What are the differences between efrench and frenchb? Are they compatible with one another (for example the use of \og and fg in frenchb)?

Why is efrench not in TeXLive even though its documentation claims that it is prioritary over frenchb when calling \usepackage[french]{babel}?

  • In the (rather difficult to find) documentation, one sees that B. Gaulle rants about ostracism by the TeX community. I'd say that "efrench" is a substitute for Babel frenchb, but I don't know to what extent; the doc claims it has \og and \fg.
    – egreg
    Sep 11, 2011 at 19:47
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    It's not in TeX Live because it hasn't a free license.
    – egreg
    Sep 11, 2011 at 21:49
  • Ah! That doesn't help for sure (and might very well weight in the balance as far as choosing which one to use...)!
    – raphink
    Sep 11, 2011 at 21:56
  • efrench does have a free licence -- lppl (what's more, it says so in the index.html); this ought to be good enough for it to be in tl, so i'll have a word with karl Sep 12, 2011 at 11:41
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    karl berry (a) thinks the package too confused to go into tl, and (b) has noticed more than one licence statement in the bundle; i have mailed the maintainers of efrench, and they tell me they have a plan to sort it all out; this may take some time... Sep 16, 2011 at 15:18

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frenchb was the original babel language package for French localization. As an alternative, Bernard Gaulle created the FrenchPro package (also known as french).

Beginning 1999, the FrenchPro package was marketed as shareware, and Bernard Gaulle alone owner of all rights. He died Aug. 2nd 2007. His wife Catherine Gaulle, the heiress, gave authorization in that matter to the eFrench group in order to maintain the whole work in the future.

The package is now (under the name e-french) on CTAN (from where the quote above comes), as announced some days ago.

The package should find its way in TeX Live in a short time, as the new license is LPPL.

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