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A Guide to LATEX: Document Preparation for Beginners and Advanced Users

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Publisher Comments:

LaTeX is the text-preparation system of choice for scientists and academics, and is especially useful for typesetting technical materials. This popular book shows you how to begin using LaTeX to create high-quality documents. The book also serves as a handy reference for all LaTeX users. In this completely revised edition, the authors cover the LaTeX2ε standard and offer more details, examples, exercises, tips, and tricks. They go beyond the core installation to describe the key contributed packages that have become essential to LaTeX processing.

Inside, you will find:

  • Complete coverage of LaTeX fundamentals, including how to input text, symbols, and mathematics; how to produce lists and tables; how to include graphics and color; and how to organize and customize documents
  • Discussion of more advanced concepts such as bibliographical databases and BIBTeX, math extensions with AMS-LaTeX, drawing, slides, and letters
  • Helpful appendices on installation, error messages, creating packages, using LaTeX with HTML and XML, and fonts
  • An extensive alphabetized listing of commands and their uses

New to this edition:

  • More emphasis on LaTeX as a markup language that separates content and form--consistent with the essence of XML
  • Detailed discussions of contributed packages alongside relevant standard topics
  • In-depth information on PDF output, including extensive coverage of how to use the hyperref package to create links, bookmarks, and active buttons

As did the three best-selling editions that preceded it, Guide to LaTeX, Fourth Edition, will prove indispensable to anyone wishing to gain the benefits of LaTeX.

The accompanying CD-ROM is part of the TeX Live set distributed by TeX Users Groups, containing a full LaTeX installation for Windows, MacOSX, and Linux, as well as many extensions, including those discussed in the book.

0321173856B10162003

Synopsis:

Fully revised to cover the most up-to-date versions of LATEX, this accessible and practical tutorial contains all of the information you will need to get up and running with LATEX, and is an essential reference tool to users at all levels. With this book you will: master the basics of LATEX and explore more advanced topics, including user-defined extensions; get up to speed with the latest LATEX extensions for adaptations to other languages; and benefit from detailed appendices, including the Command Summary and Summary tables.

Synopsis:

Document Preparation For Beginners And Advanced Users. If you are a user with little or no experience of computers or text formatting and you wont to muster LATEX to produce documents of high quality, then this book is essential reading. Fully revised to cover the most up-to-date versions of LATEX this accessible and practical tutorial contains all of the information you will need to get up and running with LATEX, and is an essential reference tool to users at all levels. This book will enable you to: Master the basics of LATEX and explore more advanced topics including user-defined extensions Get up to speed with the latest LATEX extensions for adaptations to other languages Explore numerous practical examples and pick up handy tips for avoiding common problems Benefit from detailed appendices including the Command Summary and Summary Tables New to this Edition Completely updated to cover the latest releases and upgrades of LATEX Covers new features including graphics importation and PostScript font installation Section on LATEX and the World Wide Web Section on LATEX on Windows & Windows NT Section on installations for 32 bit PC

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 561-562) and index.

About the Author

Helmut Kopka was previously a scientific staff member at the Max-Planck-Institut für Aeronomie in Germany. He was involved in writing one of the first TeX drivers for HP LaserJet and subsequently introduced TeX and LaTeX into his institute, where it has become the standard text-processing system for scientific publications.

Patrick W. Daly is a scientific staff member at the Max-Planck-Institut für Aeronomie in Germany. He has written formatting styles for several scientific journals and is the author of the natbib package for flexible bibliographic citations and of the custom-bib system for customizing bibliographic styles for use with BibTeX.

0321173856AB10162003

Table of Contents

Preface.

I. BASICS.

1. Introduction.

Just what is LaTeX?

Markup Languages.

TEX and its offspring.

How to use this book.

Basics of a LaTeX file.

TEX processing procedure.

Sample LaTeX file.
2. Text, Symbols, and Commands.

Command names and arguments.

Environments.

Declarations.

Lengths.

Special characters.

Exercises.

Fine-tuning text.

Word division.
3. Document Layout and Organization.

Document class.

Page style.

Parts of the document.

Table of contents.
4. Displaying Text.

Changing font style.

Centering and indenting.

Lists.

Generalized lists.

Theorem-like declarations.

Printing literal text.

Comments within text.
5. Text in Boxes.

Boxes.

Footnotes and marginal notes.
6. Tables.

Tabulator stops.

Tables.
7. Mathematical Formulas.

Mathematical environments.

Main elements of math mode.

Mathematical symbols.

Additional elements.

Fine-tuning mathematics.

Beyond standard LaTeX.
8. Graphics Inclusion and Color.

The graphics packages.

Adding color.
9. Floating tables and figures.

Float placement.

Postponing floats.

Style parameters for floats.

Float captions.

Float examples.

References to figures and tables in text.

Some float packages.
10. User Customizations.

Counters.

Lengths.

User-defined commands.

User-defined environments.

Some comments on user-defined structures.

II. BEYOND THE BASICS.

11. Document Management.

Processing parts of a document.

In-text references.

Bibliographies.

Keyword index.
12. Bibliographic Databases and BibTeX.

The BibTeX program.

Creating a bibliographic database.

Customizing bibliography styles.
13. PostScript and PDF.

LaTeX and PostScript.

Portable Document Format.
14. Multilingual LaTeX.

The babel system.

Contents of the language.dat file.
15. Math Extensions with AMS-LaTeX.

Invoking AMS-LaTeX.

Standard features of AMS-LaTeX.

Further AMS-LaTeX packages.

The AMS fonts.
16. Drawing with LaTeX.

The picture environment.

Extended pictures.

Other drawing packages.
17. Presentation Material.

Slide production with slides class.

Slide production with seminar.

Slide production with the prosper class.

Electronic documents for screen viewing.

Special effects with PDF.
18. Letters.

The LaTeX letter class.

A house letter style.

A model letter customization.

APPENDICES.

A: The New Font Selection Scheme.

Font attributes under NFSS.

Simplified font selection.

Font encoding.
B: Installing and Maintaining LaTeX.

Installing LaTeX.

Obtaining the Adobe euro fonts.

TeX directory structure.

The CTAN servers.

Additional standard files.

The various LaTeX files.
C: Error Messages.

Basic structure of error messages.

Some sample errors.

List of LaTeX error messages.

TeX error messages.

Warnings.

Search for subtle errors.
D: LaTeX Programming.

Class and package files.

LaTeX programming commands.

Changing preprogrammed text.

Direct typing of special letters.

Alternatives for special symbols.

Managing code and documentation.
E. LaTeX and the World Wide Web.

Converting to HTML.

The Extensible Markup

Product Details

ISBN:
9780201398250
Author:
Kopka, Helmut
Author:
Daly, Patrick W.
Publisher:
Addison-Wesley Professional
Location:
Harlow, England ;
Subject:
Computer Graphics - General
Subject:
Desktop Publishing - General
Subject:
Desktop publishing
Subject:
Electronic publishing
Subject:
Computerized typesetting
Subject:
Latex
Copyright:
Edition Number:
3rd ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Tools and Techniques for Computer Typesetting
Series Volume:
Nr. 8905
Publication Date:
20031125
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
XML.</div> </p> <div STYLE="margin-left: 0.2in;"> <b>F: Obsolete LaTeX.</b> </div> <br> <p> <div STYLE="margin-left: 0.4in;">The 2.09 preamble.</div> </p> <p> <div STYLE="margin-left: 0.4in;">Font selection.</div> </p> <p> <div STYLE="mar
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
624
Dimensions:
9.24x6.82x1.18 in. 2.21 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Fully revised to cover the most up-to-date versions of LATEX, this accessible and practical tutorial contains all of the information you will need to get up and running with LATEX, and is an essential reference tool to users at all levels. With this book you will: master the basics of LATEX and explore more advanced topics, including user-defined extensions; get up to speed with the latest LATEX extensions for adaptations to other languages; and benefit from detailed appendices, including the Command Summary and Summary tables.
"Synopsis" by , Document Preparation For Beginners And Advanced Users. If you are a user with little or no experience of computers or text formatting and you wont to muster LATEX to produce documents of high quality, then this book is essential reading. Fully revised to cover the most up-to-date versions of LATEX this accessible and practical tutorial contains all of the information you will need to get up and running with LATEX, and is an essential reference tool to users at all levels. This book will enable you to: Master the basics of LATEX and explore more advanced topics including user-defined extensions Get up to speed with the latest LATEX extensions for adaptations to other languages Explore numerous practical examples and pick up handy tips for avoiding common problems Benefit from detailed appendices including the Command Summary and Summary Tables New to this Edition Completely updated to cover the latest releases and upgrades of LATEX Covers new features including graphics importation and PostScript font installation Section on LATEX and the World Wide Web Section on LATEX on Windows & Windows NT Section on installations for 32 bit PC
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