[Tugindia] what are different tex format availble now?

Steve Peter speter at mac.com
Fri Jun 4 18:00:20 CEST 2004

On Friday, Jun 4, 2004, at 04:15 America/New_York, Ravinder Kumar B. 

> Unix/Linux user can use tex or Latex.
> If you use Windows then the following variant of tex can be used
> 1) PCtex available at www.pctex.com/  (commercial)
> 2) MikTex available at www.miktex.org/  (Free distribution)
>    I personally found Winedt interface (www.winedt.com) working best 
> with
> MikTex.

No, no, no. You've conflated things here.

TeX is the typesetting engine (there are alternate engines such as 
eTeX, NTS, Omega, pdfTeX).

Plain TeX, LaTeX, ConTeXt, etc., are formats (macro packages) built on 
top of the TeX engine.

PCTeX, MiKTeX, teTeX, etc., are distributions of the system that 
include the engines, formats, and various other packages and tools 
(such as MetaFont, dvi viewers, etc.).

The TUG website (http://www.tug.org) has more information about all of 


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