Category Archives: Typesetting

Formatting documents for reading

Custom KOMA-Script Letter 1.1

Over the last couple of KOMA-Script releases, I noticed that my custom letter format for this style package had changed its appearance. Specifically, the second page’s header and footer had moved from the margins into the page, taking up far too much space. I opened a (German) bug report on the KOMA-Script forum, including sample […]

Andrew West’s BabelStone

The BabelStone complex of websites is a treasure trove for aficionados of historical and non-Latin typography. The author, Andrew West, is a published expert on Chinese and other Asian scripts. Here’s a quick overview of his major online productions: The main BabelStone weblog features incredibly comprehensive articles on historical writing and art, e.g. The Rules […]

Past & Present of Sharp S

Ralf Herrmann’s Wayfinding & Typography has several interesting articles concerning the infamous German letter ß, aka sharp s or eszett. What’s a Ligature, Anyway? explains the difference between typographic and orthographic ligatures, and why ß in contemporary Latin script is neither. Rather, it was defined in 1903 as a single letter in the new German […]

Extra Spacing After Sentences

Typographical rules are sometimes based on empirically proven ease of reading, but much more often they are simply tradition or aesthetic preference. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that, but it gets annoying when such accidental habits are declared absolute truths or, worse, justified with made-up history. And that is the case with the often-heard claim […]

TeXstudio improves XeLaTeX support

My favorite LaTeX editor TeXstudio got some significant updates in the last two months. Version 2.4 completely reworked the build system and added direct support for XeLaTeX, the typesetting engine that isn’t stuck in the 20th century and can handle modern things like Unicode and OpenType fonts. TeXstudio now features a built-in command to run […]

Adobe Source Sans/Code Pro

Adobe has recently published two free and open source fonts, the sans-serif Source Sans Pro and the monospaced Source Code Pro. Designed by Paul D. Hunt, both typeface families are beautiful and highly readable, although they weren’t designed with Windows ClearType in mind and look somewhat thin on the screen. You can download the two […]

Letters with KOMA-Script

The comprehensive LaTeX package KOMA-Script comes with a fairly powerful letter class, scrlttr2, that offers a broad variety of predefined variables and layout positions for window envelopes. Sadly, unlike KOMA-Script’s default layout for normal documents, the default letter layout is rather ugly. The recipient address field is too close to the edges of the envelope […]

LaTeX Typesetting with MiKTeX

LaTeX Typesetting with MiKTeX describes my new LaTeX setup that was first used for the revised Star Chess and Tektosyne documents. The page lists all programs, style packages, and customizations I’m using. You can also download the LaTeX sources for both documents as practical examples. Moreover, I expanded Document Standards with an overview of (La)TeX […]

Adobe FDK 10 Documentation

A whopping 16 months after the release of FrameMaker 10, Adobe has finally updated the documentation for the FrameMaker Developer Kit (FDK) to reflect the current application version. That leaves the two essential Structured Application manuals which are, to my knowledge, still based on FrameMaker 9. See FrameMaker Documentation for a list of all FrameMaker […]

Authoring DITA with Oxygen

Scriptorium has just posted a new vendor webcast, An overview of authoring DITA with Oxygen. Syncro Soft’s George Bina demonstrates the basic features and overall editing experience in this environment. He doesn’t touch on the thorny issue of customizing PDF typesetting but it’s a nice overview nonetheless.