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Finding stuff on networks was always difficult, but in recent years,
search engines have become amazingly good at digging out unconsidered
trifles from the myriad items of information available on the net.
Confusion is added by the tendency to index the same file at several
Sadly, in the TeX context, search engines regularly locate
out-of-date material: their users need a means of finding the relevant
material on CTAN — on the grounds that such material is most
likely to be up-to-date. The need to find up-to-date items, avoiding
out-of-date (La)TeX material, was the motivation for developing a
specialised information source: the CTAN catalogue. The
catalogue contains enough information to support most users’ needs;
the ideal is that the catalogue entries should appear early in search
engine results, but in practice this is not always achieved.
The basis of the catalogue is a collection of small, stylised,
articles; each shows basic information about a package on CTAN,
and includes pointers to download address, documentation and home page
if any, and related
packages. Every CTAN mirror holds a copy of the catalogue,
presented as a series of web pages; both alphabetic and category-based
indexes are provided.
The core CTAN sites also offer a simple text search of the
catalogue; the search could be improved, but manpower to do such
improvements is lacking.
- The CTAN catalogue
This answer was added: 2013-05-21
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This is FAQ version 3.27, released on 2013-06-07.