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README for TeXit v1.35.

This is just a slightly altered version of the first README file (for 
version 1.24).  See the CHANGES file for a list of new features.

TeXit is a Perl script for running TeX.  It has the following features:

  1) TeXit examines the log file produced by TeX and tries to determine
     when TeX needs to be run again in order to resolve references
     and citations.  

  2) TeXit is smart enough to run BibTeX, if necessary and can easily
     be told to run MakeIndex if necessary.

  3) After your document has been formatted, TeXit provides a menu that
     offers other options including: BibTeXing, Viewing, Viewing with
     Ghostview, Printing, and Cleanup.  Cleanup deletes the extra files
     that get created when you run TeX (aux, log, ilg, blg, etc.).

  4) TeXit remains "smart" about your document.  If you run BibTeX, for
     example, TeXit automatically reruns TeX.

  5) TeXit has lots of hooks for customization.  You can easily add new
     printer queues, new printer types, and new commands without editing
     the body of the script.  It's all done with init files.
     For example, here's how I add a "query printer" command to the

       # Adding a query printer option...
       $CMDPROMPT{"[q]uery printer"} = '&run("lpq -P%o", $opts); $REASK;';
       $CMDTEST{"[q]uery printer"} = '';

     (Allright, I admit it's a bit ugly to read, but it's nicer than
     having to modify the script!)

  6) You can add "TeXit rules" to a document to indicate that the document
     has unusual dependencies.  These rules are added in TeX comments at
     the bottom of your document (like Emacs `Local Variables' if you're 
     familiar with them).  For example, the following rule tells
     TeXit about your index:

       % &makeindex('-o driver.ind driver.idx')   
       %   if &missing('driver.ind') || &changed('driver.idx');

     When processing a document that contains this rule, TeXit will
     automatically re-run TeX if the file "driver.ind" does not exist
     or if "driver.idx" changes during a TeX run.

     This next rule handles a diagram created with TreeTeX.  If "texittr.tlo"
     changes or "texittr.tli" doesn't exist, TeXit will run the command
     indicated (which asynchronously runs a command on another workstation
     because TreeTeX doesn't build right for the workstation I usually use)
     and then wait for "texittr.tli" to spring into existence.

       % &run('treetex texittr'), &waitfor('texittr.tli')
       %     if &changed('texittr.tlo') || &missing('texittr.tli');

     Since this document creates some extra files, I push those onto the
     cleanup list so that TeXit will delete them when I'm done:

       % push(@cleanup_files, ('texittr.tli','texittr.tlo')) #
       %   if $first_time;

  7) The script is heavily commented and the author is pretty friendly about
     answering questions (even if I do say so myself ;-)

  8) I've banged out a few pages of documentation.  Hopefully the docs make
     it easier to use rather than harder, although I admit I was up pretty
     late writing them and I don't really have the time to do it well just
     at the moment.   

  9) It's free.
A lot of the features in TeXit were inspired by features in AUC-TeX.  Even
though AUC-TeX does most of these things, I find TeXit handy.  For one thing,
my machine at home is way too slow to run AUC-TeX, but it runs TeXit pretty
well (after Perl finishes compiling it, anyway ;-).

Lots of people have retreived it and I haven't had any complaints, so I
gather it works pretty well.

Obviously, you have to have Perl installed on your system to use this script.
Perl is pretty cool in its own right, so I recommend you go out and get it
if you don't already have it.

If you are interested in trying out TeXit, you can get it by anonymous ftp

If you try it, please let me know how you like it, or even if you like it. ;-)

                                                  Be seeing you...
Norman Walsh         | University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003
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