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# What’s new in babel 3.74

2022-04-30

## Option `safe`

This option will be set by default to `none` in a future release (even currently this value is “strongly” recommended). This option now accepts the combination of `bib` and `ref` as a way to force the current behavior.

The internal macros related to this option (containing `@safe@actives`) will be preserved for compatibility, but very likely they will be deprecated.

## Fixes in math

`luatex` 1.15 fixes a bug in the vertical spacing when a display math is preceded by a short line in RTL mode. This has allowed to eventually get the proper spacing, although there are some issues when the display isn’t numbered (there is an easy workaround and `babel` applies it).

The vertical spacing with `amsmath` has been improved, too, but there are, again, some pending issues (bad spacing when the display starts a paragraph).

## More fixes

• Minor bugs in Khmer, Turkmen and Marathi have been fixed.
• An error was raised with transforms when `|` was active.