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AUCTeX 11.55 released

From: David Kastrup
Subject: AUCTeX 11.55 released
Date: Fri, 04 Feb 2005 20:40:03 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/21.3.50 (gnu/linux)

The following message is a courtesy copy of an article
that has been posted to comp.text.tex,comp.emacs as well.

Most important: current users of XEmacs-21.4.16 should _not_ try
AUCTeX-11.55 until they have updated to XEmacs-21.4.17 (expected to be
released this weekend).  Earlier versions of XEmacs are not affected.

Release notes for AUCTeX 11.55

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, preview-latex,
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, and
intelligent indentation and filling of the text during entry.

Interfaces in this release remain a moving target with the
documentation lagging somewhat.  We need volunteers in particular for
non-programming tasks: documentation writing, tutorials, translations,
reference material, sleuth work, testing.

New features and fixed bugs in this release

AUCTeX 11.55 includes fixes for the following bugs:

  * Erroneous insertion of trailing whitespace during filling.

  * Unwanted display of *Compile-Log* buffer when the first LaTeX file
    in an Emacs session is loaded.

  * `File mode specification error: (error "Variable binding depth
    exceeds max-specpdl-size")' if an outdated Emacspeak package is
    installed.  But since both Emacs and XEmacs contain a correct
    version of `regexp-opt.el', simply removing any such file within
    your copy of Emacspeak appears safer.

More detailed information can be found in the CHANGES file included in
the distribution or the "Changes" section in the manual.

IMPORTANT: Many of the new features in the 11.5x 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.


It is required that you use at least GNU Emacs 21 or XEmacs 21.4 with
AUCTeX.  Support for Emacs 20 has been dropped in favor of getting
more important work done.  For XEmacs, you need 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 because of non-trivial
changes in easy-mmode.el: please use the XEmacs package system for
upgrading if necessary.  The current developers don't have the
resources for providing backward compatibility to earlier versions.
Warning: release 21.4.16 of XEmacs is severely broken.  This leads to
crashes and hangs; since AUCTeX 11.55 is more likely to trigger this
problem than previous AUCTeX releases, don't upgrade it if you can't
use a different XEmacs version.


AUCTeX can be downloaded from <URL:>.
There are tarballs, and RPMs for Fedora and SuSE (for Emacs).  A
separate directory contains some stuff from the tarball, such as
ChangeLog, printable manuals, 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:>, including its mailing list

Future development and additional information

AUCTeX is proceeding as a GNU project with the long-term intent of
merging it into Emacs (and merging with preview-latex
<URL:> soon).  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 <mailto:address@hidden>.  While
Paypal contributions are appreciated, 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, David Kastrup, Frank Küster, Jan-Åke Larsson, Dan
Nicolaescu, Piet van Oostrum, Davide G. M. Salvetti, Mike Sperber,
Reiner Steib, Christian Schlauer, Shiro Takeda (Please accept our
apologies if we forgot somebody.)

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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