TeX - LaTeX Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for users of TeX, LaTeX, ConTeXt, and related typesetting systems. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

are you aware of a diagram showing all the connections between tex-related methods/engines. It would use terms such as tex - latex - context - luatex - xetex - xelatex - pdftex - pdflatex - etex and could even be extended to terms like xdvipdfmx and so on? All this is getting confusing, I think and it would be a good way to summarize. Thanks

share|improve this question
up vote 12 down vote accepted

Arno Trautman has a great overview document with graphical representations of these connections:


It's released on CTAN, yet, but I think it will be soon. I hear that suggestions and contributions for the missing bits'n'pieces (e.g., xdvipdfmx) are gratefully accepted :).

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.