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The TeX program
TeX software is available from a number of sources:
LaTeX is an integral part of all "standard" TeX distributions.
The AMS document classes and the
amsmath package are included
among the "required" LaTeX packages.
Extended TeX engines
- pdfTeX generates pdf output instead of dvi.
- XeTeX supports the direct use of system fonts.
- LuaTeX is based on Unicode and
embeds Lua (a scripting language) and MetaPost to permit operations not
easily accomplished with the basic TeX engine; v1.0 was released in
late 2016 and included in TeX Live 2017.
Other TeX Resources
Other valuable resources for a TeX user
- CTAN -- the Comprehensive TeX Archive Network, with mirrors around
Use the CTAN search facility to look for the name of a file you need.
- TLContrib -- an archive of
contributed packages which, for various reasons, cannot be distributed
in TeX Live (not free according to FSF guidelines, not available on CTAN,
intermediate release for testing, ...)
Frequently Asked Questions and other Q&A sites
Frequently Asked Questions, compiled by the UK TUG
- FAQ LaTeX
de l'équipe Grappa, in French (old, HTML)
- FAQ de fr,comp.text.tex,
in French (newer, PDF)
- DANTE's FAQ,
- TeX Stack Exchange,
a forum in Q&A format with good search facilities; see the FAQ for more details.
a French Q&A site
a German Q&A site
- LaTeX Community,
a forum for discussing all things LaTeX
- other electronic FAQs and mail
addresses for TeX-related product information and assistance
- UPenn TeX Web page
- Why use LaTeX?,
reasons both pro and con; the site also holds templates for many kinds
of LaTeX documents.
These tools are included in TeX Live and other comprehensive distributions.
- amsrefs supports the inclusion of structured
bibliography data directly in LaTeX source files
- BibTeX resources via public-domain TeX sites