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I am writing an article on the TeX, pfdTeX, XeTex and LuaTeX engines and the LaTeX, pfdLaTeX, XeLaTex and LuaLaTeX formats. I find it necessary in some parts of my article to refer to the above-mentioned engines as a family of document typesetting engines and to the above-mentioned formats as a family of typesetting formats. Are there standard terminologies that refer the engines and the formats as families of engines and formats?

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    In the unix/linux/... world it's common to see *nix. Maybe *\TeX will work for you. – Ethan Bolker Dec 28 '16 at 14:08
  • Just TeX for all formats should be sufficient and only clearify if you mean a specific format; That's why there is just TeX.SE and not additional LuaTeX.SE or LaTeX.SE sites – user31729 Dec 28 '16 at 16:32
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    @ChristianHupfer as you are German I'm surprised you didn't suggest the word anytexbasedenginesuchaspdftexorluatexorxetex (welcome back to the site:-) – David Carlisle Dec 28 '16 at 17:13
  • @DavidCarlisle: Too short then... – user31729 Dec 28 '16 at 17:21
  • I am very grateful for the above suggestions. I'll adopt and modify the suggestion given by @EthanBolker. I'll use *\TeX as the name for the family of TeX engines and *\LaTeX as the name for the family of LaTeX formats. – user24098 Jan 2 '17 at 20:22

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