How you can help in the TeX community
First, one way to help that we recommend to everyone is to join TUG or another TeX
user group. This helps support the infrastructure of TeX and the TeX
world. (Or, if you prefer, make a
If you're looking for help with using TeX, rather than contributing,
please see the getting started with TeX page.
The other items on this page are specific tasks we know of that
need volunteers. If you have time and willingness to help with one, or
have an item you'd like added, please get in touch at the indicated
Email email@example.com if you are interested in these:
- Man page updates.
- We'd like to collect small
sample documents for the standard and other popular LaTeX classes,
and for ConTeXt documents too. If you have any to share, please let me
know. Other template
collections are available.
- We'd like to have an ‘introduction to LaTeX’ document
that falls somewhere between the brevity of sample2e.tex and
the completeness of A Not So Short
Introduction, with a strong focus on practical examples rather than
discursive explanations, history, and myriad alternatives.
- The hyperref manual needs
a thorough updating. The present maintainer has carefully documented
changes in the NEWS file and sources, but the main manual lags behind.
- The dvips manual needs a systematic
description of the specials that are accepted (and examination of the
source code to find out what they are). Many are documented, but not
all. A review of the manual will no doubt find other updates that are
- The unofficial LaTeX
reference manual needs much expansion and filling out.
One more, independent of anything else: the LaTeX WikiBook could
always use reviews and contributors.
- Make a bold variant for the Concrete font family.
There are substitutes
but a true boldface would, in addition to making this font more widely
useful, also increase the number of complete font families usable for
mathematics. (Possibly an approach like the one
taken for math, of making changes to the parameters in the Metafont
files, would produce a solution.)
- Write an equivalent of cmap.sty for plain TeX, to make searching in
PDF output as good as possible. (Suggested by Don Knuth.)
- Write something for plain TeX (running at least on pdftex)
to support font expansion and margin kerning as in the LaTeX microtype package. Supporting
Computer Modern alone would be useful. This could be used for TUGboat and Texinfo, among others.
- The Lucida macros and
documentation need an ongoing maintainer to fix bugs and make
improvements. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- We can use endless help with TeX4ht in
fixing bugs, adding features, improving the documentation, and
everything else. Email email@example.com.
to a free (libre) PDF reader. The three features are independent; each
is important in its own realm. The MuJS
- Supporting OpenType and perhaps TrueType in the long-standing but
still widely-used dvips program would be great,
i.e., at least conversion to Type42. Perhaps some of the code from
pdftex could be adapted. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Also dvips: support PDF graphics.
- Also dvips: use
subset tags in output font names (see whole thread).
- Both dvips and pdftex: output Type1C, for smaller file sizes.
TUG web site
Email email@example.com about these:
If you'd like to add an item to this page, or have other questions
and suggestions, mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For general
questions and discussion about TeX and related programs, mail email@example.com.
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