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An Introduction to LuaTeX (Part 1): What is it—and what makes it so different?
By Graham Douglas
Image Credit: By Per Erik Strandberg

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In this first article of a new series on LuaTeX, we provide a non-technical background and introduction to help you better understand this incredibly powerful TeX engine: why/how its design enables users to build, design and create a wide range of solutions to complex typesetting and document engineering problems.

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Pandora’s \hbox: Using LuaTeX to Lift the Lid of TeX Boxes
By Graham Douglas

Boxes and glue are two key concepts which provide the foundation for TeX’s typesetting model and capabilities. Building on the introductory material in a previous post, Boxes and Glue: A Brief, but Visual, Introduction Using LuaTeX, this extensively-illustrated article examines boxes and glue in more detail. We also present a new LuaTeX-based Overleaf project that enables you to explore the deep inner structure of TeX boxes—providing insights which will help you to truly understand their behaviour.

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Boxes and Glue: A Brief, but Visual, Introduction Using LuaTeX
By Graham Douglas

This post is a brief introduction to some key concepts/models involved in typesetting with TeX: boxes and glue—“setting the scene” for future articles that will go into much more detail.

A zoomed image section of a typeset paragraph
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Using LuaTeX to run tools and utilities installed on Overleaf’s servers
By Graham Douglas

In this short post we show how to use LuaTeX to run software tools and utilities installed on Overleaf’s servers, including how to capture, and then typeset, text that would normally be displayed in a terminal window. You might want to capture text such as success or failure reports from the program you are running, or the result of issuing command-line options such as --help to see the program’s options, or -v to determine which version of the program is installed.

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