# Critical Edition Typesetting with LaTeX

For typesetting critical editions in the traditional manner with LaTeX, there are (somewhat basically) two macro packages:
When both packages were devised, critical edition typesetting with TeX required the EDMAC macros by Dominik Wujastyk and John Lavagnino. EDMAC, however, is not compatible with LaTeX, which many prefer to Plain TeX. So ledmac was written as (almost) a port of EDMAC to LaTeX (while its functionality has increased much since). ednotes was written as an attempt at a somewhat smarter user interface than that of EDMAC.

For a quick comparison of ednotes and ledmac here (assuming you have some prior knowledge):

• Where you type `\edtext{lemma}{\Afootnote{note}}` with ledmac, you type `\Anote{lemma}{note}` with ednotes (hey!).
• Where you type `\edtext{lemma}{\Afootnote{note A}\Bfootnote{note B}}` with ledmac, you type `\Bnote{\Anote{lemma}{note A}}{note B}` with ednotes (oh …).
• Learning ledmac may be easy for former EDMAC users, while learning ednotes may be easier for former LaTeX users. E.g., ledmac introduces its own user macros for tables, while ednotes supplies LaTeX tabular environments with hooks for critical editing internally, i.e.: without bothering users. On the other hand, the EDMAC macros for the appearance of line numbers (in the margins) have been retained in ledmac, while with ednotes the user is referred to the commands of Stephan I. Böttcher’s .
• You can handle overlapping lemmas with ledmac when line breaks have been fixed; you can handle overlapping lemmas with ednotes without this precondition.
• ledmac offers features like endnotes, columnar footnotes, and quite a few very new things which ednotes does not provide (at present). Most notably, a package ledpar adds parallel typesetting in columns or on facing pages (translations, e.g.).
• For editing verse (poetry, plays), ledmac and John Burt’s poemscol package offer special facilities.

Here are a few links for learning more on the matters mentioned above (etc.):

Lyrics” by Uwe Lück.
Thanks to Karl Berry (TUG president and
TUGboat editor) for the (La)TeX links!

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