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The LaTeX document preparation system
LaTeX (pronounced ``LAH-tech'' or ``LAY-tech'') is a complete
system for typesetting documents. It is based on the TeX system
(see `The LaTeX and TeX typesetting systems') by Donald Knuth.
- LaTeX has a number of prepackaged styles for
letters, reports, articles, books, and other common
- If you are writing a thesis or dissertation at New Mexico
Tech, there is a prepackaged style that makes it easy for
you to conform to the formatting rules of the Graduate
Office. See Writing a New Mexico Tech thesis with LaTeX.
- It creates a number of features for you automatically:
your table of contents, lists of figures and tables,
index, and bibliography.
- It is the premier system for math typesetting. Because
it was designed by a mathematician, not only
is it quick and easy to typeset even quite complex math, but
LaTeX renders it beautifully.
- LaTeX also helps you do an excellent job of formatting
complex tables and diagrams.
- All the software is free and runs on all current platforms.
See the Wikipedia page for LaTeX for downloads.
- It takes a bit longer to learn than, say, MS Word.
- The Not So Short Introduction to LaTeX 2e is a
free online book by Tobias Oetiker.
- An indispensable book: there is a copy in the
Writing Center in Fitch 18.
Kopka, Helmut, and Patrick W. Daly. Guide to LaTeX.
Fourth Edition. Addison-Wesley, 2004, ISBN
- `Notes from the TCC LaTeX Boot Camp': Examples from the Tech Computer
Center's intensive six-session free LaTeX course. We can
offer this course again anytime there is demand.
Next: The Plain TeX document preparation system
See also: The LaTeX and TeX typesetting systems
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