This bundle contains a package that I maintain to typeset dropped
capitals in a LaTeXe document.
It is subject to the LaTeX Project Public License.
for the details of that license.
Run (pdf)latex on lettrine.dtx to get the documentation (lettrine.dvi
or lettrine.pdf), then on lettrine.ins to strip the comments and create
If you wish, you can customize lettrine.cfg according to your needs.
Have a look at one of the PDF files, demo.pdf (in French), or
demo-de.pdf (in German) in the doc directory, to see how
different layouts for dropped capitals can be achieved.
You can also play with the source files demo.tex or demo-de.tex.
Have a look at lettrine.pdf in the doc directory, if you are interested
in the complete documentation and code.
Installation: this bundle is included in most TeX distributions, but
if you need to install it by yourself, a TDS compliant zip archive is
provided (lettrine.tds.zip). Just download that file , and unpack it
in your TDS directory (~/texmf for Unix-like systems). That's all! you
have got everything in place including documentation and sources.
On MikTeX/Windows, please use the very efficient management of updates
provided by MIkTeX.
Daniel Flipo, <firstname.lastname@example.org>
April, 23rd, 2008.
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contents of this directory in one zip archive
lettrine – Typeset dropped capitals
The lettrine package supports various dropped capitals styles,
typically those described in the French typographic books. In
particular, it has facilities for the paragraph text’s left edge
to follow the outline of capitals that have a regular shape (such
as “A” and “V”).