# Getting Started with reledmac/reledpar Package (Parallel Text)

I want to use the parallel text feature of the reledpar package with requires the reledmac as far as I understand.

I tried the very basic example from the documentation (reledpar, page 8) and I get an error message.

Before you want to compile my example make sure that your system is updated. The packages are pretty new.

\documentclass[]{scrbook}

\usepackage[]{reledmac}
\usepackage[]{reledpar}

\begin{document}

\begin{pairs}
\begin{Leftside}
Text left.
\end{Leftside}
%
\begin{Rightside}
Text right.
\end{Rightside}
\end{pairs}
\Columns

\end{document}


! Package reledpar Error: \Columns called without previous pairs environment.

The message is not good. But the problem is that you need \beginnumbering\pstart\pend\endnumbering, as explained in the handbook of reledpar §3, you need to use the reledmac numbering system.

\documentclass[]{scrbook}

\usepackage[]{reledmac}
\usepackage[]{reledpar}

\begin{document}

\begin{pairs}
\begin{Leftside}
\beginnumbering
\pstart
Text left.
\pend
\endnumbering
\end{Leftside}
%
\begin{Rightside}
\beginnumbering
\pstart
Text right
\pend
\endnumbering
\end{Rightside}
\end{pairs}
\Columns

\end{document}


See also the examples in reledmac distribution. Note that it is a duplicated of eledpar — parallel columns not being set

ps: the next version of reledmac/reledpar, normally published tomorrow, will have a more acute message.

• A \pend was missing, I changed the code accordingly. – Dr. Manuel Kuehner May 7 '16 at 12:58
• Thanks for the answer. The example code in the reledpar documentation (page 8) is not correct then? – Dr. Manuel Kuehner May 7 '16 at 12:59
• I have trouble to understand the true purpose of the reledmac/reledpar packages. Is there a (large/complex) example document available showing some of the features? – Dr. Manuel Kuehner May 7 '16 at 13:12
• @Maneul Kuehner: the code is shortened, because it explain only the parallel typesetting, not the numbering system, which you need to use it, as explained in § 3. And as explained in introduction of reledmac handbook, you have a "example" folder with many example of feature of the package. – Maïeul May 7 '16 at 16:55
• (re)ledmac's goal is to facilitate the production of criticial editions, especially the critical apparatus as produced traditionally by textual scholarship/philology. (re)ledpar extends this to parallel texts, usually source text and translation, but possibly also two (main) text witnesses. If this isn't what you are aiming at, there is a certain danger that you'll be hindered by the restrictions that (re)ledmac/par have imposed to achieve their main purpose, while many of their features will be superfluous for you. – Florian May 8 '16 at 10:45