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