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LATEX: a Document Preparation System : User's Guide and Reference Manual (Addison-Wesley Series on Tools and Techniques for Computer T) Paperback – 30 Jun 1994

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley; 2 edition (30 Jun. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201529831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201529838
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 1.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 472,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

This authoritative user's guide and reference manual for the LATEX computer typesetting system has been revised to document features now available in the new standard software release - LATEX2e. The new edition features additional styles and functions, improved font handling, and enhanced graphics capabilities. Other parts of the book have been revised to reflect user comments and suggestions. Selected sections have been rewritten to explain challenging concepts or functions, and the descriptions of both MakeIndex and BibTEX have been updated. New LATEX users will want to start with this book, and current users, particularly as they upgrade to the LATEX2e software, will be eager to obtain the most up-to-date version of its associated manual.

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  • Revised version of the authoritative user's guide and reference manual for the LATEX computer typesetting system.
  • Features the new standard software release - LATEX2e.
  • Sections rewritten to explain difficult concepts or functions.


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About the Author

Leslie Lamport, a computer scientist, is well known for his contributions to concurrent computing and distributed systems. His "Time, Clocks, and the Ordering of Events in a Distributed System" paper has been honored for its enduring influence on the field. Lamport is also known for creating the LaTeX typesetting system and the best-selling book, LaTeX, Second Edition, which documents it (Addison-Wesley, 1994). Now at Microsoft Research in Mountain View, California, he began his work on TLA+ at the Digital (later Compaq) Systems Research Center in Palo Alto. Lamport, who earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from Brandeis University, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.



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Now, admittedly, when I got this book, I already was somewhat familiar with LaTeX, so I do not know whether it is well tailored to be an introduction to LaTeX. However, as a reference, it is unbeaten.
I worked with many books about LaTeX, some with three times as many pages as Leslie's, yet with only half as much information in them. This book has the information you need to write a scientific LaTeX document, be it a report, an article, or a thesis. And it has only the information that you need, no unnecessary ballast.
To give an example, this book is the only one I ever found that actually exactly explained how to implement a picture/chart/diagram into a LaTeX document. Now that I have understood the idea, I actually find it dead easy. None of the other author's actually seemed to have grasped the concept, but rather just messed around until the picture was magically in there, and his superior knowledge of this matter may, of course purely accidentally, have something to do with the fact that Leslie wrote that software...
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I have learned LaTeX from Lamport's book and every time I need some basic information on LaTeX commands, I find it there. The book is perhaps not written in the very pedagogical way for total beginners, however, LaTeX was never really meant to be used by such people. Those of you, which are not totally novice in using computers, will find book rather easy to read if you know anything about Latex or not.
I must confess to the critics above that I never suceeded to undestand what the fragile command is, but after more than a year of active LaTeXing I never actually needed that information (knock knock on the wood). On the other hand, jokes might be dull, but this is a matter of taste and the book isn't meant to make you smile anyway.
To summary, if you are not totaly novice in using computers, you can easily use this book to learn LaTeX and later as a primary reference book.
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As a person fairly new to TeX, I found this book most helpful. I made a surprising discovery this summer while working with professional scientists who write almost everything in LaTex: many of them used this book, too! It, along with it's companions, are THE reference for many of these scientists. The one shortcoming of this, as well as every LaTeX guide I have seen, is that it doesn't explain how to include external postscript graphics at all, something we all need to do, it seems.
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By A Customer on 2 Nov. 2000
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LaTeX is the standard for scientific papers and rightly so. The book by the author of LaTeX is an excellent introduction to the programme. I have used it for a number of years now. If I would ever loose it, I would buy it right again.
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By A Customer on 9 Jun. 1999
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We TeX-heads (with apologies to Knuth that I didn't say TeXnicians) should all bow to Lamport for his LaTeX package, a masterpiece of macro programming and design. That said, while you'll need a copy of this book with its handy tear-out card as a reference, it is not the best way to learn LaTeX. For that you need "LaTeX Line by Line" by Diller. The problem here is that Lamport created the package, but he hasn't organized the material very well to explain it. I remember back when I first encountered LaTeX (circa 1987) and tried to learn it with only the first edition of this book. That was truly an excercise in futility. It's much easier to come up to speed by NOT using Lamport's book as your primer. But go ahead, buy the book. You'll need the command reference and that little fold-out card... .
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The last time I used Tex I was doing my undergraduate dissertation and windows 3.1 had just arrived. So there was no real alternative. It was a nightmare - an experience that scarred me for life so I have avoided Tex like the plague.

Then I find I need to write equations and there is no alternative to TeX but LaTeX takes the pain out of using TeX. So for an introduction to LaTeX and to get you started this is the best book. It is quick and easy to read and within hours you will be writing confidently in LaTeX.

I read the review that says how ugly it is and that TeX should not ge used for books - it is not the prettiest but compared to what Word etc. do to your equations there is no comparison.
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The Author of this book is simply the initial developer of LaTeX. For me, this book is the right place to look for answers concerning LaTeX 2e, but only the simple ones, because this book covers only the very basics of LaTeX. In this book you won't find answers for more complicated tasks. You won't find also detailed descriptions of the most important Packages. To answer those complicated questions you need The Latex Companion. However, for those who want to learn LaTeX, and learn it well (in my opinion), this book is a must have.
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Latex: a document preparation system was stolen in a burglary, along with my laptop. Not having this book makes writing papers a lot harder to get right. Mainly reference to remind me how things are done; but necessary to prepare well laid out and attractive papers. The content is solely my problem. Indispensible.
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