The ekdosis package – README file


ekdosis is a LuaLaTeX package designed for multilingual critical editions. It can be used to typeset texts and different layers of critical notes in any direction accepted by LuaTeX. Texts can be arranged in running paragraphs or on facing pages, in any number of columns which in turn can be synchronized or not. In addition to printed texts, ekdosis can convert .tex source files so as to produce TEI xml compliant critical editions. Database-driven encoding under LaTeX then allows extraction of texts entered segment by segment according to various criteria: main edited text, variant readings, translations or annotated borrowings between texts. It is published under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 3.

Notice to the Gentle Reader

The current state of this documentation covers the basics of ekdosis, namely what should be enough to start a new document and see how it works. v1.0 with a full documentation should be out by the end of July. Until then, there is a web page that can be accessed, http://www.robertalessi.net/ekdosis, with a mailing list that one can subscribe to and a section entitled “Literature” where one will find some slides and a paper submitted to a journal.

License and Disclamer

ekdosis – Typesetting TEI xml Compliant Critical Editions

Copyright ⓒ 2020 Robert Alessi

Please send error reports and suggestions for improvements to Robert Alessi:

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see http://www.gnu.org/licenses/.

This release of ekdosis consists of the following source files:

  • ekdosis.dtx

  • ekdosis.ins

  • ekdosis.el

  • Makefile

License Applicable to the Documentation

Copyright ⓒ 2020 Robert Alessi

The documentation file ekdosis.pdf that is generated from the ekdosis.dtx source file is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License, as follows:---

Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.3 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts. A copy of the license is included in the section entitled “GNU Free Documentation License”.


  1. Run 'latex ekdosis.ins' to produce the ekdosis.sty and ekdosis.lua files.

  2. To finish the installation you have to move the ekdosis.sty and ekdosis.lua files into a directory where LaTeX can find it. See the FAQ on texfaq.org at https://texfaq.org/FAQ-inst-wlcf for more on this.

Development, Git Repository

Browse the Code

You can browse ekdosis repository on the web: http://git.robertalessi.net/ekdosis

From this page, you can download all the releases of ekdosis. For instructions on how to install ekdosis, please see above.

Comments, Feature Requests, Bug Reports


Download the Repository

ekdosis development is facilitated by git, a distributed version control system. You will need to install git (most GNU/Linux distributions package it in their repositories).

Use this command to download the repository

git clone http://git.robertalessi.net/ekdosis

A new directory named ekdosis will have been created, containing ekdosis.

Git Hosting

Make an account on https://gitlab.com and navigate (while logged in) to https://gitlab.com/ralessi/ekdosis. Click Fork and you will have in your account your own repository of ekdosis where you will be able to make whatever changes you like to.