We have a tag to refer about pdf(La)TeX, but no actual way to tag a question specifically for the classic latex or tex compilers. For example I don't know how to tag questions ala "How to use PNG images with latex". In contrast, a question like "How to use EPS images with pdflatex" can be tagged with .

Using would be a workaround, but after all , which is about the PDF format per se, would be wrong for related questions.

Should we create a tag or similar?

May 7th 2012:

I now created the with synonyms (for easier typing) and (alternative suggestion). Please use it as follows:

  • Questions about the latex compiler which outputs .dvi files should be tagged with .
  • Questions in general about producing DVI files should be also tagged with .
  • Questions about the DVI format itself, like how to convert it to a different format, should be tagged with .
  • It would be possible to use both tags together if the question is about producing and converting DVI files etc.

This is analog to the existing tags and .

2 Answers 2


I suggest using .

Today usually the DVI mode of pdfTeX is used. pdfTeX is the default engine in modern TeX distributions and capable of producing both PDF and DVI.

makes clear that we

  • don't mean DVI as format, which is covered by the tag,
  • actually deal with a mode of a TeX engine rather than a non-pdfTeX engine. tex as part of the name is not required on a TeX site.
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    That's makes perfectly sense. I support this proposal. Jul 9, 2011 at 23:22

I don't like {dvitex} since it's not used in any other context. Can we have symbols in tags? If so, how about

  • {tex+dvi}

Edit: It appears that we can't have + in a tag, but we can have hyphens, so instead:

  • {tex-dvi}
  • BTW: you can write [tag:thetagname] to get {thetagname} with a link to the tag page. Jul 7, 2011 at 15:11
  • We can have - in tag names (e.g. tikz-pgf) but + seems to be reserved because it is used for the URL encoding. Jul 7, 2011 at 15:13
  • I'm against the use of dvips because its really just about that program. As a variation of your first suggestion we could use tex-dvi. Jul 7, 2011 at 15:15
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    @Martin I guess I agree about dvips; I'll remove that option so that people can vote just on the tex-dvi suggestion.
    – Alan Munn
    Jul 7, 2011 at 15:39

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