The Tectonic Typesetting System

Tectonic is a modernized, complete, self-contained TeX/LaTeX engine, powered by XeTeX and TeXLive. This book aims to document the core elements of the Tectonic software system.

Without further ado, we suggest you start with the Introduction!

Contributions are welcome!

This book is, clearly, a work in progress! Contributions of any kind are most welcome — please see the discussion in GitHub issue #62 for some ideas of things that should be documented here.

The documentation is written in Markdown (specifically, CommonMark using pulldown-cmark) and rendered into HTML using mdbook. The source code lives in the docs/ subdirectory of the main tectonic repository. To make and view changes, all you need to do is install mdbook, then run the command:

$ mdbook serve

in the docs/ directory.

Members of the Tectonic community are eager to help if you run into any issues — please launch a discussion on the Tectonic forum if you’d like to get involved!