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Why is Donald Knuth’s multivolume masterpiece, the Art of Computer Programming, still unfinished? The answer is that dissatisfied with his books’ physical form, Knuth paused work in order to automate some of the more toilsome aspects of book production: typesetting and font creation. So were born LaTeX and MetaFont. Join me for a whirlwind tour of publishing automation from Gutenberg to the web, culminating with an in-depth analysis of Knuth's writings on MetaFont--an extraordinary language for designing parametric fonts.
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