TUG Interview Corner

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We have published a book containing the interviews through March 2009. The book is for sale at discount to TUG members and others.

There are two ideas behind these interviews: (a) technology is created by and evolves with use by people, and the points of view and backgrounds of the people influence the technology; (b) there are lots of people who are relatively new to the TeX community and therefore do not know much about the people who are already significant contributors to the community.

This Interview Corner is coordinated by Dave Walden, who has spent a lifetime in computer R&D but who is a relative newcomer to TeX and its friends (albeit a serious user of them, cf. TeX Land). Thus, Dave is representative of many relatively new users of TeX who are interested in knowing more about past and current contributors to the TeX community.

Interview subjects are chosen based on (a) seeking diversity in many dimensions, (b) recommendations from people about who should be interviewed, and (c) potential interview subjects being willing to be interviewed. If you'd like to suggest subjects for future interviews, or are interested in conducting interviews yourself, please contact us.

Please contact us if you see a problem with this website. [A program generates the HTML for the website and the interviews, based on the system of m4 files described in our paper about this interviews project.]


The list is alphabetical by last name. The one or two activities listed for each interviewee are meant as just a hint about each interviewee and are accurate as of the date of the interview.

A chronological list of interviews is also available.
This page also lists some other interviews, memoirs, etc. and some histories of TeX.

Some interviews, memoirs, etc., in TUGboat and elsewhere

The TeX Community Blog is doing its own interview series. Originally Paulo Cereda did the interviews, but later others in the community joined Paulo during the interview sessions. They have a dedicated chatroom for interviewing their members; anyone can visit the chatroom and submit questions to the interviewee; and Paulo serves in an editorial role. Other interviews, memoirs, etc.

Some histories of TeX