[OS X TeX] (La)TeX packages important/worth to mention

Peter Dyballa Peter_Dyballa at Web.DE
Fri Dec 30 10:07:56 EST 2005


I am writing on a possible article for TUGboat, introducing the MacTeX  
package. One part should be to mention some packages in teTeX (not  
gwTeX). Right now I have:

   • \TeX{} Catalogue Online, \docs TCOBrowser or Internet browser  
   • FAQ from UK \TeX{} Users Groups, \docs uktug-faq, but also HTML  
   • microtype, micro-typographic extensions\footnote{these are  
\emph{character protrusion} and as an extra for \PS{} fonts only  
\emph{font expansion}} of pdf\-\TeX{}}, \docs microtype;
   • cmap.sty, to copy\,\&\,paste \TeX{} texts from a PDF viewer or  
search in them for non-US ASCII (compound) or mathematical characters  
   • \ConTeXt{}\footnote{\url{http://www.pragma-ade.com/}}, a \TeX{}  
dialect that allowing much more control on a document's design and  
mn.html}}, converts \TeX{} or \LaTeX{} sources to HTML, does not  
support all STYles, CLasseS, ENCodings, or fonts;
   • LCDF Typetools\footnote{\url{http://www.lcdf.org/type/}}, utilities  
to make use of in \emph{Compact Font Format (cff)} encoded \PS{} fonts  
in OpenType format (OTF), make a font's defined glyphs print out on  
test pages, handle multiple-master \PS{} fonts ...
   • CM-Super fonts, \PS{} substitutes for ''\TeX{}'' fonts;
   • Latin  
project_latinmodern/}}, \PS{} and OpenType look-alike substitutes for  
''\TeX{}'' fonts;
   • CB Greek, \PS{} fonts particularly to support teubner;
   • Music\TeX{}, \PS{} fonts to set sheet music, \docs musixdoc;
   • Antykwa  
antykwa_torunska/}}, \PS{} and OpenType fonts, \docs  
   • PSTricks\footnote{\url{http://www.tug.org/applications/PSTricks}},  
\PS{} tricks in \TeX, but pst-pdf.sty missing, ps4pdf script sort of  
substitute, \docs $\langle$too many specialised docs$\rangle$;
   • teubner, an extension for philological typesetting, \docs  
beamer\footnote{\url{http://sourceforge.net/projects/latex-beamer/}}, a  
\LaTeX{} class for producing beamer presentations, \docs  
   • prosper\footnote{\url{http://prosper.sourceforge.net/}}, to make  
slides in \LaTeX{}, \docs prosper-doc prosper-tour;
   • seminar\footnote{\url{http://tug.org/applications/Seminar}}, for  
producing slides and transparencies, \docs sem-user;
   • memoir, a flexible class for typesetting general fiction,  
non-fiction and mathematical works as books, reports, articles, or  
manuscripts, documents can use 9pt, 10pt, 11pt, 12pt, 14pt or 17pt,  
\docs memman;
   • \KOMAScript\footnote{\url{http://www.komascript.de/}}, \LaTeX{}  
classes to set articles, books, reports, and particularly letters,  
\docs scrguien;
   • hyperref, cross-referencing commands in LaTeX to produce some sort  
of hyper-text, \docs hyperref/manual;
   • xspace, used in macro definitions in text it adds a space unless  
particular punctuation is used, \docs xspace;
   • (x)keyval, (x)color, calc, url: you can't live without them any  
more, \docs calc keyval xkeyval xcolor;

What else should mentioned for newcomers? Which packages use their own  



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