I propose the following tag synonyms, where the parentheses show the current number of questions under that tag:

  1. pdftex (10) <- pdflatex (48)
  2. xetex (26) <- xelatex (17)
  3. luatex (7) <- lualatex (4)

My reasoning is that what's important about the tag is the engine behind it, and we already have tags —[latex-general], [plain-tex], [context]— to talk about formats.

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    Sounds sensible to me, as we've deliberately avoided 'latex'.
    – Joseph Wright Mod
    Nov 9, 2010 at 7:08
  • I'm in favour, but I think we should wait at least a day to see if anyone has any sensible objections. Nov 9, 2010 at 11:04
  • Just out of curiosity: Would xecontext be a valid tag, a synonym for xetex or a synonym for context?
    – lockstep
    Nov 9, 2010 at 20:25
  • @lockstep: I've never seen xecontext (is it the name of a shell script?) but if it's Context 2 on Xetex, both context and xetex are appropriate tags for such questions. I don't think the chances are high of that tag being created, but according to the scheme above, it could be a synonym for xetex. Likewise with Context 2 on Pdftex: hopefully we don't see pdfcontext either! Nov 9, 2010 at 23:30
  • @Charles Stewart: XeConTeXt is one of the "engines" offered by the TeXworks editor.
    – lockstep
    Nov 10, 2010 at 16:45
  • @lockstep: OK, that seems likely enough to appear. Nov 12, 2010 at 11:34
  • The ConTeXt people are always pretty clear: it's just 'ConTeXt'. While TeXworks might have a 'XeConTeXt' drop-down, this is not how the ConTeXt developers look at it.
    – Joseph Wright Mod
    Nov 14, 2010 at 17:23
  • Probably anyone using ConTeXt is smart enough to realize that XeConTeXt is merely an abbreviation for using ConTeXt with XeTeX...
    – SamB
    Dec 6, 2010 at 21:38

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Now that a few days have passed, with only positive feedback, and I have conveniently acquired the req. reputation, I've made tag synonym requests to xetex and luatex. The synonym to pdftex, though, I can't create, because pdflatex has far more qns than pdftex: this will need a moderator action, I think.

  • Nope, I can't do this either! I guess we need someone from SO to sort this out. (I've approved the others)
    – Joseph Wright Mod
    Nov 14, 2010 at 17:22
  • Ah, I've found it under the 'mod hammer' menu :-) Sorted
    – Joseph Wright Mod
    Nov 14, 2010 at 17:26
  • Current;y, the number of posts tagged 'pdftex' is only saying 11, but when you follow through you get the ~60 there should be. I'm therefore hopeful that this has worked! (I've added a synonym as well.)
    – Joseph Wright Mod
    Nov 14, 2010 at 17:32
  • A few days ago, @Blake Stacey was awarded the "Taxonomist" badge for pdflatex. Now the badge list gives him credit for "No longer available". So I'm quite sure your "mod hammer" has worked.
    – lockstep
    Nov 14, 2010 at 18:26
  • @lockstep: Hmm, that's a little confusing, to say the least. I guess we have to accept the occasional awkwardness when carry out any 'tidying up' changes.
    – Joseph Wright Mod
    Nov 14, 2010 at 18:44
  • @Joseph: Great, thanks. Nov 15, 2010 at 10:35

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