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7 <h2>A LaTeX2e reference manual - latexrefman</h2>
8
9 <p>The current manual:
10
11 <ul>
12 <li>English:
13 - <a href="latex2e.dbk">docbook</a>
14 - <a href="latex2e.dvi">dvi</a>
15 - <a href="latex2e.html">html</a>
16 - <a href="latex2e.info">info</a>
17 - <a href="latex2e.pdf">pdf</a>
18 - <a href="latex2e.txt">plain&nbsp;text</a>
19 - <a href="latex2e.texi">latex2e.texi source</a> (en).
20
21 <li>Spanish (es)
22 - <a href="latex2e-es.dbk">docbook/es</a>
23 - <a href="latex2e-es.dvi">dvi/es</a>
24 - <a href="latex2e-es.html">html/es</a>
25 - <a href="latex2e-es.info">info/es</a>
26 - <a href="latex2e-es.pdf">pdf/es</a>
27 - <a href="latex2e-es.txt">plain&nbsp;text/es</a>
28 - <a href="latex2e-es.texi">latex2e-es.texi source</a> (es).
29
30 <li>French (fr)
31 - <a href="latex2e-fr.dbk">docbook/fr</a>
32 - <a href="latex2e-fr.dvi">dvi/fr</a>
33 - <a href="latex2e-fr.html">html/fr</a>
34 - <a href="latex2e-fr.info">info/fr</a>
35 - <a href="latex2e-fr.pdf">pdf/fr</a>
36 - <a href="latex2e-fr.txt">plain&nbsp;text/fr</a>
37 - <a href="latex2e-fr.texi">latex2e-fr.texi source</a> (fr).
38
39 <li><a href="http://svn.gnu.org.ua/viewvc/latexrefman/trunk/">Subversion
40 repository</a> for all source files (<a
41 href="/svn/?group=latexrefman">repo info</a>);
42 general <a
43 href="/projects/latexrefman/">project
44 page</a>.
45
46 <li>The <a href="https://ctan.org/pkg/latex2e-help-texinfo">current
47 release, on CTAN</a> (package name on CTAN and in distributions is
48 <tt>latex2e-help-texinfo</tt>, for historical reasons).
49
50 <li><a href="mirroring.html">How to mirror</a> the manual.
51
52 </ul>
53
54
55 <h3>Goal and rationale</h3>
56
57 <p>The goal is to update and amplify the long-existing unofficial
58 LaTeX(2e) reference manual, which has been included in free TeX
59 distributions for many years. It originated with George Greenwade, was
60 updated for LaTeX&nbsp;2.09 by Stephen Gilmore, and for LaTeX2e by
61 Torsten Martinsen. None of these folks can continue work on the project.
62 The current maintainers are Vincent Bela&iuml;che, Karl Berry, and Jim
63 Hefferon.
64
65 <p>The goal is not to replace the major published books about LaTeX; that would
66 not be realistic. What is feasible, and what we intend, is to summarize
67 the features (commands, environments, options, etc.) of core LaTeX2e.
68 This information is reasonably available from the free LaTeX sources and
69 documentation, but is not especially easy to access from there.
70
71 <p>This manual is written
72 in <a href="https://www.gnu.org/software/texinfo/">Texinfo</a>, since
73 that provides an easy path to both HTML and PDF. However, we are happy
74 to accept new material in plain text, LaTeX, Docbook, or whatever format
75 (we will integrate it into the Texinfo source). Patches made with
76 <tt>diff&nbsp;-u</tt> are ideal, and with a ChangeLog entry is even more
77 ideal, but we'll take anything.
78
79
80 <h3>Translations</h3>
81
82 <p>The document is currently available in French, thanks to Vincent
83 Bela&iuml;che, and in Spanish, thanks to Nacho Pacheco. A new
84 maintainer for the Spanish is needed. Translations to additional
85 languages would also be most welcome.
86
87
88 <h3>Contributions wanted</h3>
89
90 <p>Reading through the document will turn up plenty of desirable
91 improvements. There is lots to do: not all the commands introduced in
92 LaTeX2e are present yet, default values are often missing, etc.
93 Searching for <tt>xx</tt> in the (sole) source
94 file <a href="latex2e.texi">latex2e.texi</a> will show some of the
95 areas that need work. More information is on
96 our <a href="writing.html">contributions guidelines page</a>.
97
98
99 <h3>Mailing lists</h3>
100
101 <p>Please email contributions or anything else to
102 latexrefman@tug.org (<a
103 href="http://lists.tug.org/latexrefman/">subscribe</a>,
104 <a href="http://tug.org/pipermail/latexrefman/">archive</a>).
105 Any bug reports, suggestions, or discussion of whatever sort are welcome
106 there.
107
108 <p>The other mailing list is latexrefman-commits@tug.org (<a
109 href="http://lists.tug.org/latexrefman-commits/">subscribe</a>,
110 <a href="http://tug.org/pipermail/latexrefman-commits/">archive</a>).
111 It gets a message for each commit to the Subversion repository (and no
112 other traffic).
113
114
115 <h3 id="license">License</h3>
116
117 <p>The license is the old-style GNU documentation license
118 (&ldquo;Permission is granted &hellip;&rdquo;). This is because that is
119 how the document was originally released, and one of the authors is
120 deceased. It is a free documentation license, compatible with most any
121 other reasonable license.
122
123
124 <br>
125 <p>Thanks to <a href="http://puszca.gnu.org.ua">puszcza.gnu.org.ua</a>
126 for hosting this <a
127 href="http://puszcza.gnu.org.ua/projects/latexrefman/">latexrefman
128 project</a>.
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