-Release notes for AUCTeX 11.84 with preview-latex
+Release notes for AUCTeX 11.54
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.
+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.
-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.
-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
-AUCTeX needs volunteers in particular for non-programming tasks:
-documentation writing, tutorials, translations, reference material,
+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
-There have been problems with the `-without-texmf-dir' option to
-`configure' when the value of `-with-kpathsea-sep' was set or
-determined for an installation system with a default different from
-that of the runtime system. `with-kpathsea-sep' has been removed; the
-setting is now usually determined at runtime.
+AUCTeX 11.54 is mainly a bug-fix release which takes care of problems
+introduced by new features in the 11.5x series, like the overlays-at
+bug in XEmacs and some performance issues with font locking and
+filling, but also other, long-standing issues, like broken
+fontification of verbatim environments.
-Due to this and other problems, preview-latex in the released XEmacs
-package failed under Windows or with anything except recent 21.5
+Besides bug-fixes some new features crept in. Font locking can now be
+customized to a great extent and support for the LaTeX packages url,
+listings, jurabib and csquotes was added. The parser now understands
+additional commands common in LaTeX packages and classes, like
-AUCTeX and preview-latex have been changed in order to accommodate
-file names containing spaces. preview-latex now tolerates bad
-PostScript code polluting the stack (like some Omega fonts).
+Two new sections were added to the manual. The section "Quick Start"
+gives a short introduction for beginners and serves as a starting
+point for diving into the more sophisticated chapters of the manual
+once one is acquainted with the basic workings of AUCTeX. The section
+"Font Locking" describes syntax highlighting in AUCTeX and its
-`preview.sty' had in some cases failed to emit PostScript header
-Support for folding of comments was added.
-The `polish' language option of the babel LaTeX package as well as the
-`polski' LaTeX package are now supported. Most notably this means
-that AUCTeX will help to insert quotation marks as defined by
-polish.sty ("`..."') and polski.sty (,,...'').
-There has been quite a number of bug fixes to various features and
-documentation across the board, most critical probably the tool bar.
-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.
+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.
-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.
+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.
-The preview-latex subsystem requires image support. This is available
-with GNU Emacs 21.3 under the X window system. For Windows, MacOS
-Carbon or native GTK+ toolkit support, a developer version 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
-You'll also need a working LaTeX installation and Ghostscript.
-dvipng (version 1.4 or later: teTeX-3.0 works, TeXlive2004 not), a
-very fast dvi converter, can be used to speed up the conversion.
-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.
+AUCTeX can be downloaded from <URL:ftp://ftp.gnu.org/pub/gnu/auctex/>.
+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:http://www.gnu.org/software/auctex/>, 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. 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
+merging it into Emacs (and merging with preview-latex
+<URL:http://preview-latex.sourceforge.net/> probably next year). 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:email@example.com> 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.
+Current project manager is David Kastrup <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>. 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, Joshua Buhl, Miguel Frasson, Peter S. Galbraith,
-Patrick Gundlach, Yvon Hevel, Arne J�rgensen, David Kastrup, Ikumi
-Keita, Frank K�ster, Jan-�ke 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
- 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
- Precompiled versions of Emacs for Mac OS X can be found e.g. at
-<URL:http://yaced.sf.net/> (including AUCTeX) and
- 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/coldwell/bugs/emacs/176171/>.
- 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
- dvipng is available via its project page
-<URL:http://savannah.nongnu.org/projects/dvipng> and from CTAN.
+Berend de Boer, Miguel Frasson, Peter S. Galbraith, Patrick Gundlach,
+Yvon Hevel, David Kastrup, Frank K�ster, Jan-�ke 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.)