Who manages babel now? It is said on CTAN that Johannes L. Braams is no longer active on this package. I'd like to contribute babel's support for Russian in LuaLaTeX.

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    As far as I know J. Braams is still the maintainer but not very responsive. But you actually don't need contact: Simply put your ldf on CTAN and other will able to use it with \usepackage[your_new_ldf_name]{babel}. (You should naturally use a name which isn't already in use.). Commented Oct 8, 2011 at 15:27
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    note that ctan's view may differ from the latex project's view; what ctan sees is requests for updates and no responses. Commented Oct 8, 2011 at 19:30
  • @Ulrike: I need one more advice. My new code contains characters in unicode encoding. I am afraid that unicode might break some old compilers like emtex. So it is more safe to put new code into a separate file but it has its own drawback (I would prefer to have "2 in 1"). Which way would you recommend? Commented Oct 9, 2011 at 12:51
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    Last time I checked babel was a core part of LaTeX, so its supported by the LaTeX project. Commented Oct 9, 2011 at 14:58
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    Well neither old (emtex) nor newer 8-bit-compilers (pdftex) will have a problem to read an utf8 file - they will simply split the input in 8-bit-pieces. But the question is if the processing gives a sensible result e.g. when the main document uses e.g. \usepackage[ansinew]{inputenc}. Also in general it is better to input non-ascii chars with the ^^- (pdftex) or ^^^^-notation (xetex/luatex): then the file is pure ascii and there is less danger that the content is damaged when the file is changed and saved by an user. Commented Oct 10, 2011 at 7:52

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The right contact for language related issues in LuaLaTeX might be Arthur Reutenauer who just took over development of Polyglossia. Polyglossia has not been ported to LuaLaTeX yet, but it should only be a matter of time until it gets ported.

(Of course you may also submit your babel files to CTAN as long as they don't break pdfLaTeX.)

  • Explains why the previous maintainer/author never replied to my e-mail :-) Commented Oct 9, 2011 at 0:20
  • @AndreyVihrov: what package do you mean: babel or polyglossia? Commented Oct 9, 2011 at 12:53
  • @Igor: Polyglossia. Commented Oct 9, 2011 at 13:01

Babel is again maintained: http://www.tex-tipografia.com/babel_news.html .

  • But who does maintain babel? ctan.org/pkg/babel still is saying that Johannes L. Braams is no longer active on this package. Commented Aug 7, 2012 at 13:12
  • I guess that it is you who will support babel now. If so, please, update babel record on CTAN (ctan.org/pkg/babel). It would confirm that your person is approved by LaTeX team. Commented Aug 10, 2012 at 2:09
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    @Igor. Yes, it's me. For personal reasons I'll delayed the final decision about being considered the maintainer until November. For the moment, I'm "deputy maintainer" (see also latex-project.org/latex3.html and texdev.net/2012/08/03/babel-development-news). Commented Aug 21, 2012 at 17:07
  • Thank you. I developed Russian LDF (ctan.org/tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/babel-contrib/russian) which equally supports LaTeX and (PDF/Xe/Lua)LaTeX. Unfortunately, it was not included into the babel bundle because, I suppose, there was no active maintainer for babel at that time. Hopefully, this will change now :) Commented Aug 22, 2012 at 5:46
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    @Igor. Yes, this will change, because in the next release languages will be maintained and updated directly by their authors. Commented Aug 27, 2012 at 13:49

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