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[EuroPython 2011] Jonathan Fine - 21 June 2011 in "Track Tagliatelle"


With the growth of the web, how we publish is changing. Paper alone is not enough, web pages are also required. And for many web pages it is not enough to rely on the browser’s print capabilities. Sphinx, used since 2008 for Python’s documentation, is a creative response to this tension.

This talk will take a broader view of the problem. For example, many browsers support web fonts for display but not for printing. Mathematics on web pages is still difficult, but SVG holds out much promise not only for mathematics but for tables and other complex typeset material. Achieving accessibility remains difficult.

Based on over 15 year’s experience in print and electronic publishing, this talk will survey problems and emerging solutions. Software and sites covered include LaTeX, PDF, SVG, MathJax, web-fonts, PediaPress, Sphinx and arXiv.


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