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Started hacking in 1975. Haven't stopped. Currently happiest in Perl, Lisp and C/C++. Have done well writing interfaces for chess engines. Use chess as a way to learn a new (to me) language.

Least I forget (and I did :) ) I started TeX-ing after returning from the 2nd West Coast Computer Faire. I spent a fair amount of time talking to a fellow hacker who was porting TeX to an 8-bit environment. Don't remember if he succeeded or not (memory may not be the first to go, but go it does) but I do remember that I owned a PDP-11/23 at that time and I believe that DECUS had a usable version. Primary problem was that this was a bit before the arrival of either Laser Printers or Postscript. But once all of the necessary ingredients were put together I fell into the land of good looking documents. I have to say that it helped that my Father-In-Law owned and used two Franklin printing presses and was kind enough to let me play---good old days indeed.


Feb
26
awarded  Yearling
Feb
25
awarded  Nice Question
Aug
8
accepted font loading via URL for all TeX-en
Aug
3
awarded  Notable Question
Apr
18
revised Problem with un-clear error messages (using LaTeXmk[fls file] and XeLaTeX[bad file descriptor])
Clarified title
Apr
18
revised Problem with un-clear error messages (using LaTeXmk[fls file] and XeLaTeX[bad file descriptor])
Add a kind of resolution
Apr
17
comment Problem with un-clear error messages (using LaTeXmk[fls file] and XeLaTeX[bad file descriptor])
@mafp no attempt using xelatex -recorder "test.tex" fails. Tried after a failed run of latexmk and after latexmk -C with no negative results.
Apr
17
comment Problem with un-clear error messages (using LaTeXmk[fls file] and XeLaTeX[bad file descriptor])
@mafp works fine with stand-alone xelatex Problem is with a latexmk run. Also when I tried your suggestion I got: xelatex: Unsupported command-line option.
Apr
17
comment Problem with un-clear error messages (using LaTeXmk[fls file] and XeLaTeX[bad file descriptor])
@JohnCollins Done.
Apr
17
revised Problem with un-clear error messages (using LaTeXmk[fls file] and XeLaTeX[bad file descriptor])
Add latexmk run context
Apr
17
revised Problem with un-clear error messages (using LaTeXmk[fls file] and XeLaTeX[bad file descriptor])
Added latexmkrc file
Apr
17
revised Problem with un-clear error messages (using LaTeXmk[fls file] and XeLaTeX[bad file descriptor])
Added MWE
Apr
17
comment Problem with un-clear error messages (using LaTeXmk[fls file] and XeLaTeX[bad file descriptor])
@doncherry Yeah---the lack of a MWE bothers me and at this point that might be a good way to track down what's going wrong.
Apr
16
comment Problem with un-clear error messages (using LaTeXmk[fls file] and XeLaTeX[bad file descriptor])
@doncherry Just for grins I re-ran latexmk after the successful xelatex run and it produced the same problematic output as the preceding. I suppose the good news is that I can run things by hand until I either figure out what is wrong or am told (either will do fine...)
Apr
16
comment Problem with un-clear error messages (using LaTeXmk[fls file] and XeLaTeX[bad file descriptor])
@doncherry Hmmmm---seems to work fine. Perplexed.
Apr
16
asked Problem with un-clear error messages (using LaTeXmk[fls file] and XeLaTeX[bad file descriptor])
Apr
2
comment Showcase of beautiful typography done in TeX & friends
The book is beautiful. The binding is trash. Perhaps mine is a lemon, but it by far and away the worst I've seen from Springer. That said, it is still right at hand with the rest of my LaTeX shelf. Kudos :)
Apr
2
comment Showcase of beautiful typography done in TeX & friends
So when was 'Principia' published? I've always wanted a copy---preferable a hardback (multi volume I believe) but I'd settle for a pdf :)
Mar
24
comment {(x+y)}^2 or (x+y)^2?
As both a typophile (type that word and ask Google for spelling suggestions :) ) and an amateur mathematician (if meta) I prefer the second line to the first as I have a preference for closely attaching functions and parenthesis. Just sayin...
Mar
17
comment Counting index entries
Is there an off by one error here or am I unable to count? Bear in mind that inability to count may be true regardless :)