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Interested in web standards, semantics, communication, history of science, and the - uh - universe...

Increasingly disillusioned by Stack Overflow and the rest of the Stack Exchange system, for reasons overlapping those articulated here by Michael Richter and here* by Benjamin Mako Hill.

*Stack Exchange sites are worse than GitHub in this respect.


Oct
8
awarded  Popular Question
Nov
18
awarded  Popular Question
Oct
26
comment Is it possible to use the `verbatim` environment in a dot2tex node?
@masu, I don't think I tried it, sorry. (By that point - almost a year after I'd asked the question - I'd moved on to other things.) It sounds plausible, though.
Aug
13
accepted (Why) did the Gyre project fork the URW fonts rather than just extending them?
Aug
13
awarded  Nice Question
Jun
24
awarded  Yearling
Apr
11
comment (Why) did the Gyre project fork the URW fonts rather than just extending them?
@KhaledHosny, since the aim of the Gyre project was, IIUC, to extend the URW fonts with diacritics/etc, why would the existing characters not remain metric compatible with the URW fonts?
Apr
11
comment (Why) did the Gyre project fork the URW fonts rather than just extending them?
@MartinSchröder, in what way are they "not simply extensions"? As for the intellectual property issues you hinted at, please could you be more specific? Does the license disallow the use of the original font names?
Apr
10
revised (Why) did the Gyre project fork the URW fonts rather than just extending them?
added 46 characters in body
Apr
10
comment (Why) did the Gyre project fork the URW fonts rather than just extending them?
@JosephWright do you mean that the Gyre project folks thought the presence of "URW" in the names would have been incongruous in the sense that it might cause people to mistakenly believe that URW++ was responsible not only for the initial set of glyphs but for the whole set of glyphs (i.e. including the diacritics/etc that the Gyre project was intending to create)?
Apr
10
revised (Why) did the Gyre project fork the URW fonts rather than just extending them?
added 54 characters in body
Apr
10
asked (Why) did the Gyre project fork the URW fonts rather than just extending them?
Mar
18
comment Ligatures in Hoefler with XeTeX?
See also: trac.macports.org/ticket/28497
Mar
18
comment Ligatures in Hoefler with XeTeX?
In case it helps anyone: I achieved this by uninstalling all installed ports, and then running sudo port install texlive-bin +atsui +x11; sudo port install texlive +doc +medium; sudo port activate texlive-bin @2012_5+atsui+x11 . That worked for me (and gave me proper ligatures in Zapfino, and let me use alternates as per tex.stackexchange.com/q/33855/15911), but there may well be a quicker way :)
Jul
6
comment Why are bent arrows with arrow tips not symmetric in TikZ?
Not an answer, but have you considered using XY-pic? Its syntax for drawing small diagrams like the ones in your examples is much more concise than TikZ's, and I think its curved arrows are symmetric (although I haven't looked closely).
Jul
6
comment Ensure verbatim code block is copy/paste-able
If it seems weird, that's probably because we've been working from different assumptions. My approach is that this is all just software, so any computationally feasible result should be possible; but that if for some reason PDFs or TeX are limited in a particular way that makes what I am asking for (i.e. genuinely verbatim text blocks) strictly impossible, then a knowledgeable user here will point out this limitation and explain why it is insurmountable. Unless that happens, I remain optimistic.
Jul
5
comment Ensure verbatim code block is copy/paste-able
Other than PDF: certainly. PDF by tools other than TeX: maybe, but I haven't checked.
Jul
5
comment Ensure verbatim code block is copy/paste-able
@DanieEls if I already knew how to do all that, I wouldn't be here asking how to do it :)
Jul
5
comment Ensure verbatim code block is copy/paste-able
(Specifically, using the native feature - i.e. the verbatim environment - which is ostensibly for this sort of purpose.)
Jul
5
comment Ensure verbatim code block is copy/paste-able
It isn't stretching it far at all. Loads of document formats are capable of being viewed on a range of platforms and of representing text verbatim in a manner that also allows verbatim copying and pasting. I'm merely asking how to achieve that with this one.