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Are there benefits to use XeTeX or LuaTeX if one is to write documents mainly in English?

My first exposure to LaTeX was back in 2014 from this tutorial and I settled with the pdfTeX engine because it was the only thing I knew and I was a total novice. Lately, I started reading Tobias ...
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Different behaviour between different TeX engines

Consider this simple piece of code, which is part of a format file I found. \catcode`\@=11 \ch@ck0\insc@unt\count \bye Why does it work fine with both tex and pdftex but issues an error message ...
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Templating with Scriban

I want to create a PDF with dynamic data from a JSON object. I'm vaguely familiar with LaTeX and minimally familiar with Templating Engines and I'm struggling with how to implement the engine and ...
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Is it wrong to call XeLaTeX an “engine”?

We know the engines to the TeX family are binary executables that compile TeX files. People sometimes mention XeLaTeX as being an engine; so here's the question: Is it wrong to call XeLaTeX an engine? ...
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How to add an engine in TexShop 4.27 on MacOS 10.14.5 bib2gls, arara

I am new to Tex. I am trying to build a glossary using the package glossaries-extra. I am drawing my abbreviations list from a .bib file using GlsXtrLoadResources. Unfortunately I cannot seem to add ...
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Whether bookmarks duplicates or not is dependent on engine and `caption` package

Backgroud This answer of question Bookmark tables and figures says [usage of \bookmark ready to be inserted] Next issue: \caption often sets its argument twice, because it wants to check, ...
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TexShop Engine that copies resulting PDF

Is it possible to have further lines in a TexShop engine which copy the resulting PDF to a different folder? (The reasoning: The new location would be a shared folder so only when the PDF-run was ...
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Write TeX Engine

What do I required if I want to write a TeX engine. Now I am reading The TeXBook, when I finished, I will read source2e next. Thus I am pretty curious about how to write a TeX engine myself, and what ...
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What would it take to write a LaTeX engine for prodcuing text based output

As a potential follow on from Can LaTeX be persuaded to produce text output? there are a number of partial solutions to generating text based output (e.g., plain ascii/utf-8 text, html, xml). From ...
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How is the TeX engine informed of the OS's end-of-line marker and file encoding?

The TeX engine processes the input file on a line-by-line basis (The TEXbook, p. 46). The first line will be read from the file, undergo some pre-processing (see below), and then the engine will start ...
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What use is Tectonic?

I came across tectonic. Is there anything there that latexmk / arara can't do already, other than perhaps pulling down files as needed? What makes this an engine?