I am starting to learn LaTeX and I really like what I am seeing. However, I get the feeling I should actually start with another 'TeX' version. I've been reading about different options. Some references:
- What is XeTeX exactly and why should I use it?
- Differences between LuaTeX, ConTeXt and XeTeX
- Which "TeX" should one use?
These questions and answers are very helpful, but I'd like to check to see if my findings are correct. I get the feeling that XeLaTeX is more of the 'improved' version that provides easier/more font options and makes it easier when using weird characters. Most people talk about 'converting' from one TeX to another, but given the fact that I am a beginner I am looking for the proper TeX flavor right now, so that I do not need to change preambles and such when I am learning about new things that are only available when using other TeX engines.
Some details about my usage:
- I visualize using TeX mostly for business reports, memos, and investigations.
- I also might use it for presentations and publishing in book-format.
- I will not be using advanced math nor Chinese or other very non-Latin symbols.
- Being a beginner, I do not need to convert any old documents. I have been reading about LaTeX3, however, and this seems like a version that will be superior to the existing TeX options. So when this becomes available, I envision switching to this. So if that is of any validity, I'd say that easy conversion to / compatibility with LaTex3 would be important.
Also, I read about an issue with 'microtype' in XeTeX, but I do not really get what that is and if this would affect me.
To quote from this question related to another beginner's question:
XeLaTeX would be (especially) suitable to you, for better (Unicode) multilingual support and easy font switching. And it supports more image format and PSTricks code.
I feel this also applies to my situation, so I am about to use XeLaTeX instead of LaTeX, and learn using this instead. Is this a good idea given my situation, or am I overlooking something important?