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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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.Features
- 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.
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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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...
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Explains LaTeX in a way that's easy to understand, and only tells you what you need to know; nothing superfluous. Read morePublished on 6 Jan. 2011 by J. Owen
An invaluable guide to LATEX. Well written, systematic, concise and well indexed.
LATEX isn't perfect, nor is this manual, but it introduces you to the basic skills of... Read more
I went through the book and found it easy to read. It gives a good overview of the workings of LaTeX. Read morePublished on 25 Aug. 2003
For a book about typesetting, it is really ugly, as most of the books that have been designed with LaTeX I guess. Read morePublished on 3 Aug. 1999
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