LaTeX


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This is a guide to the LaTeX markup language. It is intended to form a useful resource for everybody from new users who wish to learn, to old hands who need a quick reference.

TeX and LaTeX

TeX is a computer program for typesetting documents, created by Donald Knuth. It takes a suitably prepared computer file and converts it to a form which may be printed on many kinds of printers, including dot-matrix printers, laser printers and high-resolution typesetting machines. LaTeX is a set of macros for TeX that aims at reducing the user's task to the sole role of writing the content, LaTeX taking care of all the formatting process. A number of well-established publishers now use TeX or LaTeX to typeset books and mathematical journals. It is also well appreciated by users caring about typography, consistent formatting, efficient collaborative writing and open formats.

The book is organized in different parts.

  • Getting Started will provide you with the very first steps to print your first document: general concepts (very important!), software installation, and basic syntax.
  • Common Elements groups all common features you would expect from a document processor, covering fonts, layout, colors, lists, figures and others.
  • Mechanics are some topics that are not really necessary to write a basic document, but could help you understand how some parts of the machinery work. These topics are required for fine tuning documents. Use them as support for various chapters, as they are often being referred to.
  • Technical Texts focuses on different specialized matters, mostly for scientific work.
  • Special Pages is for the structured pages usually put in appendices.
  • Special Documents: this part tackles other kind of documents different from the classic article style.
  • Creating Graphics is for the process of writing graphics from a LaTeX document.
  • Programming or how to create your own macros and packages.
  • Miscellaneous contains everything that does not fit in the previous parts, like project management and other subjects related to LaTeX but not inherent to LaTeX itself.
  • Help and Recommendations : the FAQ encompasses very common pitfalls and important recommendations for everyone, we urge you to read it; the Tips and Tricks are much more specific matters.
  • Appendices.


ContentsEdit

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If you have questions related to LaTeX, ask at the Q&A.

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  1. Getting Started
    1. Introduction 100% developed  as of Oct 3, 2006
    2. Installation 100% developed  as of Sep 4, 200
    3. Installing Extra Packages 100% developed  as of Aug 24, 2007
    4. Basics 100% developed  as of Aug 24, 2007
  2. Common Elements
    1. Document Structure 100% developed  as of Aug 24, 2007
    2. Text Formatting 100% developed  as of Oct 3, 2006
    3. Paragraph Formatting 100% developed  as of Oct 3, 2006
    4. Colors 100% developed  as of Sep 7, 2008
    5. Fonts 100% developed  as of Oct 3, 2006
    6. List Structures 100% developed  as of March 13, 2011
    7. Special Characters 100% developed  as of Apr 24, 2012
    8. Internationalization 100% developed  as of Oct 21, 2010
    9. Rotations 100% developed  as of Dec 20, 2012
    10. Tables 100% developed  as of Oct 3, 2006
    11. Title creation 100% developed  as of Oct 3, 2006
    12. Page Layout 100% developed  as of Oct 3, 2006
    13. Importing Graphics 100% developed  as of Oct 3, 2006
    14. Floats, Figures and Captions 100% developed  as of Oct 3, 2006
    15. Footnotes and Margin Notes 100% developed  as of Apr 24, 2012
    16. Hyperlinks 100% developed  as of Sep 7, 2008
    17. Labels and Cross-referencing 100% developed  as of Oct 9, 2006
  3. Mechanics
    1. Errors and Warnings 75% developed  as of Aug 24, 2007
    2. Lengths 100% developed  as of Oct 3, 2006
    3. Counters 100% developed  as of Dec 20, 2012
    4. Boxes 100% developed  as of Dec 20, 2012
    5. Rules and Struts 100% developed  as of Dec 20, 2012
  4. Technical Texts
    1. Mathematics 100% developed  as of Oct 13, 2006
    2. Advanced Mathematics 75% developed  as of Jun 29, 2010
    3. Theorems 75% developed  as of Oct 9, 2006
    4. Chemical Graphics 75% developed  as of Jul 3, 2007
    5. Algorithms 75% developed  as of Dec 3, 2007
    6. Source Code Listings 100% developed  as of Dec 20, 2012
    7. Linguistics 75% developed  as of Sep 8, 2011
  5. Special Pages
    1. Indexing 75% developed  as of Aug 24, 2007
    2. Glossary 75% developed  as of Jun 7, 2010
    3. Bibliography Management 75% developed  as of Oct 3, 2006
    4. More Bibliographies 25% developed  as of Apr 24, 2012
  6. Special Documents
    1. Letters 75% developed  as of Apr 24, 2007
    2. Presentations 75% developed  as of Sep 7, 2008
    3. Teacher's Corner 50% developed  as of Apr 24, 2012
    4. Curriculum Vitae 50% developed  as of Nov 21, 2012
  7. Creating Graphics
    1. Introducing Procedural Graphics 100% developed  as of Jul 3, 2007
    2. MetaPost 0% developed  as of Jan 5, 2013
    3. Picture 50% developed  as of Jul 3, 2007
    4. PGF/TikZ 25% developed  as of Jul 3, 2007
    5. PSTricks 50% developed  as of Jul 3, 2007
    6. Xy-pic 25% developed  as of Jul 3, 2007
    7. Creating 3D graphics 0% developed
  8. Programming
    1. Macros 100% developed  as of Apr 24, 2012
    2. Plain TeX 100% developed  as of Jan 13, 2013
    3. Creating Packages 100% developed  as of Apr 24, 2012
    4. Themes 75% developed  as of Jan 13, 2013
  9. Miscellaneous
    1. Modular Documents 100% developed  as of Oct 3, 2006
    2. Collaborative Writing of LaTeX Documents 75% developed  as of Aug 29, 2007
    3. Export To Other Formats 100% developed  as of Jan 19, 2007
  10. Help and Recommendations
    1. FAQ 100% developed  as of Dec 21, 2012
    2. Tips and Tricks 75% developed  as of Oct 3, 2006
  11. Appendices
    1. Authors 0% developed  as of Apr 24, 2012
    2. Links 0% developed  as of Oct 3, 2006
    3. Package Reference 0% developed  as of Apr 24, 2012
    4. Sample LaTeX documents 0% developed  as of July 31, 2007
    5. Index 0% developed  as of Sep 7, 2008
    6. Command Glossary 0% developed  as of Oct 3, 2006

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