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My name is Dave Walden, and I am the guest editor of this issue of The PracTeX Journal (TPJ). I am on the Editorial Board of the journal, but until now I have worked in the journal's back room maintaining the journal's web pages.
Users of TeX have several formats they can choose from: plain TeX, LaTeX, ConTeXt (pracjourn/2006-3/hogg/), and so forth.
Users have different major classes they can choose from: basic LaTeX, KOMA (pracjourn/2006-3/robbers/), memoir (pracjourn/2006-3/wilson/), AMS, and so forth.
Typesetting all manner of languages is possible. There was great excitement at the recent PracTeX06 conference (pracjourn/2006-3/practex06/) about XeTeX's capability (along with the fontspec package from our editorial board member Will Robertson) to easily use any font in a Mac, Windows, or Linux font folder (including non-Latin fonts).
TeX can be used any type of application as illustrated by various articles in this issue: creating a pocket-size book (pracjourn/2006-3/venugopal-pocketbook/), developing a letterhead or a laying out a small brochure (pracjourn/2006-3/hogg/), laying out a book (pracjourn/2006-3/walden/), or formatting crossword puzzles (pracjourn/2006-3/distract/).
All this capability comes with lots of free documentation, e.g., pracjourn/2006-3/venugopal-review/.
As usual, this issue of TPJ includes some other standard features: letters from readers (pracjourn/2006-3/readers/), and Nelly's answers to questions (pracjourn/2006-3/asknelly/), and a PDF of the whole issue (pracjourn/2006-3/wholeissue/).
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