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Questions regarding the distinction between XeTeX and XeLaTeX and how they relate to TeX and LaTeX? [duplicate]

Briefest possible version of the question (after having seen comments): Is the only distinction between XeTeX and XeLaTeX that the commands xetex and xelatex are differently compatible with TeX and ...
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What is the main difference between command latex, tex, pdflatex, pdftex … and all the other commands? [duplicate]

I am new to TeX world, and I use pdfLatex very often. But sometimes pdfLatex do not work. So I begin to wonder what the difference between all these tex commands. Please give me some guiding ...
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Alternative Tex compilers [duplicate]

Are there any alternate compiler implementations for the Tex language? I know that there are variants (Luatex for instance), but do they all share the same codebase with Tex/Pdftex? What about Xetex, ...
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How do the various LaTeX compilers (LaTeX, XeLaTeX, PDFLaTeX, ???) differ in terms of use(s), purpose(s), pros and cons? [duplicate]

How do the various LaTeX compilers (LaTeX, XeLaTeX, PDFLaTeX, ???, ConTeXt, fill-in-the-gap) differ? Is there an authoritive list of all currently available LaTeX-related compilers? Which are the most ...
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Best compiler for writing a thesis? [duplicate]

Which LaTeX compiler supports best writing a thesis? Which one provides the best compatibility with commonly used classes and packages? The compilers that I frequently use are: latex pdflatex ...
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What is the difference between different compiling buttons in winedt? [duplicate]

I am on my first LaTeX homework using winedt. I have just written my hello world code and saved it properly. Now I am wondering which compiling button is the right one to build a PDF file among the ...
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Differences between LuaTeX, ConTeXt and XeTeX

I’m interested in the differences and commonalities between the “new” (La)TeX processors: LuaTeX, XeTeX, and ConTeXt. Personally, I’ve only used XeTeX so far and without having the time to try out ...
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What are TeX and LaTeX?

I'm surprised no one else has asked this question. It's not explained very well in the FAQ or site descriptions either. I know many of you will think "LMGTFY", "RTFM", or "ask wikipedia", but I'd ...
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Glossary of TeX and LaTeX terms

This is not about glossary package. :-) I was wondering whether there is a list of common terms you come across as a not-so-advanced user, defined already. Currently what we have are many books ...
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Starting with TeX (not LaTeX)

I've been using LaTeX for 3 years and I'm decided to switch to (plain) TeX. For the moment I'm reading The TeXbook for the third time (I quietly start to read the double-danger signed paragraphs) and ...
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What is “plain TeX”?

I occasionally see a statement that plain TeX is not the same as TeX, because plain TeX is already a format. What is plain TeX, and what is the difference to TeX proper? Some answers are here (The ...
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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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What TeX software to write technical papers with?

I am a noob when it comes to TeX, however, I do use LaTeX for typing mathematical and engineering formulas, etc. Recently I have taken it upon myself to try and write some technical papers to try ...
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How does TeX actually work?

Lots of useful information for human beings, especially in academia. But, what is actually underlying the TeX engine? How does it really work? Does it parse everything and just put the stuff together? ...
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Nonstandard analysis: Typesetting `^*` depending on context

In nonstandard analysis, the nonstandard extension operator * is used frequently. Typesetting it is not straightforward, though, because the placement of * depends on the symbol to follow. E.g., the ...

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