New package: TeXmacs- A scientific wysiwyg Editor and Interface for Computer Algebra Systems

Andreas Seidl
Tue Mar 9 10:46:00 GMT 2004

The package "TeXmacs" is now available with the Cygwin distribution.

Canonical homepage:

Canonical download:

GNU TeXmacs is a free scientific text editor, which was both
inspired by TeX and GNU Emacs. The editor allows you to write
structured documents via a wysiwyg (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) and
user friendly interface. New styles may be created by the user. The
program implements high-quality typesetting algorithms and TeX fonts,
which help you to produce professionally looking documents.

The high typesetting quality still goes through for automatically
generated formulas, which makes TeXmacs suitable as an interface for
computer algebra systems. TeXmacs also supports the Guile/Scheme
extension language, so that you may customize the interface and write
your own extensions to the editor.

Converters exist for TeX/LaTeX and Html/MathML/Xml. In the future,
TeXmacs is planned to evolve towards a complete scientific office


1. Install TeXmacs

To update your installation, click on the "Install Cygwin now" link on
the web page.  This downloads setup.exe to your
system.  Once you've downloaded setup.exe, run it and select "Editors"
or "Math" and then click on the appropriate fields until the above
announced version number appears if it is not displayed already.

2. Start and test your X

Double click on the Cygwin icon on your Desktop, this brings up a black
Cygwin shell. Type:

   export DISPLAY=
   XWin -multiwindow -clipboard &
   xterm &

In the tray in the lower right corner of your screen you will see a
black X and an additional (white) window should appear. In order not to
set the DISPLAY variable again and again, you should set it as a user's
variable; e.g. under Windows XP:

3. Start TeXmacs

... by typing

   texmacs &

into a Cygwin shell. Try a second time, if there is a problem.

4. Hands-on tutorial

I suggest to try Part 1-3 of the following hands-on tutorial:


If you have TeXmacs-related questions or comments, please send them to
the texmac-users mailing list, see:

(subscription necessary). I would appreciate it if you would use this
mailing list rather than emailing me directly. Cygwin-related
questions and comments should be sent to the Cygwin mailing list at:
cygwin at cygwin dot com .

Before emailing these lists, make sure to

* read the FAQ at:

* look at the manual, which comes with TeXmacs and which can be browsed

* read about some Windows-related issues at

* search the mailing lists and Google

Have lots of fun with TeXmacs!


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