A Guide to LATEX: Document Preparation for Beginners and Advanced Users / Edition 4

A Guide to LATEX: Document Preparation for Beginners and Advanced Users / Edition 4

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A Guide to LATEX: Document Preparation for Beginners and Advanced Users / Edition 4

Published Nov 25, 2003 by Addison-Wesley Professional. Part of the Tools and Techniques for Computer Typesetting series. The series editor may be contacted at frank.mittelbach@latex-project.org. 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.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780321173850
Publisher: Addison-Wesley
Publication date: 12/09/2003
Series: Tools and Techniques for Computer Typesetting Series
Edition description: REV
Pages: 597
Sales rank: 725,119
Product dimensions: 7.33(w) x 9.19(h) x 0.89(d)

Table of Contents



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.




Special characters.


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.


Generalized lists.

Theorem-like declarations.

Printing literal text.

Comments within text.

5. Text in Boxes.


Footnotes and marginal notes.

6. Tables.

Tabulator stops.


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.



User-defined commands.

User-defined environments.

Some comments on user-defined structures.


11. Document Management.

Processing parts of a document.

In-text references.


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.


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.


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 Language: XML.

F: Obsolete LaTeX.

The 2.09 preamble.

Font selection.

Obsolete means obsolete.

G: Command Summary.

Brief description of the LaTeX commands.

Summary tables and figures.


Index. 0321173856T11132003

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