LaTeX beginner's guide [electronic resource] : create high-quality and professional-looking texts, articles, and books for business and science using LaTeX / Stefan Kottwitz.

Kottwitz, Stefan.
1st edition
Olton, Birmingham : Packt Pub., 2011.
Learn by doing : less theory, more results
1 online resource (336 p.)
LaTeX (Computer file)
Document markup languages.
Computerized typesetting.
Electronic books.
System Details:
text file
Create high-quality and professional-looking texts, articles, and books for Business and Science using LaTeX
Cover; Copyright; Credits; About the Author; About the Reviewers;; Table of Contents; Preface; Chapter 1: Getting Started with LaTeX; What is LaTeX?; How we can benefit; The virtues of open source; Separation of form and content; Portability; Protection for your work; Comparing it to word processor software; What are the challenges?; Installing LaTeX; Time for action-installing TeX Live using the net; installer wizard; Time for action - installing TeX Live offline; Installation on other operating systems; Creating our first document
Time for action - writing our first document with TeXworksSummary; Chapter 2: Formatting Words, Lines, and Paragraphs; Understanding logical formatting; Time for action - titling your document; Exploring the document structure; Understanding LaTeX commands; How LaTeX reads your input; Time for action - trying out the effect of spaces, line; breaks, and empty lines; Commenting your source text; Printing out special symbols; Time for action - writing special characters in our text; Formatting text-fonts, shapes, and styles; Time for action - tuning the font shape; Choosing the font family
Time for action - switching to sans-serif and to typewriter fontsSwitching fonts; Time for action - switching the font family; Summarizing font commands and declarations; Delimiting the effect of commands; Time for action - exploring grouping by braces; Time for action - exploring font sizes; Using environments; Time for action - using an environment to adjust the font size; Saving time and effort-creating your own commands; Time for action - creating our first command using it as an; abbreviation; Gentle spacing after commands; Time for action - adding intelligent spacing to command output
Creating more universal commands-using argumentsTime for action - creating a macro for formatting keywords; Using optional arguments; Time for action - marking keywords with optional formatting; Using boxes to limit the width of paragraphs; Time for action - creating a narrow text column; Common paragraph boxes; Boxes containing more text; Time for action - using the minipage environment; Understanding environments; Breaking lines and paragraphs; Improving hyphenation; Time for action - stating division points for words; Improving the justification further; Time for action - using microtype
Breaking lines manuallyTime for action - using line breaks; Preventing linebreaks; Managing line breaks wisely; Exploring the fine details; Time for action - exploring ligatures; Understanding ligatures; Choosing the right dash; Setting dots; Time for action - using differently spaced dots; Time for action - comparing dots to ellipsis; Setting accents; Time for action - experimenting with accents; Using special characters directly in the editor; Time for action - using accents directly; Turning off full justification; Time for action - justifying a paragraph to the left
Creating ragged-left text
Includes index.
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