We would like to thank all the participants of the workshop for coming all the way to Portugal! It has been a very fruitful and unique experience to have many of the main developers and power users of TeXmacs meet together. Some feedback from the participants can be found here. We also discussed new ways to collaborate as a community.
As a result of these discussions, it has been decided to single out and specify a few prioritary TeXmacs related tasks. New such tasks may be proposed on the mailing list. Whereas Joris van der Hoeven will continue to do his share of the work, each of these tasks could typically be lead by another member of the TeXmacs team. Please contact Joris if you want to take the responsability to lead one of the tasks. If you just want to participate in one or more tasks, then please contact the respective leaders.
The TeXmacs workshop took place from Sunday February 26 until Friday March 2, 2012 at Falésia Hotel, Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal.
The workshop should be of interest for various groups of TeXmacs developers and users: those who simply want to learn TeXmacs better, those who want to participate in the development, as well as people who would like to promote TeXmacs in education, research and elsewhere. No particular technical skills are required in order to participate.
The morning sessions will be dedicated to presentations and
discussions. There will be a few basic presentations on TeXmacs and
its current developments, as well as more insight presentations about
writing style files, plug-ins, and
Current developments and high priority tasks: the ongoing reorganization for making the interface more user friendly, portability issues, how to reorganize the font system, the most annoying bugs, better editing of multi-part documents, etc.
Challenges for future development: better interfaces with computational systems, integration of a spreadsheet, a mode for editing bibliographies and more general data bases, recognition of mathematical handwriting, etc.
User contributions and extensions: both non technical contributions to the documentation and internationalization efforts, and more technical contributions to the program itself or new plug-ins.
Applications, promotion and organization: which developments and what kind of pedagogic material are important for adoption in education and research, how to organize a promotion campaign, how to collaborate in more efficient ways.
Afternoons will be devoted to programming sessions.