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README for LuaTeX Snapshots

This directory contains a snapshot release of LuaTeX, 
an experimental pdfTeX extension that is to eventually 
become its successor. It is developed by a subset of the 
current pdfTeX team.

The snapshot code is NOT stable, it may not even compile
properly!  Features that are present today may be gone 
in tomorrow. There ARE bugs. You should NOT use this 
program for ANYTHING except testing!

LuaTeX uses Lua scripting both as an extension to the TeX 
macro language and as an extension to the typesetting 
engine itself. A (growing) number of TeX internals are 
made available to the embedded lua interpreter.

LuaTeX uses code and interfaces from Aleph to improve the 
typesetting of non-latin alphabet languages, instead of
the TeXXeT code present in the current releases of pdfTeX. 

Unicode and OpenType font support are added progressively,
and regular pdfTeX development will continue in this
branch as well.

The multi-lingual extensions are coded and merged by Taco 
Hoekwater. Swift progress in that area is made possible 
by a joint grant from Colorado State University and TUG, 
under the 'Oriental TeX' project.

Further documentation about LuaTeX can be found at 

We have a tracker running at 

A mailing list for users of LuaTeX is hosted by TUG,

A mailing list for the development of LuaTeX can be found 



Name Notes


Name Size Date Notes
COPYING 17982 2011-05-20 08:39:52
INSTALL 1298 2011-05-20 08:39:52
137199 2011-05-20 08:39:36 ==> /sys­tems/lu­a­tex/base/source/texk/we­b2c/lu­a­texdir/NEWS
README 1735 2011-05-20 08:39:52 5669 2011-05-20 08:39:52

Down­load the con­tents of this pack­age in one zip archive (10.7M).

lu­a­tex – The LuaTeX en­gine

LuaTeX is an ex­tended ver­sion of pdfTeX us­ing Lua as an em­bed­ded script­ing lan­guage. The LuaTeX project’s main ob­jec­tive is to pro­vide an open and con­fig­urable vari­ant of TeX while at the same time of­fer­ing down­ward com­pat­i­bil­ity.

LuaTeX uses Uni­code (as UTF-8) as its de­fault in­put en­cod­ing, and is able to use mod­ern (OpenType) fonts (for both text and math­e­mat­ics).

It should be noted that LuaTeX is still un­der de­vel­op­ment; its spec­i­fi­ca­tion has been de­clared sta­ble, but ab­so­lute sta­bil­ity may not in prac­tice be as­sumed.

Home pagehttp://lu­a­
Li­censeGNU Gen­eral Public Li­cense, ver­sion 2
Main­tainerTaco Hoek­wa­ter
Con­tained inTeXlive as lu­a­tex
MikTeX as mik­tex-lu­a­tex-bin-2.9
Topics TeX (or TeX-alike) type­set­ting en­gine
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