Our chosen TeX implementation is emTeX, which is public domain and state-of-the-art. It is named after its author, Eberhard Mattes.1 4TeX's power lies in the integration of extended graphics support, automatic format generation, automatic font generation, support for many different output devices, BibTeX, Metafont, MakeIndex, amSpell and many other utilities.
A TeX system consists of a host of separate programs: you must prepare your
TeX input file with an ascii editor; the actual TeX `compiler' converts this input file
.dvi file (from DeVice Independent); separate programs generate printed
output from the
.dvi file and allow you to preview the typeset page on your
All of the programs included in 4TeX, especially the various versions of the compiler and the print and preview programs, require lots of parameters and/or environment variables. The menu system 4TeX is designed to shield you from managing these parameters and variables.
However, the standard installation may not fit your personal requirements, or you may be unhappy about the changes 4TeX forces on their system setup. Therefore, we also include the basic information needed to set up one's own system, or to adapt 4TeX to one's individual needs.
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