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Following XEmacs Manuals are available for browsing on the XEmacs Website and all its mirrors worldwide:

XEmacs Info Manuals in PDF format


The following documents are available in PDF format (with permuted indices) for both US Letter and A4 sized paper:

Programming in Emacs Lisp, an Introduction (emacs-lisp-intro) [Letter] [A4]
XEmacs Internals Manual (internals) [Letter] [A4]
XEmacs Lisp Reference Manual (lispref) [Letter] [A4]
Getting Started With XEmacs (new-users-guide) [Letter] [A4]
XEmacs Users Manual (xemacs) [Letter] [A4]

If you would like to download documents in Postscript or DVI format, please do so directly via FTP from <http://ftp.xemacs.org/pub/xemacs/docs/> or, if you are behind a firewall, via HTTP from <http://ftp.xemacs.org/docs/>.

The Texinfo source files are bundled with the XEmacs source tarball, and a wide variety of tools are available from the GNU Project and third party developers to format them in almost any way imaginable.

Download a PDF Reader

There are several PDF readers which are freely available for download.

  • We recommend Aladdin or GNU Ghostscript. A user-friendly interface is provided by gv (for X11) or Ghostview (for Windows). Ghostscript also provides the capability to create PDF files from Postscript sources, as well as a complete, robust Postscript interpreter.
  • Another contender is xpdf, which is more user-friendly and compact, but has less overall capability. (Not for Windows.)

PDF Problems?

Older versions of Adobe Acrobat are known to be incapable of reading certain standard-conformant PDF files.

Following versions of Adobe Acrobat have been reported to be able to read the PDF files provided here:

  • Acrobat Reader 4.0 (4.05.1103 09:34) on Windows 2000 Professional (danish version)
  • Acrobat Reader 4.0 (0408 05:21) on Windows 98 SE4.10.2222 A
  • Acrobat Reader 4.0 0513 09:57 on Windows NT 4.0 (Build 1381: Service Pack 6)
  • Acrobat Reader 5.0 on Windows 98 [Version 4.10.2222]
  • Acrobat 5.0.5 on Windows XP
  • Acrobat 5.0.5 on MacOS X (ver. 10.1.5)
  • Acrobat 5.0.6 on GNU/Linux
  • Acrobat 5.0.1 of 3/27/2001 on Windows XP Professional

The standard free PDF readers (Ghostscript, gv, and xpdf) do not have these limitations. Ghostscript, at least, is available for the Windows platform.

Unfortunately, both versions of Ghostscript prior to about 6.21 (ie, still in beta) and current versions of pdflatex emit such files (some of the problems were fixed in Aladdin Ghostscript's 6.0 release). There's not much we can do about it until updated versions of PDF writing software that cater to Acrobat's idiosyncracies become generally available. In particular, pdflatex (which we use for generating preformatted versions of Texinfo documents) still generates such files.

Additional documentation

More recent material can be found in the FAQ or the Releases files. The following might also be useful:


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