[nSLUG] Learning TEX

Jeff Warnica jeff at coherentnetworksolutions.com
Wed May 30 10:19:11 ADT 2007

I personally avoid TeX and LaTeX entirely, but the consensus is that  
just about everyone should avoid straight TeX and use LaTeX (or one of  
the other "high level" macro packages).

If you are looking to make documents that look reasonable, multiple  
output formats, automatic ToC, indexes, sections, pagebreaks, etc...  
Use Docbook. If you need formulas, you can use MathML, or just make  
images from very small (La)TeX sources.

Quoting Mike Spencer <mspencer at tallships.ca>:

> Yow!  Thanks for the pointers, George. Almost all of your comments are
> stuff I didn't find when groveling through (what purports to be) the
> teTeX documentation.
> This may all be too hard, considering how infrequently I have to
> prepare a professional-looking document.  I downloaded the short,
> markup version of lshort.pfd recommended by Vikram and (after tweaking
> the the Makefile) ran make. Lots of warning messages, numerous output
> files of 7 or 8 types the purpose of which is unclear. And the
> resulting PDF is pretty and readable but has lots of bits missing.
> I remember that I was knocked silly by Emacs until I went and bought
> the manual.  Now I I don't condiser a machine a working computer until
> Emacs is up.  So...
>> Eventually you will need "The LaTeX Companion", a comprehensive
>> resource...
> maybe I should get that.  Is it available in Halifax?
>> Most academic users start with the source of some article their
>> thesis supervisor wrote and use it as boilerplate.
> Ha! :-)  So they mostly don't have to know what the \hentracks do.
> Just make it look like the boss's stuff does.
> Well, I'll read the piece Vikram recommended, look for the book George
> says is comprehensive.
> Scott> http://kile.sourceforge.net/
> Do you have to actually run KDE to use that? Or will it work in X if
> the KDE libs are installed?  I use X but no "desktop".
> Ho hum.  Maybe I sould just try to get Corel WordPerfet or some other
> WYSIWYG word processor working.  The lasttime I had to make a
> pretty-printed document, I did HTML markup and printed it from the
> browser.  Cringe.  Two years ago, maybe?
> Tnx,
> - Mike
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