[texworks] adding luatex and lualatex to the typesetting menu

Charlie Sharpsteen chuck at sharpsteen.net
Thu Jul 14 06:08:06 CEST 2011

On Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 11:22 AM, Arno Trautmann <Arno.Trautmann at gmx.de>wrote:

>  - Is it available (by default) on all large distros?
> Yes, it is in TeX live and MiKTeX. All Linux dristros that take TeX live
> also should have it if they are up to date.

LuaTeX was only added to MiKTeX in the last release, 2.9. It has been in TeX
Live and MacTeX for ages---since 2007 or something like that.

 - What is the benefit of lua*tex over the corresponding pdf*tex?
> • full unicode support
> • full support for smart fonts
> • sane programming language
> • possibility to hook into the TeX engine at several important points and
> change what it's doing.

One more very important feature:

  - Dynamically allocates memory---no more "TeX capacity exceeded" errors
which are a royal pain to work around.

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