A.2 Changes and New Features
News since 11.87
AUCTeX now supports Biber in conjunction with biblatex in addition to
Each AUCTeX mode now has its own abbrev table. On Emacsen which
provide the possibility to inherit abbrevs from other tables, the
abbrevs from the Text mode abbrev table are available as well. Newly
defined abbrevs are written to the mode-specific tables, though.
The file ‘tex-fptex.el’ was removed.
Forward/backward search for Evince has been improved. If Emacs is
compiled with DBUS support and a recent Evince version (3.x) is
installed, the communication goes over the desktop bus instead of the
command line, resulting in more accurate positioning of point in Emacs
and highlighting of the target paragraph in Evince.
A problem where Ghostscript threw an /invalidfileaccess error when
running preview-latex was fixed.
A lot of smaller fixes and additions have been made.
News in 11.86
Parsing of LaTeX output was improved. It is now less likely that
AUCTeX opens a non-existent file upon calling
a problem for example encountered when using MiKTeX 2.8. In addition
quoted file names as emitted by MiKTeX are now supported.
A new framework for the definition and selection of viewers was
implemented. If you have customizations regarding viewers you will have
to redo them in this new framework or reenable the old one.
See Starting Viewers, for details.
Comprehensive editing support for PSTricks was added.
Support for various LaTeX packages was added, e.g. ‘tabularx’,
‘CJK’, and ‘hyperref’.
An easy way to switch between TeX engines (PDFTeX, LuaTeX,
XeTeX, Omega) was added.
Support for SyncTeX was added. This involves the command line
options for LaTeX and the viewer.
Folding can now be customized to use macro arguments as replacement
‘preview.sty’ now works with XeTeX.
A lot of smaller and larger bugs have been squashed.
News in 11.85
Font locking has been improved significantly. It is now less prone to
color bleeding which could lead to high resource usage. In addition it
now includes information about LaTeX macro syntax and can indicate
syntactically incorrect macros in LaTeX mode.
The license was updated to GPLv3.
Support for the nomencl, flashcards and comment LaTeX packages as
well as the Icelandic language option of babel were added.
Support for folding of math macros was added.
Lots of minor bugs in features and documentation fixed.
News in 11.84
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LaTeX-mark-section now marks subsections of a given section as
well. The former behavior is available via the prefix argument.
preview-latex which was previously available separately became a
subsystem of AUCTeX. There is no documented provision for building
or installing preview-latex separately. It is still possible to use
and install AUCTeX without preview-latex, however.
The installation procedures have been overhauled and now also install
startup files as part of the process (those had to be copied manually
previously). You are advised to remove previous installations of
AUCTeX and preview-latex before starting the installation
procedure. A standard installation from an unmodified tarball no longer
requires Makeinfo or Perl.
Also note that the way AUCTeX is supposed to be activated changed.
(require 'tex-site) you should now use
"auctex.el" nil t t). While the former method may still work, the new
method has the advantage that you can deactivate a preactivated
AUCTeX with the statement
(unload-feature 'tex-site) before
any of its modes have been used. This may be important especially for
Support for the babel LaTeX package was added.
Folding a buffer now ensures that the whole buffer is fontified before
the actual folding is carried out. If this results in unbearably long
execution times, you can fall back to the old behavior of relying on
stealth font locking to do this job in the background by customizing the
Folded content now reveals part of its original text in a tooltip or the
echo area when hovering with the mouse pointer over it.
The language-specific insertion of quotation marks was generalized. The
LaTeX-italian-quote-after-quote are now obsolete. If you are not
satisfied with the default settings, you should customize
Similar to language-specific quote insertion, AUCTeX now helps you
with hyphens in different languages as well.
See European, for details.
Fill problems in Japanese text introduced in AUCTeX 11.55 were fixed.
AUCTeX tries not to break lines between 1-byte and 2-byte chars.
These features will work in Chinese text, too.
The scaling factor of the fontification of sectioning commands can now
be customized using the variable
This variable was previously called
this release we provide an alias but this will disappear in one of the
the next releases. The faces for the sectioning commands are now called
font-latex-sectioning-N-face (N=0…5) instead of
font-latex-title-N-face (N=1…4). Analogously
the names of the variables holding the related keyword lists were
See Font Locking, for details.
Make sure to adjust your customizations.
Titles in beamer slides marked by the “\frametitle” command are know
displayed with the new face
font-latex-slide-title-face. You can
add macros to be highlighted with this face to
Of course a lot of bugs have been fixed.
News in 11.55
A bug was fixed which lead to the insertion of trailing whitespace
during filling. In particular extra spaces were added to sentence
endings at the end of lines. You can make this whitespace visible by
setting the variable
you want to delete all trailing whitespace in a buffer, type M-x
A bug was fixed which lead to a ‘*Compile-Log*’ buffer popping up
when the first LaTeX file was loaded in an Emacs session.
On some systems the presence of an outdated Emacspeak package lead to
the error message ‘File mode specification error: (error "Variable
binding depth exceeds max-specpdl-size")’. Precautions were added which
prevent this error from happening. But nevertheless, it is advised to
upgrade or uninstall the outdated Emacspeak package.
The value of
TeX-macro-global is not determined during
configuration anymore but at load time of AUCTeX. Consequently the
associated configuration option ‘--with-tex-input-dirs’ was
Support for the LaTeX Japanese classes ‘jsarticle’ and
‘jsbook’ was added.
News in 11.54
The parser (used e.g. for
TeX-auto-generate-global) was extended
to recognize keywords common in LaTeX packages and classes, like
“\DeclareRobustCommand” or “\RequirePackage”. Additionally a bug
was fixed which led to duplicate entries in AUCTeX style files.
Folding can now be done for paragraphs and regions besides single
constructs and the whole buffer. With the new
command content can both be hidden and shown with a single key binding.
In course of these changes new key bindings for unfolding commands where
introduced. The old bindings are still present but will be phased out
in future releases.
Info files of the manual now have a .info extension.
There is an experimental tool bar support now. It is not activated by
default. If you want to use it, add
(add-hook 'LaTeX-mode-hook 'LaTeX-install-toolbar)
to your init file.
The manual now contains a new chapter “Quick Start”. It explains the
main features and how to use them, and should be enough for a new user
to start using AUCTeX.
A new section “Font Locking” was added to the manual which explains
syntax highlighting in AUCTeX and its customization. Together with
the sections related to folding and outlining, the section is part of
the new chapter “Display”.
Keywords for syntax highlighting of LaTeX constructs to be typeset in
bold, italic or typewriter fonts may now be customized. Besides the
built-in classes, new keyword classes may be added by customizing the
variable ‘font-latex-user-keyword-classes’. The customization
options can be found in the customization group
Verbatim content is now displayed with the ‘fixed-pitch’ face. (GNU
Syntax highlighting should not spill out of verbatim content
anymore. (GNU Emacs only)
Verbatim commands like ‘\verb|...|’ will not be broken anymore
You can customize the completion for graphic files with
Support for the LaTeX packages ‘url’, ‘listings’,
‘jurabib’ and ‘csquotes’ was added with regard to command
completion and syntax highlighting.
Performance of fontification and filling was improved.
Insertion of nodes in Texinfo mode now supports completion of existing
Setting the variable
nil now means that you
will not be prompted for the float position of figures and tables. You
can get the old behaviour of
nil by setting the variable to
"", i.e. an empty string.
See also Floats.
The XEmacs-specific bug concerning
overlays-at was fixed.
Lots of bug fixes.
News in 11.53
The LaTeX math menu can include Unicode characters if your Emacs
built supports it. See the variable
Bug fixes for XEmacs.
Completion for graphic files in the TeX search path has been added.
start is used for the viewer for MiKTeX and fpTeX.
TeX-fold-preserve-comments can now be customized to
deactivate folding in comments.
News in 11.52
Installation and menus under XEmacs work again (maybe for the first
Fontification of subscripts and superscripts is now disabled when the
fontification engine is not able to support it properly.
Bug fixes in the build process.
News in 11.51
PDFTeX and Source Special support did not work with ConTeXt,
this has been fixed. Similar for Source Special support under Windows.
Omega support has been added.
Bug fixes in the build process.
TeX-fold now supports folding of environments in Texinfo mode.
News in 11.50
The use of source specials when processing or viewing the document can
now be controlled with the new
TeX-source-specials minor mode
which can be toggled via an entry in the Command menu or the key binding
C-c C-t C-s. If you have customized the variable
TeX-command-list, you have to re-initialize it for this to work.
This means to open a customization buffer for the variable by typing
M-x customize-variable RET TeX-command-list RET, selecting
“Erase Customization” and do your customization again with the new
The content of the command menu now depends on the mode (plain TeX,
LaTeX, ConTeXt etc.). Any former customization of the variable
TeX-command-list has to be erased. Otherwise the command menu
and the customization will not work correctly.
Support for hiding and auto-revealing macros, e.g. footnotes or
citations, and environments in a buffer was
You can now control if indentation is done upon typing <RET> by
customizing the variable
Limited support for
files) was added. The new docTeX mode provides functionality for
editing documentation parts. This includes formatting (indenting and
filling), adding and completion of macros and environments while staying
in comments as well as syntax highlighting. (Please note that the mode
is not finished yet. For example syntax highlighting does not work yet
For macro completion in docTeX mode the AUCTeX style files
‘doc.el’, ‘ltxdoc.el’ and ‘ltx-base.el’ were included.
The latter provides general support for low-level LaTeX macros and
may be used with LaTeX class and style files as well. It is
currently not loaded automatically for those files.
Support for ConTeXt with a separate ConTeXt mode is now included.
Macro definitions for completion are available in Dutch and English.
The filling and indentation code was overhauled and is now able to
format commented parts of the source syntactically correct. Newly
available functionality and customization options are explained in the
Filling and indentation in XEmacs with preview-latex and activated
previews lead to the insertion of whitespace before multi-line previews.
AUCTeX now contains facilities to prevent this problem.
TeX-master is set to
t, AUCTeX will now query for a
master file only when a new file is opened. Existing files will be left
alone. The new function
TeX-master-file-ask (bound to C-c
_ is provided for adding the variable manually.
Sectioning commands are now shown in a larger font on display devices
which support such fontification. The variable
font-latex-title-fontify can be customized to restore the old
appearance, i.e. the usage of a different color instead of a change in
nicefrac.sty was added.
Credits go to the authors mentioned in the respective AUCTeX style
Inserting graphics with C-c RET \includegraphics RET was improved.
See the variable
nil, don’t prompt for
position arguments in Tabular-like
environments, see Tabular-like.
Completion for available packages when using C-c RET \usepackage
RET was improved on systems using the kpathsea library.
The commenting functionality was fixed. The separate functions for
commenting and uncommenting were unified in one function for paragraphs
and regions respectively which do both.
Syntax highlighting can be customized to fontify quotes delimited by
either >>German<< or <<French>> quotation marks by changing the variable
Certain TeX/LaTeX keywords for functions, references, variables
and warnings will now be fontified specially. You may add your own
keywords by customizing the variables
If you include the style files ‘german’ or ‘ngerman’ in a
document (directly or via the ‘babel’ package), you should now
LaTeX-german-quote-after-quote instead of
TeX-quote-after-quote if you want to
influence the type of quote insertion.
Upon viewing an output file, the right viewer and command line options
for it are now determined automatically by looking at the extension of
the output file and certain options used in the source file. The
behavior can be adapted or extended respectively by customizing the
You can control whether
TeX-insert-macro (C-c RET) ask for
all optional arguments by customizing the variable
TeX-run-discard is now able to completely detach a process that
The build process was enhanced and is now based on
making installing AUCTeX a mostly automatic process. See
Installation and Installation under MS Windows
News in 11.14
Many more LaTeX and LaTeX2e commands are supported.
Done by Masayuki Ataka <firstname.lastname@example.org>
News in 11.12
Support for the KOMA-Script classes.
Contributed by Mark Trettin <Mark.Trettin@gmx.de>.
News in 11.11
News in 11.10
comment-region now inserts %% by default.
Suggested by "Davide G. M. Salvetti" <email@example.com>.
News in 11.06
You can now switch between using the ‘font-latex’ (all emacsen),
the ‘tex-font’ (Emacs 21 only) or no special package for font
TeX-install-font-lock for this.
News in 11.04
Now use -t landscape by default when landscape option appears.
Suggested by Erik Frisk <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
News in 11.03
Use ‘tex-fptex.el’ for fpTeX support.
Contributed by Fabrice Popineau <Fabrice.Popineau@supelec.fr>.
News in 11.02
New user option
LaTeX-top-caption-list specifies environments
where the caption should go at top.
Contributed by email@example.com (Masayuki Ataka).
Allow explicit dimensions in ‘graphicx.sty’.
Contributed by firstname.lastname@example.org (Masayuki Ataka).
Limited support for ‘verbatim.sty’.
Contributed by email@example.com (Masayuki Ataka).
Better support for asmmath items.
Patch by firstname.lastname@example.org (Masayuki Ataka).
More accurate error parsing.
Added by David Kastrup <David.Kastrup@t-online.de>.
News in 11.01
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