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The Lettrine bundle


This package is meant for typesetting dropped capitals in documents.


Have a look at one of the PDF files, lettrine-demo-fr.pdf (in French), lettrine-demo-de.pdf (in German) or lettrine-demo-lua.pdf in the doc directory, to see different layouts for dropped capitals. You can also play with the source files lettrine-demo-.tex.

Have a look at lettrine.pdf in the doc directory, if you are interested in the complete documentation and code.

If you wish, you can customize lettrine.cfg according to your needs.


Released under the Project Public License v1.3 or later See http://www.latex-project.org/lppl.txt for the details of that license.


This bundle is included in most distributions, but if you need to install it by yourself

  1. run luatex on lettrine.dtx to strip the comments and create lettrine.sty and lettrine.cfg;
  2. move all the files to the right' place:

Files lettrine.sty, lettrine.cfg, lettrine-.sty and .cfl go to to a directory searched by , typically $TEXMF/tex/latex/lettrine.

Files README, lettrine-demo, lettrine.pdf go to a doc directory, typically $TEXMF/doc/latex/lettrine.

Files lettrine.dtx goes to a source directory, typically $TEXMF/source/latex/lettrine


See the included manual lettrine.pdf, section "Change History".

Copyright 1999–2024 Daniel Flipo E-mail: daniel (dot) flipo (at) free (dot) fr

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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”).

Version2.61 2024-06-26
LicensesThe Project Public License 1.3
Copyright1999–2024 Daniel Flipo
MaintainerDaniel Flipo
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