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One cannot avoid seeing the huge amount of work being done by people around the world to develop packages, classes, and even projects which dwarf LaTeX in terms of software complexity, and hence, in terms of time.

Time is money. Who pays for these people's time? Some are volunteers, sure. Some are scholars, some work for publishing houses, and others may be labeled as zealot geniuses.

Concretely, the question is:

  • What are the major projects being developed these days? (LaTeX3? TikZ? Bidi? tcolorbox? Did I miss anything?)
  • How are these projects being funded? (Donations? Scholarly organizations?)

closed as off-topic by David Carlisle, Bobyandbob, Stefan Pinnow, CarLaTeX, cfr Jan 28 '18 at 22:44

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  • "This question does not fall within the scope of TeX, LaTeX or related typesetting systems as defined in the help center." – David Carlisle, Bobyandbob, Stefan Pinnow, CarLaTeX, cfr
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    See tug.org/tc/devfund and dante.de/index/Projekte.html. All the projects you mentioned are developed by volunteers in their spare time. The funded projects are mostly fonts or engine development. – Henri Menke Jan 28 '18 at 2:24
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    @cfr Borderline I agree, but we have other 'policy' and 'history' questions. I guess that it might be easier to answer if focussed on e.g. TeX itself and Lamport's LaTeX work, as both are historical and self-contained. I agree that an open-ended question about 'all packages' is challenging! – Joseph Wright Jan 28 '18 at 7:09
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    I think it should be off topic. Mostly the answer is it's not funded and done by volunteers. (even for the latex core, the funding only covers the occasional travel money for face to face meetings, and buying tugboat, all actual latex development time is volunteer labour) – David Carlisle Jan 28 '18 at 11:48
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    @DavidCarlisle That sounds like the proper answer such that we can move on, instead discussing the question type. 14 votes on a off-topic question is the strange part. So apparently there is some interest regardless justified or not – percusse Jan 28 '18 at 15:38
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    @percusse No I won't answer (I voted to close) I have no idea how other projects are funded other than the ones I am involved in, and I do not think this is a good forum for discussing people's finances. – David Carlisle Jan 28 '18 at 15:42

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