# CTAN update: babel

Date: May 3, 2018 3:04:20 PM CEST
Javier Bezos López submitted an update to the babel package. Version number: 3.20 2018-05-02 License type: lppl1.3 Summary description: Multilingual support for Plain TeX or LaTeX Announcement text:
New === - ini files with the field digits.native define \<language>digits and \<language>counters. \arabic can be redefined to use native digits. - Fix - mapfont in bidi=basic didn't take into account combining marks (eg, Arabic vowels). - Fix - A bug introduced in 3.19, which sometimes reversed text in \hbox'es. - Fix for luatex 1.07 - An internal change in luatex broke bidi at 'automatic' hyphens. - Fix for latest latex - babel.ins raised an error.
The package's Catalogue entry can be viewed at http://www.ctan.org/pkg/babel The package's files themselves can be inspected at http://mirror.ctan.org/macros/latex/required/babel/base
Thanks for the upload. For the CTAN Team Erik Braun
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## babel – Multilingual support for LaTeX, LuaLaTeX, XeLaTeX, and Plain TeX

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 250 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 3.69 2021-12-30 Copyright 1989–2012 Johannes Braams et al.2012–2021 Javier Bezos and Johannes L. Braams Maintainer Javier Bezos LópezJohannes L. Braams (inactive)

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