BachoTeX 2009: Call for Papers

The first call for papers for BachoTeX 2009 arrived in the UK-TUG Committee inbox this week.

BachoTeX 2009 — Call for Papers

Dear TeXies, TeX friends and lovers of fine typography —

This is an invitation to BachoTeX 2009, the XVIIth Polish TeX Users Group Conference.

As usual, it will be held at the traditional TeXies’ and GUST meeting place, Bachotek near Brodnica, in the north-east of Poland, from April 29 until May 3, 2009 inclusive.

We are again trying to get a glimpse of the future, whence the conference title:

TeX: at a turning point, or at the crossroads?

The community is putting a lot of effort and thought into possible strategies for promoting and developing TeX and related products for the foreseeable future, including :

  • TeX, and TeX-based engines
  • enhanced graphics engines
  • new or improved macro packages
  • user interfaces
  • new fonts

Work progresses in many different directions, and thus there is clearly hope for an ever better future, even though the more pessimistic may wonder whether TeX represents an evolutionary dead-end.

In this context the feedback between users and developers of new tools and engines is immensely important — it might decide whether within a few years we will be looking back at today as a successful turning point or as a bad decision at the crossroads of TeX’s history.

Some say that they have never believed that conference themes/mottos have any impact on submissions anyway. We, the Program Committee, think otherwise; please help us to prove our point! Although we do not restrict what your presentations should be about, we would be more than happy if your contribution will be user-centric and oriented towards the future of TeX with special emphasis on the needs, hopes and dangers.

Proposals (abstracts) should be e-mailed to the Program Committee, which listens at the address of papers-2009 at gust dot org dot pl. Bogusław Jackowski is the appointed chairman. Also, please note the “Call for TeX Pearls” below.

Especially welcome are proposals for TeX-related tutorials or introductions. If you have suggestions for tutorials or workshops by others than yourself or about specific topics, please let us know.

The deadline for abstracts and other proposals is the March 8th. The deadline for final papers will soon be published at the conference web site:

Recovery from stress

Exhausted TeXies will get a chance to recover their intellectual powers during nightly musical sessions, usually at a bonfire. Participate by bringing your own instruments (and voices)! Nature fans will have the opportunity to enjoy the unspoiled features of the Bachotek lake and surrounding woods :

The conference could also be a family event — the conference site is an enclosed area with a safe and attractive playing ground for children and parents alike :

Please make the most of the opportunity !

Call for TeX Pearls

We are continuing the tradition of “The Pearls of TeX Programming”. Here, briefly, is what is wanted:

  • short TeX, MF or MP macro(s)
  • results must be useful, and the solution not obvious
  • easy to explain : 10 minutes at most

If you have something that fits the bill, please consider submitting a proposal. If you know of somebody’s work that does the same, please let us know, and we will contact that person. Other details and previously collected Pearls can be found at

The email address is: pearls at gust dot org dot pl