Covers core LaTeX from the ground up, and discusses commonly used packages for graphics, web integration, and more. The LaTeX Companion, by, frank Mittelbach, Michel Goossens, Johannes Braams, David Carlisle, and, chris Rowley (Addison-Wesley, isbn 9-6, second edition, 2004). The TeX Catalogue has descriptions for most TeX packages, and may help you find what you need. The t site provides online lookup of package documentation, based on the texdoc command-line program. And then run pdflatex myfile. Tex from a command line to get PDF output. Or run latex to get DVI output, instead of PDF. Help using TeX Finding software and/or packages: The Comprehensive TeX Archive Network (ctan) is the primary repository for TeX-related software on the Internet.
Thus, in contrast to standard word processors, your document is a separate file that does not pretend to be a representation of the final typeset output, and so can be easily edited and manipulated. You can join TUG or another user group and have physical discs sent to you, or you can purchase the distributions without joining. These distributions are (almost entirely) free software, so you can also download the big ISO images and burn your own discs; see the distribution home pages for details. Books to buy, since TeX predates the Internet, let alone the web, it has a long tradition of documentation being available in book form. (Not to mention being a typesetting program!) Here are the books we recommend most highly.
Getting Started with TeX, LaTeX, and Friends, this page is for the benefit of new TeX system users. As such, it tries to be short and simple. (An even shorter getting-started document is available.
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