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CatDVI v. 0.14                                    -*- Text -*-

This is a DVI to plain text converter.  The current version is a work
in progress; it may not be robust enough for production work, although
it does work fine for simple linear-text DVI files, and now even for
some more complex DVI files.

Please refer to the man page (man -l ./catdvi.1) or its plain text version,
catdvi.txt, for a discussion of what currently works and what doesn't.

Copyright 1999-2001 Antti-Juhani Kaijanaho
Copyright 1999 J.H.M. Dassen (Ray)
Copyright 2000-2002 Bjoern Brill
Copyright 1987-1999 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
Copyright Karl Berry, Olaf Weber and others (kpathsea library)

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
(the file COPYING) along with this program; if not, write to the
Free Software Foundation, Inc., 675 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA.

Compiling and Installing CatDVI

You need a hosted ISO C (1990) environment (almost every moderately modern
C compiler + toolchain should do) and the kpathsea library (included
with e.g. teTeX).

Detailed instructions can be found in INSTALL.

I want CatDVI to be as portable as possible, but can test it only under
GNU/Linux on x86. If you had to make changes to make it work on your
platform, please let me know. Code implementing font search without the
kpathsea library is also welcome.

Release Notes

New since v. 0.13:
  - More powerful layout algorithm with enhanced vertical positioning
    capabilities and better handling of sub- and superscripts in
    mathematical formulae.
  - New font encodings: all AMS fonts except the cyrillic ones.
  - Completed Blackboard font encoding.
  - Brought in line with Unicode 3.2.
  - Fixed false out of memory errors on some systems (e.g. AIX 4.2).
  - Several small fixes and improvements.

A brief summary of differences from older version can be found in NEWS,
and the full revision history is kept in ChangeLog.

Contact Information

  * The CatDVI project has a mailing list. To subscribe, visit

  * PLEASE REPORT ALL BUGS! Use the bug reporting form at
    or mail me directly, or use the project mailing list.

  * The project web page is at

  * Source can be downloaded at
    A reasonably up-to-date version will always be available at CTAN, in
    directory "dviware".
    CatDVI is also available in some versions of Debian GNU.

Please contact me if you have any problems with this program. I am also
interested in general feedback, e.g. platforms on which the program
works, what exactly you're using it for, or what additional features you
would like to see.

 -- Bjoern Brill <brill@fs.math.uni-frankfurt.de>  Sun, 17 Nov 2002 19:32:11 +0100

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catdvi – A DVI to plain text translator

A DVI to plain text translator capable of generating ASCII, Latin-1, Latin-9 and UTF-8 (Unicode) output, and recognising T1 and other encodings (as well as Knuth's original encodings and those of AMS and other fonts). Catdvi aims to become a superior replacement for the dvi2tty utility; the present version outperforms dvi2tty in some areas and is inferior to it in other areas.

LicensesGNU General Public License
MaintainerBjörn Brill
Antti-Juhani Kaijanaho
TopicsPlain text
DVI processor
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