I tried texdoc novel and got many (over 30) errors of the form

 (134): Illegal character <22> in hex string

How do I use the class?

I also tried pdflatex novel-example with no success.

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    I get a pdf with texdoc, but the main documentation seems to be in html: mirrors.ctan.org/macros/luatex/latex/novel/doc/… Apr 10, 2021 at 18:18
  • novel-example.tex requires lualatex. Only change: the magic comment from % !TeX TS-program = LuaLaTeX to % !TeX TS-program = lualatex. (Using MiKTeX+ TeXstudio) Apr 10, 2021 at 20:41
  • Thanks to the two respondants. I also got a pdf with texdoc but with over 30 reported errors. Doesn't give a safe feeling. I eventually found where novel-example.tex was situated (kpsewhich did not find it) and changed the magic comment to get it processed via lualatex. Apr 11, 2021 at 17:15
  • Magic comment fixed in version 1.80 of novel. The capitalized LuaLaTeX only succeeds in the TeXworks editor.
    – rallg
    Feb 17, 2023 at 3:28

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I am the author of novel. Its documentation is in HTML, not PDF. And, its *tex files must be run with lualatex (not texdoc).

Just re-processed some files with novel (TeXlive 2022, Linux). No problem.

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