The LaTeX project

The LaTeX project team (see is a small group of volunteers whose aim is to produce a major new document processing system based on the principles pioneered by Leslie Lamport in the current LaTeX. The new system is (provisionally) called LaTeX3; it will remain freely available and it will be fully documented at all levels.

The LaTeX team’s first product (LaTeX 2e) was delivered in 1994 (it’s now properly called “LaTeX”, since no other version is current).

LaTeX 2e was intended as a consolidation exercise, unifying several sub-variants of LaTeX while changing nothing whose change wasn’t absolutely necessary. This has permitted the team to support a single version of LaTeX, in parallel with development of LaTeX3.

Some of the older discussion papers about directions for LaTeX3 are to be found on CTAN; other (published) articles are to be found on the project web site (

Some of the project’s experimental code is visible on the net:

The packages l3kernel and l3packages provide an “experimental harness” that may be used as a testbed for LaTeX3 work.

Note that l3kernel introduces a coding structure quite different from earlier LaTeX code; a few hardy authors, who are not members of the project, are nevertheless using it in their development work.

Anyone may participate in discussions of the future of LaTeX through the mailing list latex-l; some development work (outside the project) is discussed on the list. Subscribe to the list by sending a message ‘subscribe latex-l <your name>’ to

l3experimental bundle
l3kernel bundle
LaTeX project publications
l3packages bundle

This answer last edited: 2012-02-07