# CTAN update: babel

Date: February 17, 2018 11:58:42 AM CET
Javier Bezos López submitted an update to the babel package. Version number: 3.18 2018-02-14 License type: lppl1.3 Summary description: Multilingual support for Plain TeX or LaTeX Announcement text:
Changes
- More bidi in luatex: captions (required only in multilingual docs) and tabular (required for R tables). Also an experimental support for captions in xetex and pdftex (tabular is not yet supported). - New ini files: ar-DZ, ar-MA, ar-SY - Fix - \begin{hyphenrules} didn't work with polyglossia. - Fix - switch.def was loaded twice.
Thanks for the upload. For the CTAN Team Manfred Lotz We are supported by the TeX user groups. Please join a users group; see http://www.tug.org/usergroups.html .

## babel – Multilingual support for Plain TeX or LaTeX

This package manages culturally-determined typographical (and other) rules for a wide range of languages. A document may select a single language to be supported, or it may select several, in which case the document may switch from one language to another in a variety of ways.

Babel uses contributed configuration files that provide the detail of what has to be done for each language. Included is also a set of ini files for about 200 languages.

Many language styles work with pdf, as well as with XeLaTeX and Lua, out of the box. A few even work with plain formats.

 Package babel Version 3.45 2020-06-10 Copyright 1989–2012 Johannes Braams et al.2012–2020 Javier Bezos and Johannes L. Braams Maintainer Javier Bezos LópezJohannes L. Braams (inactive)

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