CTAN package update: the UK TeX FAQ
ctan-ann at dante.de
Fri Jun 30 15:46:27 CEST 2006
I am pleased to announce version 3.16 of the UK TeX FAQ; it has been
installed at the Cambridge node, and should be somewhere near you
The FAQ is LaTeX-oriented, but has a fair amount aimed to help and
interest Plain TeX users. Users of other macro packages may not find
it terribly helpful (but then, Context users always have
I append the changes file below.
For the CTAN team
Changes in version 3.16
These are changes from 3.15a, which incorporated a couple of
minor corrections made on the day 3.15 was uploaded
Label chngmargonfly: changing the document's margins "on the fly"
Label doc-wiki: catalogue of known tex-related WIKIs
Label fonts-pln: "sophisticated" font selection macros in Plain TeX
Label gutter: the problem with two-sided document margins
Label marginmanual: setting up the document's margins "by hand"
Label marginpkgs: packages for setting up the document's margins
Label matchbrak: matching "" in optional arguments, etc.
Label newfont: why shouldn't I use \newfont in LaTeX?
Label poster: summary of the inadequate state of support for posters
Label repeatgrf: repeated graphics in documents
Label whatbst: choosing a BibTeX style
Label whatpdftex: "PDFTeX has entered the mainstream" (actually, it did some
time ago, but I've now "recognised" that in the FAQ)
Label pdftex: I think pdftex is no longer "research" -- see label whatpdftex
Label ant: correct home page reference
Label changemargin: rehashed as intro and list of links to (new)
"instruction" answers marginpkgs, marginmanual
Label complist: mention multenum package
Label cv: europecv has improved, and there's a new class moderncv
Label dvipsgraphics: extend discussion of bitmap graphics in dvips
Label drawing: correct URL for pstricks site
Label findfiles: remove mention of the (long dead) quote site index,
add the catalogue bytopic.html
Label fmtconv: troff-to-latex no longer available
Label newfunction: mention \operatorname command
Label labundef: mention labelcas package
Label labelfig: mention iTe editor, correct URL on pstricks page
Label man-tex: correct URL for Andy Roberts' page
Label man-latex: add Chris Harrison's web manual
Label rotating: mention rotfloat package
Label seccntformat: correction of suggested code
Label secthead: remove 2.09 font commands from "simple" example
Label struttab: mention new cellspace package
Label texsystems: mention w32tex (from japan) -- capable of being a "minimal"
Label tutbitslatex: correct URL for the pTeX description, add link to Smith's
"LaTeX for logicians"
Label usepictex: correct stuff about mathspic package
Label verbwithin: make clear problems apply to verbatim environment, too
Label xetex: simplify the answer (the details are all on the web
site, anyway), and mention the new linux port
LaTeX ``...'' quotes in the source used to be converted to the ascii
double-quote character in the HTML; this is changed to use the HTML
entities for "typographic" quotes (similarly for single quotes and
A minor change to html generation has been made, inserting paragraph
elements after block quotes: this makes CSS-controlled display more
regular (a CSS sheet is used in the code generated for the new CGI
engine -- see below).
Building the FAQ now requires e-TeX (or rather [pdf-]e-LaTeX); this
should not be a problem unless your TeX distribution is a bit aged.
This release is wildly overdue (even making allowance for my
extended illness). If I can find the time to do so, I intend in
future to release anything that's available, around the end of each
month. Full releases, with batches of new questions, may still be
long delayed, but I hope not.
Coming up (still):
I have a far more efficient CGI engine for serving answers to the web;
those of a strong constitution may view the experimental testbed at:
It is missing a search engine, various links and topping and tailing
of answers; it uses Cambridge University's "default" CSS sheet in a
non-standard way; and, crucially it lacks **SUPPORT**. I welcome
suggestions for improving the way I do things, but I can't claim it
will always work.
Mechanisms whereby I can point to the CTAN catalogue from FAQ
answers remains as a "background task"; I suggested several ways
(last time) in which such links would be valuable.
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