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Thursday, May 26 2022

Quickref 4.0 beta 1 "The Aftermath" is released

Dear all,

as previously announced, I have released the first Quickref version compatible with Declt 4.0 (which is now at beta 2) and which is going to keep track of the development over there. Because Declt 4 is currently considered in beta state, so is Quickref 4 for the time being.

There are a number of important changes in this new major version of the library. Not much interesting from the outside is an infrastructure overhaul which improves the parallel support. The index generation code has also been rewritten to benefit from the recent changes in Declt. Slightly more interesting from the outside is an improvement of the self-documenting aspects of the public interface when used interactively, along with more usage correctness checks. Also, the build environment has been upgraded to Debian Bullseye.

But the most critical change, of course, is the name for the 4.x series. In compliance with the general theme (Iron Maiden songs), and because Quickref 4 is meant to closely follow the brave new Declt version, I thought "Brave New World" would be nice. On the other hand, as Declt wanders through its uncharted 4.0 beta territory, Quickref 4 is likely to suffer the consequences, so perhaps "The Aftermath" is more appropriate...

Anyway, the Docker images are up to date, and so is the Quickref website, currently documenting 2110 Common Lisp libraries.


Monday, March 16 2020

TFM 1.1 "Carolingan Miniscules" is released

I'm happy to announce the release of TFM version 1.1 "Carolingan Miniscules". TFM is a TeX Font Metrics parser library for Common Lisp.

This release provides support for font scaling and freezing. Scaling is done, as in TeX, by overriding the font's design size, all other dimensions remaining relative to it. Freezing, on the other hand, converts all relative dimensions into absolute ones, potentially saving a lot of run-time arithmetic computation.

Get it at the usual place.

Wednesday, October 9 2019

TFM 1.0 "Artificial Uncial" is released

I'm happy to announce the first stable version of TFM, a TeX Font Metrics parser for Common Lisp. TFM is the standard font description format used by TeX. The TFM library parses and decodes TFM files into an abstract data structure, providing easy access to the corresponding font information. Get it here.

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