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11. Version 3 Changes

With version 3, Supercite has undergone an almost complete rewrite, and has hopefully benefitted in a number of ways, including vast improvements in the speed of performance, a big reduction in size of the code and in the use of Emacs resources, and a much cleaner and flexible internal architecture. The central construct of the info alist, and its role in Supercite has been expanded, and the other central concept, the general package Regi, was developed to provide a theoretically unlimited flexibility.

But most of this work is internal and not of very great importance to the casual user. There have been some changes at the user-visible level, but for the most part, the Supercite configuration variables from version 2 should still be relevant to version 3. Below, I briefly outline those user-visible things that have changed since version 2. For details, look to other sections of this manual.

  1. Supercite proper now comes in a single file, `supercite.el', which contains everything except the unsupported noodlings, overloading (which should be more or less obsolete with the release of Emacs 19), and the general lisp packages `reporter.el' and `regi.el'. Finally, the TeXinfo manual comes in its own file as well. In particular, the file `sc.el' from the version 2 distribution is obsolete, as is the file `sc-elec.el'.

  2. sc-spacify-name-chars is gone in version 3.

  3. sc-nickname-alist is gone in version 3. The sc-attrib-selection-list is a more general construct supporting the same basic feature.

  4. The version 2 variable sc-preferred-attribution has been changed to sc-preferred-attribution-list, and has been expanded upon to allow you to specify an ordered list of preferred attributions.

  5. sc-mail-fields-list has been removed, and header nuking in general has been greatly improved, giving you wider flexibility in specifying which headers to keep and remove while presenting a simplified interface to commonly chosen defaults.

  6. Post-yank paragraph filling has been completely removed from Supercite, other packages just do it better than Supercite ever would. Supercite will still fill newly cited paragraphs.

  7. The variable sc-all-but-cite-p has been replaced by sc-cite-region-limit.

  8. Keymap hacking in the reply buffer has been greatly simplified, with, I believe, little reduction in functionality.

  9. Hacking of the reply buffer's docstring has been completely eliminated.

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