1 Introduction to AUCTeX ************************ This section of the AUCTeX manual gives a brief overview of what AUCTeX is, and the section is also available as a `README' file. It is *not* an attempt to document AUCTeX. Real documentation for AUCTeX is available in the rest of the manual, which you can find in the `doc' directory. Read the `INSTALL' or `INSTALL.windows' file respectively for information about how to install AUCTeX. The files comprise the same information as the Installation chapter in the AUCTeX manual. If you are upgrading from the previous version of AUCTeX, the latest changes can be found in the `CHANGES' file. If you are upgrading from an older version, read the History chapter in the AUCTeX manual. AUCTeX is a comprehensive customizable integrated environment for writing input files for TeX/LaTeX/ConTeXt using GNU Emacs. AUCTeX lets you run TeX/LaTeX/ConTeXt and LaTeX/ConTeXt-related tools, such as a output filters or post processor from inside Emacs. Especially `running LaTeX' is interesting, as AUCTeX lets you browse through the errors TeX reported, while it moves the cursor directly to the reported error, and displays some documentation for that particular error. This will even work when the document is spread over several files. AUCTeX automatically indents your `LaTeX-source', not only as you write it -- you can also let it indent and format an entire document. It has a special outline feature, which can greatly help you `getting an overview' of a document. Apart from these special features, AUCTeX provides a large range of handy Emacs macros, which in several different ways can help you write your LaTeX/ConTeXt documents fast and painlessly. All features of AUCTeX are documented using the GNU Emacs online documentation system. That is, documentation for any command is just a key click away! AUCTeX is written entirely in Emacs-Lisp, and hence you can easily add new features for your own needs. It was not made as part of any particular employment or project (apart from the AUCTeX project itself). AUCTeX is distributed under the `GNU Emacs General Public License' and may therefore almost freely be copied and redistributed. The next sections are a short introduction to some `actual' features. For further information, refer to the built-in online documentation of AUCTeX. 1.1 Availability ================ The most recent version is always available at `http://ftp.gnu.org/pub/gnu/auctex/' WWW users may want to check out the AUCTeX page at `http://www.gnu.org/software/auctex/' 1.2 Contacts ============ There has been established a mailing list for help, bug reports, feature requests and general discussion about AUCTeX. You're very welcome to join. Traffic average at an article by day, but they come in bursts. If you are only interested in information on updates, you could refer to the newsgroups `comp.text.tex' and `gnu.emacs.sources'. If you want to contact the AUCTeX mailing list, send mail to <email@example.com> in order to join. Articles should be sent to <firstname.lastname@example.org>. To contact the current maintainers of AUCTeX directly, email <email@example.com>.