Friday, September 10, 2010

New AFT release!

AFT development has dormant for about 1 year, so I decided to reboot it with a minor (experimental) release (5.098) that supports Indexing. This is mostly useful for LaTeX output. I'm not sure how useful the HTML output will be.

I've also started to clean up the Perl source for AFT.  I am currently reading the new edition of Effective Perl Programming and hope to apply more idiomatic Modern Perl conventions to the 14+ year old AFT sources.

As always, AFT is available through "sudo apt-get install aft" under Ubuntu (and Debian?). But to get this new release, go to the AFT website. (For a quick look at Indexing in action, look at the aft reference manual and scroll to the last page).


  1. Anonymous8:36 AM

    I've found hazardly this very good program, and may it become my preferred typesetting program! But I do need to know how to write LaTeX formulae in it... The manual wasn't so clear... could you help me?

  2. Pragmas should do the trick. Here is an example:

    #---SET-LaTeX frac1=\( \frac{y+z/2}{y^{2}+1} \)

    Here is a fraction: %frac1%.

    Here is another fraction:
    #---PASS-LaTeX \( \frac{x+y}{1 + \frac{y}{z+1}} \)

    Both ways work.

  3. I noticed that the old domain is gone and gone with it seems to be the only place to get the AFT markup guide. Is that something you can post? Also is there a way I can send you a private note? I have an interesting story about where AFT is still being used and why it's important to have the latest documentation.