, a TeX system for Android

If you’re an Android user looking for a complete TEX system in a tablet, here is a glad news waiting for you . An application namely, TEXPortal in combination with TEXpert will make a complete TEX system in your Android tablet or smart phone. TEXPortal is a complete TEXLive distribution ported for Android and TEXpert is a full fledged text editor and integrated development environment within which the user can create, edit, run the compiler, view and debug without leaving it. The user interface is uncluttered, elegantly simple and very easy to use that will put to shame some of the cloud based frameworks that have germinated in the fertile soil of Internet in recent times.
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TLC in ePub format

Frank Mittelbach and Michel Goossens, with Johannes Braams, David Carlisle, and Chris Rowley. The LATEX Companion -– 2nd ed. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-201-36299-6. 2004, Pearson Education, Inc., Boston, MA.

TeX Lion

Courtesey: Paulo Cereda

The 1,200 pages long The LATEX Companion (TLC) is now available in a variety of ebook formats — ePUB, mobi and PDF. To quote Frank Mittelbach:
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Plagiarized Website

RIVER-VALLEY.COM is a domain name which I have been holding since 26 March, 1998. I had allowed the domain name to be used by Focal Image (India) Private Limited, an IT enabled service company located in Trivandrum, India of which I am one of the directors. All versions of the website of this domain from October 1999 to till date are also available at Internet Archive.

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TeX4ht and Multicolumn Layout

Nasser M. Abbassi had filed a feature request at TeX4ht project for multicolumn support in TeX4ht which is lacking at the moment. This link provides the latest specifications of W3C relating to multicolumn layout in HTML which some of the mainstream browsers support in varying degrees. Our initial efforts are pointed towards multicol package so that TeX4ht provides enough hooks to generate output with multicolumn layout as envisaged in LATEX by multicol package. Support for \twocolumn still remains to be done, though.

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Aaron, the passionate liberator

Lawrence Lessig and Aaron Swartz

Lawrence Lessig and Aaron Swartz in 2002 (Courtesy Wikipedia)

The intellectual hoarders around the world would have heaved a sigh of relief when they heard about the tragic death of Aaron Swartz. The Hindu rightly pointed out that the world had become poorer with the death of this computing genius and passionate activist who stood for free access to knowledge and information in the Internet. He worked hard to free information vaulted behind pay walls. In that effort, the young adventurer in him coupled with his programing prowess succeeded to download 4.8 million articles from the digital library of JSTOR and distributed freely in the Internet. Continue reading ‘Aaron, the passionate liberator’

Biblatex 2.5

Two updates have already been made for biblatex since we tested compatibility problems of TeX4ht with the package last. This time, except for one change of the string, URL, which was hardwired in previous versions, becoming a localization string, all the remaining changes relate to biber, the bib database processor. None of these have any bearing on TeX4ht. However, a thorough run of all example files in the package bundle has been done and could not find any problems in generating HTML output identical to the PDF counterparts.

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Biblatex 2.3

You might have noted that biblatex has been updated to version 2.3 and the documentation documentation says:

If an entry in the revision history states that a feature has been improved or extended, this indicates a modification which either does not affect the syntax and behavior of the package or is syntactically backwards compatible (such as the addition of an optional argument to an existing command). Entries stating that a feature has been modified, renamed, or removed demand attention. They indicate a modification which may require changes to existing styles or documents in some, hopefully rare, cases.

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An Annotated TeX Source

Mahesh wanted to see the annotated source of the TeX document that generated the output shown here. There are two components in the source:  (1) document source, let us call it as test.tex, (2) a custom configuration for TeX4ht, let us call it as my.cfg.
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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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