Aspects of TeX as it relates to the larger world of software or typesetting, or aspects of its general functioning or nature. This is not a default tag for questions that do not admit an obvious more specific classification; it specifically concerns TeX in general.

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File extensions of LaTeX-related files

In addition to the .tex and .dvi or .pdf files, TeX/LaTeX/ConTeXt produces and uses lots of other files. What do they do? Which ones are used to create the document and which ones are automatically ...
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What professions use TeX/LaTeX besides CS?

TeX and LaTeX are widely used in Computer Science. What other academic disciplines or professionals use it?
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What can't TeX do?

What are TeX's limitations in typography, book design and publishing? (and here TeX also includes all its derivatives, like pdfTeX, LuaTeX, and macro packages built upon it, LaTeX, ConTeXt etc.). ...
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In what ways can TeX be used beyond document production?

Most people use TeX and its many varieties to create printed documents, such as reports, books, flyer's, etc. Occasionally, I have found software that uses TeX markup for other purposes, for e.g., the ...
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What is the correct pronunciation of TeX and LaTeX?

Is it tex(tech)? Or Is it tex(like touch)? Lay-TeX? or La-TeX? Should I use TeX pronunciation in LaTeX?
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TeX Distribution and Engine

While reading about LaTeX in wikibooks, I stumbled across the terms TeX engine and distribution. One earlier post said the TeX engines are Knuth's TeX, e-TeX, pdfTeX, XeTeX, LuaTeX. And read that ...
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Is TeX as word and logo a trade mark?

A few days ago I talked with someone about writing a book about TeX and we came to the question if TeX as a word and its Logo (and the related things like LaTeX, XeTeX, …, package names etc.) are ...
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What would you like to change about TeX/LaTeX/XeTeX/etc.?

Like the title says, is there anything about the system you're using that you would like to change? Some annoyance that should be fixed, some feature that could be improved or added?
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How should I install the fullpage package under Ubuntu?

I am using Ubuntu Software Center. I found the package, click Install and it says that the package is installed. BUT when I tried to compile my .tex file it says LaTeX Error: File `fullpage.sty' ...
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Which package should I install to have the `fullpage.sty' file? [duplicate]

I am having the following error: File `fullpage.sty' not found. Which package should I install? Or more general question: when some file is missing, how should I find the right package?
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Which publishers use TeX and friends for a significant proportion of their published books?

Which publishers use TeX and derivatives (LaTeX, ConTeXt, and friends) for a significant proportion of their published books? Note that I am not asking about journals. I'll leave the interpretation ...
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Printing stamp albums

Is there any TeX package well suited for producing stamp albums? Some examples of stamp album pages can be seen here, here, here or here. In particular, captions can go anywhere around the frames ...
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Do I need LaTeX?

I read that LaTeX is all about "typesetting". What does that mean? What is typesetting? I read some FAQs, they showed the code, not the output. Following are my needs and I am not sure whether ...