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Lout Version 3.08 now available

From: Jeff Kingston
Subject: Lout Version 3.08 now available
Date: Wed, 08 May 1996 20:55:19 +1000

Greetings to everyone on the Lout mailing list.  Version 3.08
of Lout (a new stable version) is now available.  See the
attached blurb for details.

In two days I will be travelling to Nottingham, UK for some
well-earned sabbatical leave.  There will be a few days
delay in my responses to email while I travel, settle in,
get an account, etc.  Please continue sending to address@hidden
at least for a while; it will be forwarded.

Meanwhile I would appreciate reports of successful installations
of Version 3.08.  It differs from 3.07 only in a few minor bug

Jeff Kingston


Version 3.08 of the Lout document formatting system is now available
(free of charge).  The system reads a high-level description of a
document similar in style to LaTeX and produces a PostScript file which
can be printed on many laser printers and graphic display devices.  Plain
text output is also available.

Lout offers an unprecedented range of advanced features, including
optimal paragraph and page breaking, automatic hyphenation, PostScript
EPS file inclusion and generation, equation formatting, tables, diagrams,
rotation and scaling, sorted indexes, bibliographic databases, running
headers and odd-even pages, automatic cross referencing, multilingual
documents including hyphenation (most European languages are supported,
including Russian), formatting of C/C++ programs, and much more, all
ready to use.  Furthermore, Lout is easily extended with definitions
which are very much easier to write than troff of TeX macros because
Lout is a high-level language, the outcome of an eight-year research
project that went back to the beginning.

Lout is written in highly portable ANSI C.  It is distributed under the
GNU public license as follows:


In other words, in a gzipped tar file called "lout.3.08.tar.gz" in the
"jeff/lout" subdirectory of the home directory of "ftp ftp.cs.usyd.edu.au"
with login name "ftp" or "anonymous" using any non-empty password.  The
comp.sources.misc newsgroup is an alternative source of Lout
distributions.  The distribution contains

  *  Complete C source code

  *  Standard library packages of definitions for ordinary documents,
     technical reports, books, overhead transparencies, stand-alone
     illustrations, plain text documents, equations, tables, diagrams,
     graphs, C and C++ program formatting, and Pascal

  *  Complete documentation for all these features consisting of a
     User's Guide plus an Expert's Guide

  *  A makefile and installation instructions

For those who want to browse first, a PostScript version of the User's
Guide may be found in file "lout.3.08.user.ps.gz" in the same ftp directory.

Lout was designed and implemented by Jeffrey H. Kingston (address@hidden)
of the Basser Department of Computer Science at the University of Sydney.

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