[Tugindia] what are different tex format availble now?

David Kastrup dak at gnu.org
Fri Jun 4 18:07:45 CEST 2004

Steve Peter <speter at mac.com> writes:

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

Plain TeX is built on TeX.  All other formats are, if you heed the
recommendations, based off either PDFeTeX or eTeX.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum
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