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Description
===========

GNU a2ps is an Any to PostScript filter.  Of course it processes plain
text files, but also pretty prints quite a few popular languages.

Its slogan is precisely `` Do The Right Thing '', which means that
though it is highly configurable, everything was made so that a novice
user can do complicated PostScript manipulations.  For instance, it
has the ability to delegate the processing of some files to other
filters (such as groff, texi2dvi, dvips, gzip etc.), what allows a
uniform treatment (n-up, page selection, duplex etc.) of heterogeneous
files.

As an example:

| $ a2ps mill.1.ps.gz a2ps.gif NEWS a2ps.texi index.html -o demo.ps
| [mill.1.ps.gz (compressed, delegated to Gzip-a2ps): 17 pages on 9 sheets]
| [a2ps.gif (gif, delegated to ImageMagick): 3 pages on 2 sheets]
| [NEWS (plain): 12 pages on 6 sheets]
| [a2ps.texi (texinfo, delegated to texi2dvi): 89 pages on 45 sheets]
| [index.html (html, delegated to Netscape): 13 pages on 7 sheets]
| [Total: 132 pages on 66 sheets] saved into the file `demo.ps'

Want to print a LaTeX file in Duplex?

| $ a2ps paper.tex -s2 -P margot
| [paper.tex (tex, delegated to texi2dvi): 33 pages on 9 sheets]
| request id is margot-129 (standard input)
| [Total: 34 pages on 9 sheets] sent to the printer `margot'

(Bibtex, makeindex, and latex were run as many times as needed.)

Or maybe you want to print the documentation as a booklet?

| $ a2ps -P margot -=book doc/a2ps.texi
| [doc/a2ps.texi (texinfo, delegated to texi2dvi): 109 pages on 109 sheets]
| request id is margot-128 (standard input)
| [Total: 109 pages on 109 sheets] sent to the printer `margot'

It supports a wide number of encodings, and a very good handling of
Latin 2-6 should be noted, thanks to Ogonkify (by Juliusz Chroboczek
<jec@dcs.ed.ac.uk>).  Needed fonts are automatically downloaded.  The
interface is internationalized, the output is customizable and there
are as many options as users had wishes (table of content, headings,
virtual page layout etc. etc.).

The documentation has been carefully crafted for both novices and
experts.  It is meant to bring light on most questions you have, and
includes a glossary.

Contributions
=============

Some goodies are provided in the package:
 - card     pretty prints `--help' from programs
 - fixnt    fixes Windows NT PostScript files (thanks to Holger Bauer)
 - fixps    fixes most common problems in PostScript files
 - pdiff    prints a comparison between two files
 - psmandup eases Duplex printing on Simplex printers
 - psset    inserts special PostScript requests (ManualFeed etc.)

The full distribution of Ogonkify, by Juliusz Chroboczek, is also
included.  Ogonkify let's you fix deficient Latin 2-6 support in
popular applications' PostScript (Netscape, StarOffice...).


Downloading
===========

GNU a2ps can be found on its web page:

	http://www.inf.enst.fr/~demaille/a2ps/

There is also a mailing list set up to discuss around a2ps.  To
subscribe, send a mail to <a2ps-request@gnu.org> with `subscribe' in
its body.  Contributions of any kind are most welcome!

Please do *not* use this address to report bugs, use <bug-a2ps@gnu.org>.


Version 4.13
============

 * Options:
   - It can no longer happen that --version and --help fail.
   - Fixed the reversed reading of the argument of --truncate.
   - --which, reports the full file name of library files.
   - --glob, globs in the library.
 * Predefined User Options
   - pdf
     `a2ps -=pdf foo' creates foo.pdf.  Uses Adobe Distiller, or
     Ghostscript's ps2pdf.  The fake printer `pdf' is also available.
     Contributed by Manfred Schwarb.
   - simplex and s1
     Forces a2ps to issue a `Simplex' request.  `a2ps -s1' (currently)
     only tells a2ps *not* to issue a Duplex request.
   - display
     Wrapper around the pseudo printer `display' requiring colored
     output, one up.
 * Encodings:
   - ISO 8859-13.
 * Contributions:
   - Ogonkify supports ISO-8859-13 (thanks to Dariusz Ramanauskas).
   - Ogonkify supports the Euro glyph.
   - pdiff and card
     a2ps options are now to be given after `--'.  For instance
       pdiff old new -- -1 -P display
   - fixps
     stops smashing blank lines.
 * Style sheets:
   - asn1.ssh, thanks to Philippe Coucaud.
   - autoconf.ssh
   - awk.ssh, thanks to Edward Arthur.
   - b.ssh, thanks to Philippe Coucaud.
   - bc.ssh
   - cidl.ssh, CORBA IDL, thanks to Bob Phillips.
   - cxx.ssh is the new name for C++ (formerly cpp.ssh).
   - cpp.ssh, CPP.
   - haskell.ssh, thanks to Ilya Beylin.
   - js.ssh, JavaScript, thanks to Scott Pakin.
   - lout.ssh, thanks to Jean-Baptiste Nivoit.
   - maple.ssh, thanks to Richard J Mathar.
   - mly.ssh, CAML Yacc, thanks to Jean-Baptiste Nivoit.
   - ocaml.ssh, thanks to Markus Mottl.
   - pov.ssh, thanks to Jean-Baptiste Nivoit.
   - sed.ssh
   - sml.ssh, Standard ML, thanks to Franklin Chen.
   - shell.ssh, ancestors for *sh.ssh.
   - vba.ssh, Visual Basic for Applications, thanks to Dirk Eddelbuettel.
   - tiger.ssh, related to the toy language of the books
     "Modern Compiler Implementation", by Andrew W. Appel
     http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~appel/modern/
   - xs.ssh, Perl XS, thanks to Kestutis Kupciunas.
 * The syntax of sheets.map is improved
 * Regexp are now `egrep' and `Perl' like, and no longer `Emacs' like.
   Before some characters had to be backslashed to denote the
   operators.  Now, it is just the opposite.  For instance before
   `\\(' and `\\)' used to be the grouping operator and `(' and `)'
   were standing for the characters parentheses; while now it is the
   converse.
   Affected characters are `(', `)', `|', `{', and `}'.
   Make sure to update your own style sheets.
 * Error Signaling
   - Failing compilations of regexp in style sheets now report the filename
     and line where the error occured.
 * Delegations
   - File names with spaces are correctly processed.
   - MetaFont and MetaPost thanks to Scott Pakin.
   - The TeX delegations no longer remove the local DVI file.
 * Number of wrapped lines
   Is reported if the variable `cfg.wrapped' is set (which is the default).
 * Prologues
   - fixed.pro uses only fixed size fonts, in order to preserve the
     indentation.
   - ul.pro underlines where italics are expected.  Meant to print
     formatted man pages.
 * Wrapped lines
   The number of lines which were wrapped is reported.
   Contributed by Scott Pakin.


Authors
=======

a2ps is written by akim@freefriends.org and Miguel.Santana@st.com.  We
hope you'll enjoy it!

--
Akim & Miguel