Windows of opportunity: A (biased) personal history of two decades of LaTeX development—Are there lessons to be learned?

Frank Mittelbach
LaTeX Project
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Looking back at twenty–odd years involvement in LaTeX development and maintenance the author highlights the (in his opinion) most important milestones and pitfalls.

  • What are significant events that came at the right moment?
  • Which important events came at the wrong moment?
  • What were the biggest failures and why?

From this data the article attempts to draw conclusions as to how the future of LaTeX could be shaped in a way beneficial to everybody involved and what needs to happen to make this possible.