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p is a Japanese version of , which runs on p (a engine with extensions for Japanese typesetting). This bundle provides the macros and settings needed to generate the p format (named "p") and some classes.

Note: This is a community edition maintained by Japanese Development Community, which forked from the original ASCII edition; see below.


This bundle is maintained on GitHub: https://github.com/texjporg/platex

If you have issues, please let us know from the page above.

Changes from the original ASCII edition

The macros were originally developed by ASCII Corporation (a publishing company in Japan). We, Japanese Development Community, have created a fork to work with the latest version of Live.

The original ASCII edition, p 2006/11/10, was based on p-3.1.10 and 2005/12/01. It can be obtained from the link below:

The community edition (this bundle) has the following advantages:

  • Fix several bugs in p format and packages.
  • Fix macros which are inconsistent with the latest p (e.g. footnote, tabular, parbox, underline).
  • Support 2015/01/01 and later versions.
  • Add platexrelease.sty. As with the latexrelease package, this package enables us to use the old versions of p (from 2006/11/10 the ASCII edition).

See the documents (platex.pdf, pldoc.pdf, platexrelease.pdf) for more information.


A brief exposition of p is provided in platex.pdf. The document can be obtained by executing the following commands:

platex platex.dtx
dvipdfmx platex.dvi

The comprehensive explanation of p source is included in pldoc.pdf. If you are interested in typesetting pldoc.tex yourself, the following commands will be helpful:

platex pldocs.ins
platex Xins.ins
sh mkpldoc.sh
dvipdfmx pldoc.dvi

Character encoding

All the text files containing Japanese characters in this repository are encoded in ISO-2022-JP. This is because ISO-2022-JP encoded texts are most suitable for the traditional p engine.


The bundle may be distributed and/or modified under the terms of the 3-clause BSD license (see LICENSE).

Release Date


Japanese Development Community

Download the contents of this package in one zip archive (2.1M).

platex – p and miscellaneous macros for p

The bundle provides p and miscellaneous macros for p and e-p.

This is a community edition forked from the original ASCII edition (ptex-texmf-2.5).

Version 2023-02-26
Licenses3-clause BSD License
2016–2023 Japanese Development Community
MaintainerKazuki Maeda
Japanese Development Community
TDS archiveplatex.tds.zip
Contained inTeX Live as platex
MiKTeX as platex
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