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How exactly are TeX and LaTeX related? [duplicate]

I know that plain TeX is the low-level typographical language that describes nearly every aspect of presentation, taking care of things like paragraph breaks, new pages, and the like. I know (well, I'...
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TeX Programming [duplicate]

I have lot of confusion regarding TeX and LaTeX. What I have understood is TeX is basically macro instructions, and LaTeX uses that macros or we can say TeX is extended to LaTeX. But, really not very ...
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Difference between TeX and LaTeX [duplicate]

I am not getting the difference between TeX and LaTeX. I have seen the answer here but I am not getting it completely. Is TeX a system or language or format or program and Is LaTex a system or ...
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What is a TeX format (e.g. LaTeX)? [duplicate]

What is the meaning of the term "format", as used in the following comment I received to a question I posted on this forum: LaTeX3' isn't released as a format: perhaps you mean expl3? The answer I ...
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Level of abstraction [duplicate]

So, I'm learning about Latex, I've read the entire TeX and LaTeX wikipedia pages, trying to understand what is this all about. Already installed TexWorks and MikTex in my windows. I know how to create ...
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Reasons to use plain TeX

Given the active development in LaTeX and ConTeXt, and how LaTeX insulates the writer from typographical details and ConTeXt gives the user extensive control over formatting thus taking useful ...
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Producing doc/docx from LaTeX [duplicate]

Is there any way to produce doc/docx files from LaTeX?
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Who/what is behind LaTeX?

I hope this question is on-topic. It is a long story, but more and more these days I run into people who doesn't understand what LaTeX is. In particular people I talk to think that LaTeX is a company ...
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Which to learn, TeX or LaTeX?

Currently I'm good at producing neat documents (with few errors here and there) with latex, but I was wondering which one is better for me to learn, TeX or LaTeX? I am very much interested in the ...
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MiKTeX graphics version 1.3b bug on Windows 10 (\set@curr@file undefined)

After updating MiKTeX graphics package on 10/5/19 to version 1.3b (packaged on 10/4/2019 8:11:27 PM), I am unable to compile LaTex files that contain \includegraphics{}. My system: Windows 10 with ...
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Will LaTeX work on any TeX?

As I understand it, latex is simply a macro package for tex, as in tex the program, not the format. (Again, weird, but I understand LaTeX to be a format of TeX.) Does this imply that LaTeX the ...
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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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Just curiosity about the 'LaTeX' name

It's common knowledge that the word 'TeX' was inspired by the Greek word 'τεχ' pronounced "tech". Just for satisfying my curiosity, anyone knows from where comes the letters 'La' in LaTeX?
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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 ...
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Commands in TeX which are different in LaTeX

Having used LaTeX (using TeXworks with pdfLaTeX) for around a year now, I decided it would be a useful (/interesting) exercise to learn TeX, since this is the fundamental language underlying LaTeX (...

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