CTAN update: preview

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Fri Jun 9 11:54:15 CEST 2006

On Thu, 8 Jun 2006, David Kastrup submitted version 11.83 of the



Location on CTAN: macros/latex/contrib/preview
License: gpl

Thanks for the update.

 > Release notes for AUCTeX 11.83 with preview-latex
 > =================================================
 > AUCTeX provides by far the most wide-spread and sophisticated
 > environment for editing LaTeX, TeX, ConTeXt and Texinfo documents with
 > Emacs or XEmacs.  Combined with packages like RefTeX, flyspell and
 > others it is pretty much without peer as a comprehensive authoring
 > solution for a large variety of operating system platforms and TeX
 > distributions.  It supports document-dependent completion and syntax
 > highlighting, easily accessible menus, jumping to error locations in
 > the source file, a number of editing shortcuts, intelligent
 > indentation and filling of text during entry, and WYSIWYG previews of
 > graphical elements like math formulas right in the Emacs source
 > buffer, by virtue of its preview-latex component.
 > One part of the preview-latex subsystem is the central `preview.sty'
 > file that is independently useful for a number of applications and is
 > available in unbundled form from CTAN.[1]
 > Interfaces and installation procedures in this release remain a moving
 > target.  If you feel you need to consult third-party installation
 > instructions for some reason, be sure that they refer to the same
 > version of AUCTeX as you are installing.  For installing AUCTeX
 > itself, the installation instructions in the AUCTeX package should be
 > preferred.
 > AUCTeX needs volunteers in particular for non-programming tasks:
 > documentation writing, tutorials, translations, reference material,
 > sleuth work, testing.
 > New features and fixed bugs in this release
 > -------------------------------------------
 > The new function `TeX-doc' provides easy access to documentation about
 > commands and packages or information related to TeX and friends in
 > general.  It is accessible with the key binding `C-c ?'  or the `Find
 > Documentation...' entry in the mode menus.
 > You can now get rid of generated intermediate and output files by
 > means of the new `Clean' and `Clean All' entries in `TeX-command-list'
 > accessible with `C-c C-c' or the Command menu.
 > Support for forward search with PDF files was added.  That means you
 > can jump to a place in the output file corresponding to the position
 > in the source file.  Currently this only works if you use the pdfsync
 > LaTeX package and xpdf as your PDF viewer.  The accuracy is in the
 > range of +/-1 page.
 > Adding support for this feature required the default value of the
 > variable `TeX-output-view-style' to be changed.  Please make sure you
 > either remove any customizations overriding the new default or
 > incorporate the changes into your customizations if you want to use
 > this feature.
 > The error parsing of AUCTeX as well as preview-latex now deals with
 > -file-line-error type messages from newer web2c versions (earlier
 > versions would omit the traditional error context, which will not
 > work).
 > The LaTeX tool bar is now enabled by default.
 > A problem in preview-latex in connection with XyMTeX has been fixed.
 > IMPORTANT: Many of the new features in the 11.x series rely on special
 > properties in the variable `TeX-command-list' and will not work if you
 > customized this variable for a pre-11.5x release of AUCTeX.  If this
 > is the case for you, please re-initialize the variable by erasing the
 > customization, thereby setting the variable to the new default, and
 > re-adding your changes afterwards.
 > Requirements
 > ------------
 > It is required that you use at least GNU Emacs 21 or XEmacs 21.4.
 > XEmacs requires at least version 1.84 of the xemacs-base package
 > (released on 01/27/2004) or a sumo tarball dated 02/02/2004 or newer
 > for compiling AUCTeX: please use the XEmacs package system for
 > upgrading if necessary.  Warning: release 21.4.16 of XEmacs is
 > severely broken.  This leads to crashes and hangs; don't use it.
 > The preview-latex subsystem requires image support.  This is available
 > with GNU Emacs 21.3 under the X window system.  For Windows[2], MacOS
 > Carbon[3] or native GTK+ toolkit support[4], a developer version[5] of
 > GNU Emacs (to be released as 22.1) is definitely required.  A recent
 > developer version of GNU Emacs appears like the best choice even on
 > X11, however.  If you prefer XEmacs-21, it will work in version
 > 21.4.10 or later.
 > You'll also need a working LaTeX installation and Ghostscript.
 > dvipng[6] (version 1.4 or later: teTeX-3.0 works, TeXlive2004 not), a
 > very fast dvi converter, can be used to speed up the conversion.
 > Availability
 > ------------
 > AUCTeX can be downloaded in various formats from
 > <URL:ftp://ftp.gnu.org/pub/gnu/auctex/>.  At release time, we provide
 > the source tarball, source and binary RPMs for Emacs under Fedora
 > and SUSE, and a platform-independent XEmacs package file (which you
 > have to install yourself using XEmacs' own package system, after using
 > it for removing the previous version of AUCTeX).  There are also RPMs
 > just for installing the LaTeX part of preview (AUCTeX itself does not
 > need them, but possibly other applications).  The easiest way for
 > using AUCTeX, of course, is using versions of Emacs that already
 > include AUCTeX (check the footnotes below).
 > RPMs with minor version 1 are built from the spec file in the tarball which
 > should work on both SUSE as well as Fedora.  The source RPMs should also work
 > for rebuilding RPMs on other RPM-based distributions.  (We have only tested
 > SUSE and Fedora, though.)
 > The XEmacs package file can be discerned by `pkg' in its name.  It is
 > usually more recent and functional than what gets distributed from
 > XEmacs servers and as part of the Sumo tarball.
 > A separate directory for each release contains some stuff from the
 > tarball, such as ChangeLog, printable manuals, and a reference sheet.
 > The download area is mirrored to the directory support/auctex on CTAN.
 > AUCTeX is licensed under the GNU General Public License version 2.
 > You'll find more information at the web site of AUCTeX
 > <URL:http://www.gnu.org/software/auctex/>, including its mailing list
 > addresses.
 > Future development and additional information
 > ---------------------------------------------
 > AUCTeX is proceeding as a GNU project with the long-term intent of
 > merging it into Emacs.  For that reason, all new contributors need to
 > assign copyright to their contributions to the FSF (the usual
 > procedure for Emacs contributors).  The same holds for past
 > contributors.  The principal authors and maintainers have already done
 > so, but it would require a diligent and diplomatic volunteer to find
 > and ask the rest.
 > Current project manager is David Kastrup.  Paypal contributions to
 > <URL:mailto:auctex at gnu.org> would be appreciated in order to
 > compensate for time, money and hardware required for presenting AUCTeX
 > at conferences.  Extensions may be commissioned: enquire on the
 > developer list (see above).  Other than that, volunteering for tasks
 > remains the most effective way of helping AUCTeX development.
 > The following people contributed to this release series (in
 > alphabetical order): Ralf Angeli, Masayuki Ataka, Thomas Baumann,
 > Berend de Boer, Miguel Frasson, Peter S. Galbraith, Patrick Gundlach,
 > Yvon Hevel, Arne Jørgensen, David Kastrup, Ikumi Keita, Frank Küster,
 > Jan-Åke Larsson, Dan Nicolaescu, Piet van Oostrum, Davide
 > G. M. Salvetti, Mike Sperber, Reiner Steib, Christian Schlauer, Shiro
 > Takeda, Mark Trettin (Please accept our apologies if we forgot
 > somebody.)
 > Footnotes: 
 > [1]  <URL:ftp://ftp.dante.de/tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/preview/>
 > [2]  You can get a precompiled version of CVS Emacs for Windows e.g. at
 > <URL:http://ourcomments.org/Emacs/EmacsW32.html>.  A version with
 > AUCTeX preinstalled can be found at
 > <URL:ftp://alpha.gnu.org/gnu/auctex/>.
 > [3]  Precompiled versions of Emacs for Mac OS X can be found e.g. at
 > <URL:http://yaced.sf.net/> (including AUCTeX) and
 > <URL:http://homepage.mac.com/zenitani/emacs-e.html>.
 > [4]  Debian provides precompiled GTK+ Emacs packages in its `unstable'
 > distribution (look for `emacs-snapshot-gtk').  Packages for Fedora can
 > be found at <URL:http://people.redhat.com/petersen/emacs/>.
 > [5]  If making use of the precompiled variants is not an option for
 > you, instructions for checking out the CVS version straight from the
 > GNU's mouth can be found at
 > <URL:http://savannah.gnu.org/cvs/?group=emacs>
 > [6]  dvipng is available via its project page
 > <URL:http://savannah.nongnu.org/projects/dvipng> and from CTAN.

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  Rainer Schöpf

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