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Re: LaTeX export: when is it more useful to use LuaTeX instead of pdfTeX

From: Uwe Brauer
Subject: Re: LaTeX export: when is it more useful to use LuaTeX instead of pdfTeX?
Date: Fri, 08 Jul 2022 17:49:42 +0200
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>>> "JMM" == Juan Manuel Macías <maciaschain@posteo.net> writes:

Hi Juan
> TL;DR: A list of use cases where using LuaTeX is more advantageous than
> using pdfTeX

> ------------

> Many times Org users who frequently need to export their documents to
> LaTeX, but who do not have much LaTeX experience (or their knowledge of
> the TeX ecosystem is somewhat out of date), find themselves confused by
> the different versions of the TeX engine: pdfTeX, XeTeX, LuaTeX… In Org
> pdfTeX is the default engine, which in 2022 has a few limitations and is
> really old, but still perfectly meets the needs of a significant group
> of users. However, there may be a number of cases where it is more
> advantageous to compile with LuaTeX, so here I will leave a short list
> of those cases where LuaTeX may be a happy choice over pdfTeX.

> But first it is worth clarifying some things about LuaTeX along with
> some misunderstandings:

> • LuaTeX is the evolution of pdfTeX, therefore LuaTeX can be considered
>   as the current de facto TeX engine. It is intended to replace pdfTeX,
>   and in fact many of us already consider pdfTeX obsolete and
>   deprecated.

Thanks for that list.

Well I have felt in the past the same about pdftex, but I have partially
switched to xetex precisely on the reasons you list.

I have not have the time, to really try out Luatex. Did you have the
time to compare it with XeTeX?


Uwe Brauer 

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