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Typesetting system, an alternative to (La)TeX

Lout is a document formatting system similar in style to LaTeX, i.e. it works with mark-up files - plain text files containing commands to control the formatting.

Lout offers a very full range of features, including * PostScript, PDF, and plain text output * 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.

Lout may be extended by writing definitions which are much simpler than the equivalent troff or TeX macros.

Lout has several advantages over (La)TeX. It is much smaller, and it is much easier to understand how to do things in Lout (including writing definitions) than in TeX or LaTeX. Lout's PostScript output is very small and clean.

However, it is much less widely used than (La)TeX, so there are fewer add-on definition packages for Lout than for (La)TeX and fewer local experts around to ask about problems. You are unlikely to find many Lout documents floating around the 'net.

Package version:3.39-1


Lout-related software form elsewhere

This directory contains information about software related to
Lout but not distributed with Lout.  For various practical
reasons, such as size, licenses, version control, etc., it was
considered better not to bundle this with Lout itself.  This
directory is maintained by Jeff Kingston, but he exercises no
editorial control


lout for Debian

Please note that, unlike the upstream default, Debian's lout package is
compiled to use safe execution (disabling all calls to system(3)).

 -- J.H.M. Dassen (Ray) <>, Sat, 11 Mar 2000 14:53:36 +0100


to do: manually created links

PDF backend instructions and notes

By Vincent Tan


To create a PDF file from your Lout files, use the -Z switch.


$ lout -Z < all > outfile.pdf

[lout -PDF is now an alternative - JeffK]
If the file has previously been processed by Lout, you should first
delete all the ".ld" and ".l


LOUT(1)                                                      LOUT(1)

       lout - prepare L


PRG2LOUT(1)                                              PRG2LOUT(1)

       prg2lout - conve


lout (3.39-1) unstable; urgency=low

  * New upstream release.
  * [debian/source/format] Added - sw


This work was packaged for Debian by:

    J.H.M. Dassen (Ray) <> on Sat, 11 Mar 2

Browse inside lout_3.39-1_powerpc.deb

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