[tex-live] final TL'10 update imminent

Zdenek Wagner zdenek.wagner at gmail.com
Wed May 25 16:07:31 CEST 2011

2011/5/25 Robin Fairbairns <Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk>:
> Zdenek Wagner <zdenek.wagner at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Long ago we developed the babel module for Hindi but I did not contact
>> the LaTeX team to put it to babel. The Velthuis Devanagari package
>> contains both hindi.ins and hindi.dtx (as well as generated hindi.pdf)
>> in the "doc" directory and generated hindi.ldf in the "tex input"
>> directory. The users thus must edit language.dat in order to enable
>> it. What would be the best scenario to get this module to babel?
> there is no "best scenario" :-(
> in detail: we don't have a maintainer for babel, and even if we had,
> there are procedural issues with getting on with it.  my view is that
> the best your team (and other similar ones) can do is to proceed as
> others have, writing "something that works with babel", and when _we_
> (latex project) can, we will integrate what you have done.
> however, uploading what you already have, to replace the stuff in
> ctan:language/devanagari/velthuis (which dates from 2006 or so) might
> enable us to get a view of what needs doing.  (or is that not "the"
> velthuis devanagari package you speak of?)
Yes, it is exactly this package (I cannot believe that we got no bug
report or feature request for 6 years). All files necessary for babel
are in the package. It is only necessary to add the following line to
language.dat (if Hindi is selected):

hindi zerohyph.tex

It may then be better to move the generated hindi.ldf to the "doc"
directory for these reasons:
1. Babel might generate slightly different version and havig two
similar (or almost similar) files along TEXINPUT may confuse users
2. If somebody for some reason has an old babel without hindi.ldf, the
file will still be present and could be copied manually. Some users
may be unable to run docstrip.

> robin
> ctan maintainer, latex team member

Zdeněk Wagner

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