README for LuaTeX Snapshots
This directory contains a snapshot release of LuaTeX,
an experimental pdfTeX extension that is to eventually
become its successor. It is developed by a subset of the
current pdfTeX team.
The snapshot code is NOT stable, it may not even compile
properly! Features that are present today may be gone
in tomorrow. There ARE bugs. You should NOT use this
program for ANYTHING except testing!
LuaTeX uses Lua scripting both as an extension to the TeX
macro language and as an extension to the typesetting
engine itself. A (growing) number of TeX internals are
made available to the embedded lua interpreter.
LuaTeX uses code and interfaces from Aleph to improve the
typesetting of non-latin alphabet languages, instead of
the TeXXeT code present in the current releases of pdfTeX.
Unicode and OpenType font support are added progressively,
and regular pdfTeX development will continue in this
branch as well.
The multi-lingual extensions are coded and merged by Taco
Hoekwater. Swift progress in that area is made possible
by a joint grant from Colorado State University and TUG,
under the 'Oriental TeX' project.
Further documentation about LuaTeX can be found at
We have a tracker running at http://tracker.luatex.org
A mailing list for users of LuaTeX is hosted by TUG,
A mailing list for the development of LuaTeX can be found