X-Symbol Overview Related Details Manual News »Project »Download

1. Introduction

When you edit LaTeX, HTML, BibTeX or TeXinfo sources in Emacs, package X-Symbol provides some kind of WYSIWYG by using real characters for tokens like \oplus or ™. It also provides various input methods to insert these characters. Thumbnails for included images and real super-/subscripts and are also supported.

1.1 X-Symbol's Copying Conditions: GPL  X-Symbol is GPL'd.
1.2 Brief Summary of X-Symbol  A brief summary of package X-Symbol.
1.3 About this Manual  About this manual.

1.1 X-Symbol's Copying Conditions: GPL

(This text is stolen from the TeXinfo manual, Edition 4.0).

The programs currently being distributed that relate to X-Symbol include Emacs Lisp files and X11 font files. These programs are free; this means that everyone is free to use them and free to redistribute them on a free basis. The X-Symbol related programs are not in the public domain; they are copyrighted and there are restrictions on their distribution, but these restrictions are designed to permit everything that a good cooperating citizen would want to do. What is not allowed is to try to prevent others from further sharing any version of these programs that they might get from you.

Specifically, we want to make sure that you have the right to give away copies of the programs that relate to X-Symbol, that you receive source code or else can get it if you want it, that you can change these programs or use pieces of them in new free programs, and that you know you can do these things.

To make sure that everyone has such rights, we have to forbid you to deprive anyone else of these rights. For example, if you distribute copies of the X-Symbol related programs, you must give the recipients all the rights that you have. You must make sure that they, too, receive or can get the source code. And you must tell them their rights.

Also, for our own protection, we must make certain that everyone finds out that there is no warranty for the programs that relate to X-Symbol. If these programs are modified by someone else and passed on, we want their recipients to know that what they have is not what we distributed, so that any problems introduced by others will not reflect on our reputation.

The precise conditions of the licenses for the programs currently being distributed that relate to X-Symbol are found in the General Public Licenses that accompany them.

1.2 Brief Summary of X-Symbol

If you prefer a more WYSIWYG-like document processor, you should probably use LyX or GNU TeXmacs. Here are some reasons why you would use Emacs/XEmacs with package X-Symbol instead:

1.3 About this Manual

Apart from this manual, there are two other sources of information about X-Symbol:

This manual is somewhere in between: it more detailed than the web pages and less technical than the online help. For example, when explaining some functionality, it states the default behavior, gives an impression of what can be customized, and it even lists all related user options, but it does not describes the technical format of possible values of each option.

If you want to learn something about X-Symbol's internals, e.g., if you want to define your own token language, see 7. X-Symbol Internals.

This manual does not explain Emacs in general or some optional programs used by this package such as convert (used to produce the image thumbnails). It also includes no installation instructions for those programs and the author of this package will not help you with the installation of those programs (sorry for that).

You do not have to learn this manual by heart before sending a question to the maintainer of X-Symbol, but you should give the impression that your really have tried to find the necessary information yourself and spend some time making your report precise. Before sending a problem report, please read 8.5 How to Send a Bug/Problem Report.

This document was generated by Christoph Wedler on December, 8 2003 using texi2html