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TUG 2011, this years meeting of the TeX Users Group will be in Trivandrum, Kerala, India, from October 19 to October 21.

Who will to go there? Does anybody even plan to speak?

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I don't know yet if my time will allow it, that primarily depends on my present employer. I have been considering speaking for some time.

Abstract:

Bringing together TeX users online - from Usenet to Web 2.0 and beyond

It all began with the Usenet, around 1980. The online discussion board comp.text.tex emerged, where TeX hackers gathered and still populate it today.

On the continuously developing Internet, TeX user groups created mailing lists, built homepages and software archives. Web forums turned up and lowered the barrier for beginners and occasional TeX users for getting support.

Today, TeX's friends can also follow blogs, news feeds, and take part in vibrant question and answer sites.

In this talk we will look at present online TeX activities.

Experienced TeXnicians and Usenet users could be introduced to the vibrant world of forums, Q&A sites and user (groups) blogs, whereas younger fellow TeXnicians can learn about the big merits of Usenet. All of the online projects contribute to the success of TeX today.

TeX.SX would be an important part of the presentation, being a new and distinctive TeX community project.

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