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Re: [AUCTeX-devel] Re: CTAN update: preview
Re: [AUCTeX-devel] Re: CTAN update: preview
Sun, 11 Jun 2006 12:30:35 +0200
* David Kastrup (2006-06-10) writes:
> Ralf Angeli <address@hidden> writes:
>> For the upload of version 11.81 of the preview package at CTAN I
>> prepared special release notes which should be better suited for the
>> purpose than AUCTeX's release notes. Here is the content of the mail
>> I sent to CTAN in case somebody wants to use it in the future:
> To be honest, I don't completely remember what I actually sent to CTAN
> as an upload message. I am pretty sure that I did not actually send
> the AUCTeX release notes, but I might have had some sort of brain fry.
Summer is finally here! Hurray!
> We got preview/latex/README already: it would seem that your release
> notes are largely redundant when considering the preview-specific
> README. Maybe you should just see whether the README is missing
> anything important (if so, check it in), and we are going to use it in
> future as text for the CTAN submission as well.
How 'bout the following patch? I took most of the stuff from my
version because I found it to be more streamlined. Besides, I removed
some confusing references to preview-latex.
--- README 25 Sep 2005 10:22:39 +0200 1.10
+++ README 11 Jun 2006 12:23:14 +0200
@@ -1,39 +1,45 @@
-The preview.sty style file:
+The preview.sty style file
-This style file is part of the AUCTeX project with home page
-<URL:http://www.gnu.org/software/auctex>. The project page at
-<URL:http://savannah.gnu.org/projects/auctex> offers downloads and
-anonymous CVS access for cutting edge versions. It is part of
-AUCTeX's preview-latex module: since AUCTeX's download area at
-<URL:ftp://ftp.gnu.org/pub/gnu/auctex> is mirrored at
-CTAN:support/auctex, you can find preview-latex tarballs there, with
-separate README and INSTALL files. Older versions can be found at
-CTAN:support/preview-latex. Starting with AUCTeX 11.81, preview-latex
-will also be distributed as an integral part of AUCTeX, requiring no
-separate download. The unbundled preview.sty can be downloaded from
-CTAN:macros/latex/contrib/preview if required.
-While the primary focus of the package has been the support of editing
-in Emacs buffers augmented with preview images, its possible uses are
-not limited to that. The package extracts indicated pieces from a
-source file (typically displayed equations, figures and graphics) and
-typesets with their base point at the (1in,1in) magic location,
-shipping out the individual pieces on separate pages without any page
-markup. You can produce either DVI or PDF files, and options exist
-that will set the page size separately for each page. In that manner,
-further processing (as with Ghostscript or dvipng) will be able to
-work in a single pass.
-A flexible and convenient interface allows it to specify what commands
-and constructs should be extracted.
+The main purpose of the preview package is the extraction of selected
+elements from a LaTeX source, like formulas or graphics, into separate
+pages of a DVI file. A flexible and convenient interface allows it to
+specify what commands and constructs should be extracted. This works
+with DVI files postprocessed by either Dvips and Ghostscript or
+dvipng, but it also works when you are using PDFTeX for generating PDF
+Current uses of the package include the preview-latex package for
+WYSIWYG functionality in the AUCTeX editing environment, generation of
+previews in LyX, as part of the operation of the ps4pdf and pst-pdf
+packages, the tbook XML system and some other tools.
Note: as opposed to previous versions, the \nofiles command is no
longer called automatically except in AUCTeX mode. If you are working
on original files and don't want to clobber the auxiliary files,
you'll need to call \nofiles yourself.
-To install the preview style file on its own without fetching the
-entire preview-latex package, run
+The preview package is being developed along and distributed with
+AUCTeX. It can therefore be obtained as part of AUCTeX distribution
+files available at <URL:ftp://ftp.gnu.org/pub/gnu/auctex/> or its
+mirror at <CTAN:support/auctex>. CTAN also provides a standalone
+version at <CTAN:macros/latex/contrib/preview>. The project page at
+<URL:http://savannah.gnu.org/projects/auctex/> offers downloads and
+anonymous CVS access for cutting edge versions. For more information
+about the preview package please refer to the home page of AUCTeX at
+To install the preview style file on its own without the entire AUCTeX
If preview.ins happens to be missing, you can regenerate it by running
@@ -49,10 +55,12 @@
documentation and have fun.
The license of the original file is the GPL which you'll find a copy
-of in the complete preview-latex distribution. The complete
-preview-latex distribution will also unpack and install the respective
-LaTeX files with an autoconf-supported mechanism, so you might
-consider using that.
+of in the complete AUCTeX distribution. The distribution will also
+unpack and install the respective LaTeX files with an
+autoconf-supported mechanism, so you might consider using that.
Please report problems to <URL:mailto:address@hidden>, including a
small example file which uses the \listfiles statement, and the