I'm looking at writing a short piece for TUGboat. I've read "The LaTeX2e TUGboat Macros", and "Quick Tips" and "Advice" in this document but still have some style/markup questions:

  1. Is it necessary or appropriate to include bibliographic citations for `common' programs or packages (such as TeX Live, for example)?
  2. Are there any conventionally accepted forms of markup for file and directory names, file extensions, programs and packages, and configuration parameter names?
  • @JosephWright (I appreciate this may be marginally off-topic; please close if appropriate.) – Brent.Longborough Dec 6 '14 at 10:12

the editors will perform any necessary cleanup and return the edited version to you for approval. but be warned -- the editors are absolutely beastly about consistency. they also believe that readers come first, so remember that please. if you find an existing article that you like the looks of, you could do worse than use that as a model.

the editors do appreciate a nice clean input file that does what it needs to do, so thanks for asking.

  1. if you are recommending a particular package, and a reader is going to have to look for it, be kind and give directions, especially if it's not on CTAN. (this is a bit more specific than what you've requested, but who knows who might be reading this q&a.) i think we can assume that anyone reading TUGboat itself knows enough about TeX to know about TeX Live and CTAN, so no xref needed for anything that obvious.

  2. for file and directory names, monospace is usual (\textt or \verb+...+, but even better is to categorize such items, and use a command approach to identify them, so that if a different presentation is seen to be better for some class, one change will take care of all instances); \usepackage{url} and \url{...} can help for longer names, especially when line breaks are involved. package names are often set with \textsf. (i see that \textsf is also used in the guide you cite for environment names.) consult sampleart.ltx linked from the "quick tips" to see what's already available for specific categories.

author opinions vary on many things, and the opinions of authors are respected, as long as what they write is internally consistent and makes sense. the editors have this peculiar notion that if they don't understand what is written, then some reader won't understand either, so they will usually ask the author for clarification.

when your piece is ready to go, send it by e-mail to tugboat@tug.org

  • Thank you, [B]arbara. As an amateur author, I don't have too many hangups as to my opinions, so that's cool. Once you see the article, I think you'll just love my approach to item 2 :-) – Brent.Longborough Dec 6 '14 at 15:02

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