4.3 Formats =========== TeX "formats" are large collections of macros, often dumped into a `.fmt' file (Note: Memory dumps) by `tex -ini' (Note: Initial TeX). A number of formats are in reasonably widespread use, and the Web2c Makefile has targets to make the versions current at the time of release. You can change which formats are automatically built by setting the `fmts' Make variable; by default, only the `plain' and `latex' formats are made. You can get the latest versions of most of these formats from the CTAN archives in subdirectories of `CTAN:/macros' (for CTAN info, Note: unixtex.ftp.ftp.). The archive `ftp://ftp.tug.org/tex/lib.tar.gz' (also available from CTAN) contains most of these formats (although perhaps not the absolute latest version), among other things. latex The most widely used format. The current release is named `LaTeX 2e'; new versions are released approximately every six months, with patches issued as needed. The old release was called `LaTeX 2.09', and is no longer maintained or supported. LaTeX attempts to provide generic markup instructions, such as "emphasize", instead of specific typesetting instructions, such as "use the 10pt Computer Modern italic font". The LaTeX home page: `http://www.latex-project.org'. context ConTeXt is an independent macro package which has a basic document structuring approach similar to LaTeX. It also supports creating interactive PDF files and has integrated MetaPost support, among many other interesting features. The ConTeXt home page: `http://www.pragma-ade.com'. amstex The official typesetting system of the American Mathematical Society. Like LaTeX, it encourages generic markup commands. The AMS also provides many LaTeX package for authors who prefer LaTeX. Taken together, they are used to produce nearly all AMS publications, e.g., `Mathematical Reviews'. The AMSTeX home page: `http://www.ams.org/tex'. texinfo The documentation system developed and maintained by the Free Software Foundation for their software manuals. It can be automatically converted into plain text, a machine-readable on-line format called `info', HTML, etc. The Texinfo home page: `http://www.gnu.org/software/texinfo'. eplain The "expanded plain" format provides various common features (e.g., symbolic cross-referencing, tables of contents, indexing, citations using BibTeX), for those authors who prefer to handle their own high-level formatting. The Eplain home page: `http://www.tug.org/eplain'. slitex An obsolete LaTeX 2.09 format for making slides. It is replaced by the `slides' document class, along with the `beamer', `texpower', and other packages.
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