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(This file is public domain.)

This file describes the Eplain (expanded or extended plain, take your
pick) distribution.  The current version number is at the beginning and
end of eplain.tex, among other places.

See INSTALL for installation and basic usage hints.

eplain.tex is the macros.  This file is generated (by the Unix shell
scripts in the util/ directory) from xeplain.tex, btxmac.tex, arrow.tex,
and other files.  Unless you are hacking the macros, you should have no
need to regenerate the file; just use the one that's provided.  If you
do regenerate it, you will need a date program which understands the %B
format (GNU date does).

The doc subdirectory is documentation in various formats.

The files in the test subdirectory are of course for testing of various
features, but also provide some examples of usage.

The util subdirectory contains some useful scripts to help with "see"
and "see also" index entries, and making index entries with

The original Eplain macros and most of the manual are in the public
domain.  Other pieces are covered by other licenses);
see the file headers for specifics.  It is entirely free software.

Eplain was originally developed for the book TeX for the Impatient,
published by Addison-Wesley in 1990.  That book is now freely available,
from, along with a French



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README 1441 2013-09-30 20:49

Down­load the con­tents of this pack­age in one zip archive (1.4M).

eplain – Ex­tended plain tex macros

A pow­er­fully ex­tended ver­sion of the plain for­mat, adding sup­port for bib­li­ogra­phies, ta­bles of con­tents, enu­mer­ated lists, ver­ba­tim in­put of files, num­bered equa­tions, ta­bles, two-col­umn out­put, foot­notes, hy­per­links in PDF out­put and com­mu­ta­tive di­a­grams.

Eplain can also load some of the more use­ful LaTeX pack­ages, no­tably graph­ics, graph­icx, color, au­topict (a pack­age in­stance of the LaTeX pic­ture code), ps­frag, and url.

Pack­age De­tailseplain
Home page
Li­censeGNU Gen­eral Public Li­cense, ver­sion 2
Main­tainerKarl Berry
Oleg Kat­si­tadze (in­ac­tive)
Do­rai Si­taram (in­ac­tive)
Con­tained inTeXlive as eplain
MikTeX as eplain
Topics macros to build a for­mat
ex­ten­sions to Plain TeX for higher-level con­structs
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