ArabTeX Version 3
Last changes: Version 3.11d, October 23, 2003
There is a draft version of the new
Please note that this version is incomplete and still being updated.
Should you be an Orientalist, you might want to look at a small list of
The set of files, of which THIS file is supposed to be part of,
contains a package extending the capabilities of TeX/LaTeX to
generate the arabic writing from an ASCII transliteration for
texts in several languages using the arabic script. Several
other common encodings are also supported.
The package is available in packed form as
for PC users and
arabtex.tar.Z for *N*X users.
Depending on the server there may be also the unpacked files,
or only these.
In case of doubt, check for the latest version of
This file contains last minute corrections that possibly
are not yet contained in the packed files.
The following ASCII files give more detailed information:
There are also various additional documentation files.
||answers to some Frequently Asked Questions
(updated as necessary)
||release history, new features, and known bugs
(updated as necessary)
||release history up to version 3.00
||list of available files, and installation notes
||last minute corrections; put this file onto the TEXINPUT path;
it will patch automatically (updated as necessary).
The contents of a subdirectory "REPORT", if still present, are OBSOLETE.
Refer to the (draft of the)
user manual instead.
There was a prototype, ArabTeX Version 1, which is now OBSOLETE.
Version 2 was the first complete release accompanied by a manual,
but is no more being maintained.
Version 3 is an upward compatible extension of Version 2
with many new features, e.g. the possibility to read input files
in the ASMO 449, ISO 8859-6, and UTF-8 Codes,
and a host of new commands for better formatting of Arabic text,
or catering for historic writing styles.
Versions from 3.05 onward contain a package to process Hebrew,
and provide long right-to-left insertions.
For details, consult the manual.
ArabTeX is copyrighted by the author. If you use the system for
scientific work please give appropriate credit to the software
and the author (e.g. in the colophon of a monograph.) We also
appreciate a complimentary copy of any scientific work produced
ArabTeX may be redistributed and/or modified under the terms
of the LaTeX Project Public License distributed
from CTAN archives in the directory
either version 1 of the License,
or (at your option) any later version.
ArabTeX is an experimental system and supposed to change without
prior notice. Whoever will use it does so at her/his/its own risk.
We cannot take any responsibility on correct function, suitability
for whatever purpose, or correct documentation.
If you have any complaints or suggestions, please forward them to
We shall consider any reasonable suggestion,
but we will use our own judgment on changes,
and our resources are severely limited.
If problems turn up while running ArabTeX, please
at "ftp.informatik.uni-stuttgart.de" whether there is a new version,
or whether there are any new corrections in
If the problem goes away with the new version, please inform the
server you got ArabTeX from; otherwise
send a bug report
to the author.
The reference site
always holds the current version.
We know that the CTAN servers
mirror this site and update on a regular schedule.
An empty E-Mail message to
will produce a current status report.
Prof. Klaus Lagally
Institut fuer Formale Konzepte der Informatik
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