From the Back Cover
LaTeX is a free, automated state-of-the-art typesetting system. This book teaches all the ins and outs of LaTeX which are needed to write an article, report, thesis, or book. The book teaches by example, giving many worked out examples showing input and output side by side. The book presents the most recent techniques for presenting data plots, complex graphics, and computer presentations, but does not require previous knowledge. However, it is also a reference for the more seasoned user, with pointers to modern techniques and packages. Recurring themes in the book are consistent and effective presentation, planning and development, controlling style and content, and maintenance.
About the Author
Dr M. R. C. van Dongen is a permanent member of the academic staff of the Computer ScienceDepartment of University College, Cork, Ireland. He is an active member of com.text.tex. His main research area is constraint satisfaction. He has been using LATEX since 1988. He uses LATEX and friends to produce his scientific publications, his lecture presentations, and lecture notes. He has a particular interest in integrating high-quality/ maintainable graphics in pdf documents. To this end he uses metapost and pgf/tikz. Some of his metapost work may be viewed on his website. Examples of his pgf/tikz work, including the source code, may be viewed in his book LATEX and Friends.