Typesetting with LaTeX

The print publications were produced with a suite of open source tools and infrastructure.

The printed books were prepared using the typesetting software LaTeX, which is a set of macros built upon the well-established programming language TeX. All authors used a local installation of TeX Live together with the special platform-independent TeX editor TeXstudio to write their books.

Each book was stored in a Git repository. All authors shared a Git repository for common elements of all editions like abbreviations or translations. It was also used to store a group bibliography maintained with Zotero and automatically turned into a BibLaTeX file readable by LaTeX.

To connect the semantically annotated documents with the layout requirements a bundle of a LaTeX class file together with additional style files was implemented and maintained. These LaTeX files were deployed to all authors using a central installation repository. They are available as open source by clicking on "visit website" on the top right corner and will become part of the TeX Live distribution which then closes the circle.

Brill Typographic Style

The class file covers most of the requirements formulated in the Brill Typographic Style (BTS). Moreover, two additional document options were added to use an alternative layout for PhD thesis and plain documents resp.


To cover all the different scripts and languages needed within the MUYA project the Brill typeface used for the main text was extended by specific fonts of the Google Noto family, e.g. Noto Sans Avestan and Noto Serif Gujarati. Moreover, the Khusro font was added for Pahlavi and still missing symbols were taken from the GNU FreeFont. All fonts are published under free open source lice