Creating hair strands for alpha maps

I’m attempting to make hair like this.

I haven’t used emitter since 2006, so I’m not sure how they work in the latest version of blender.

Anybody have experience with this way of making hair?

Is there at least any guides for hair in blender 2.57?
that’s a good one, it’s for fur, but by changing some settings you can also create grass.

Is there anythign that goes over the different settings and how to achieve hair like curls and clumps. ALso how to get ansio specular highlights on the strands?

Is there any way of converting poly hair strips into hair fibers, than rendering that out to get the lighting and hair that can be baked down to alpha maps?