There were several talks at the recent TeX Conference that relied on XML to TeX to PDF and related technologies. Tomorrow's TeX Hour provides a place to discuss this shared theme. Briefly, it's a good idea if you want multiple high-quality outputs from a single source file, and authors willing to make the extra effort to achieve this.

This meeting is dedicated to the memory of Sebastian Rahtz, who was a great advocate of XML and TeX. He was a major contributor not just to TeX (think TeX Live) but also the Text Encoding Initiative and in particular their XSL stylesheets.

Here are the details for tomorrow's TeX Hour on XML to TeX to PDF.
Date and time: Thursday 19 August, 6.30 to 7.30pm UK time.
UK time now: https://time.is/UK.
Zoom URL: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/78551255396?pwd=cHdJN0pTTXRlRCtSd1lCTHpuWmNIUT09
Meeting ID: 785 5125 5396
Passcode: knuth

Last week's TeX Hour was on Obstacles to accessible TeX. We had a good discussion. The videos are available at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLw1FZfIX1w7jJoon5dJSu7svTgsG1dNGc

Next week's TeX Hour will be on Portable TeX Documents - reducing and resolving dependencies of TeX source. The TeX Conference videos are now available. The appendix gives links to the 8 accessibility talks at the conference. I particularly recommend "Code and Math in the Dark" (which I was privileged to host) and "Tactile Mathematics" (with a cast of 5).

with best regards


APPENDIX:  Links to the 8 accessibility talks at 2021 TeX Conference

Andreas Papasalouros & Antonis Tsolomitis
latex2nemeth: A direct LaTeX-to-Braille Transcribing Tool

Ulrike Fischer
On the road to tagged PDF: about StructElem, Marked Content, PDF/A and squeezed Bärs

Frank Mittelbach
Taming the beast — Advances in paragraph tagging with pdfTeX and XeTeX

Jana Schroeder and Jonathan Godfrey ( host Jonathan Fine)
Code and math in the dark

Keiran Harcombe & Boris Veytsman
Creating TeXLive VPAT statement

Alexei Kolesnikov, Al Maneki, Michael Cantino, Rob Beezer, Volker Sorge
Tactile mathematics: Enabling Sighted and Blind People to Share Mathematical Experience

Michael Nolan, Dr. Todd Pagano, Suhas Chikkanaravangala Vijayakumar, Rahul Jaiswal
Publishing for all: Using LaTeX to help improve the accessibility of an open-access journal
[This talk is split over 2 URLs.]

Ross Moore & Tom Price
Accessible research reports; case study, including acronyms and glossaries