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Chapter 14. LaTeX Package Documentation ... > 14.1. doc—Documenting LaTeX and othe...

14.1. doc—Documenting LaTeX and other code

The idea of integrated documentation was first employed by Donald Knuth when he developed the TeX program using the WEB system, which combines Pascal-like meta source code and documentation. Thanks to his approach, it was particularly easy to port TeX and its companion programs to practically any computer platform in the world.

Subsequently, authors of LaTeX packages started to realize the importance of documenting their LaTeX code. Many now distribute their LaTeX macros using the framework defined with the doc package (by Frank Mittelbach) and its associated DOCSTRIP utility (originally by Frank Mittelbach with later contributions by Johannes Braams, Denys Duchier, Marcin Woliński, and Mark Wooding). We should mention at this point that there exists an experimental reimplementation with new features and a cleaner and streamlined interface written by Lars Hellström. It is currently distributed as xdoc2, indicating that this is a frozen (and therefore usable) snapshot of work in progress; the final version will be called xdoc.


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