Dear Bioconductor Developers,

We would like that in the next release most of the vignettes which use
BiocStyle benefit from the updated formatting introduced over the last
year. For this, all BiocStyle format functions will be switched to the new
style. This transition will happen on Friday, August 18.

BiocStyle 2.0

The new style was developed in collaboration with a professional graphics
designer with the aim to address some of the shortcomings of the original
implementation (e.g., inconsistent formatting both within the document and
across output formats; non-distinctive structuring elements, for example
running head and figure captions). Additionally, we introduced new
features, including:

-   Common formatting regardless of input (Rnw/Rmd) and output format
-   Consistent layout providing a clear separation between content and
structuring elements emphasized by horizontal alignment
-   Standardized way of specifying author affiliations
-   Cross references in R Markdown based on the bookdown syntax
-   Support for recent additions to R Markdown (floating TOC, code folding,
-   Footnotes typeset as margin notes

The updated style is invoked through `BiocStyle::latex2`,
`BiocStyle::pdf_document2` and `BiocStyle::html_document2` functions. Feel
free to have a look at some live examples, for example, at [PureCN.pdf](
(PDF from Rnw source), or [A-vsn.html](
(HTML from Rmd source).

Switch to the new style

To streamline the process, the transition will happen automatically by
replacing the previous format functions by the new ones as follows.
Functions whose name ends with "2": `BiocStyle::latex2`,
`BiocStyle::pdf_document2` and `BiocStyle::html_document2` will be renamed
by stripping the trailing "2" such that they replace their old
counterparts, e.g. `BiocStyle::latex`. At the same time, the latter ones
will be archived by appending `_old` to their names so that, for example,
`BiocStyle:latex` will become `BiocStyle::latex_old`. Function names with
the trailing "2" will be kept until the release as aliases. Both these and
the "old" functions will be marked as deprecated, and made defunct after
the release following the [Function Deprecation Guidelines]( The following list
summarizes the changes.

    BiocStyle::latex          -> BiocStyle::latex_old
    BiocStyle::latex2         -> BiocStyle::latex

    BiocStyle::pdf_document   -> BiocStyle::pdf_document_old
    BiocStyle::pdf_document2  -> BiocStyle::pdf_document

    BiocStyle::html_document  -> BiocStyle::html_document_old
    BiocStyle::html_document2 -> BiocStyle::html_document

How does this affect me?

Scenario 1: Already using the new style (`latex2`, `pdf_document2` or

Congratulations, thank you for test driving the new style! Once these
functions get deprecated, please rename your BiocStyle format function
calls by removing the trailing "2".

Scenario 2: Currently using the original style (`latex`, `pdf_document` or

Typically, no special action will be needed. We worked hard to provide as
much backwards compatibility as possible, so your vignette should compile
with the new style right out of the box. However, some vignettes might
require some small tweaks to build after the update. This affects mostly
PDF output because of the more complex LaTeX macro definitions and the
additional dependencies of the new style. Should you experience any
problems, please first make sure that the source of your vignette meets the
guidelines described in [Bioconductor LaTeX Style 2.0](
(for .Rnw vignettes) or [Authoring R Markdown Vignettes](
(for .Rmd vignettes). Any remaining issues should be reported as a [GitHub
issue]( As an interim
solution you can still use the previous format function renamed
to `*_old` in order to build your package.

Kind regards,
Andrzej Oleś

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