(Note: I plan to add user documentation to the library within the next couple of weeks; simply “watch” this repository here on GitHub if you want to follow along until it appears!)
This prototype library typesets paragraphs using the same approach as TeX and LaTeX, knows how to avoid widow and orphan lines when splitting paragraphs across pages, and produces PDF output:
Here is an example PDF that is typeset using the library:
The script that produced the above PDF
is here in the repository at
The vast difference this library’s approach and that of TeX or LaTeX
is that this library leaves you entirely in control —
paragraph justification and line breaking are a subroutine
that you call from normal Python code
that is otherwise free to draw on the page however it wishes!
You can draw titles, page numbers, and add media
using whatever underlying library calls you want,
typesetting library stays out of your way.
No longer will you be stuck
trying to center a title or draw
using abstruse configuration
piled atop underpowered boxes and glue primitives.
The process of designing this library is described in the 2019 “Typesetting with Python” keynote talk that I delivered at PyLondinium19:
I am happy that the talk (in the form of the above recording) was also featured at the remote TUG2020 conference in July 2020, which I celebrated by returning to the repository and getting progress underway again!