Frank C Langbein
Ex Tenebris Scientia

TeX and related programs such as LaTeX, MetaFont, BibTeX, MetaPost (often referred to as TeX and friends) form an advanced typesetting system for creating typographically high-quality documents. It is mainly aimed at creating mathematical and scientific documents, but is equally well suited for other complicated typesetting tasks such as long documents or multi-lingual documents and also works very well for everyday typesetting notes, letters, reports, etc. While it takes a little effort to learn, after you know how to use it, it can substantially simplify any document typesetting tasks.

This course provides an introduction to the core concepts of TeX/LaTeX with an emphasis of scientific publications. It is aimed at PhD students and anyone with a general understanding of how to use a computer. It may also in particular be suitable for BSc and MSc students who seek to find a better alternative to the typical typesetting systems to generate reports, coursework answers, etc.


I. Basic Components and Essential LaTeX
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II. Formatting and Layout
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Page Layout
III. Figures and Tables
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IV. Basic Mathematics and AMSLaTeX
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V. PDFLaTeX and Slides
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VI. BIBTeX and MakeIndex
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VII. Useful Things...
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The material for this course is developed at the Typesetting with TeX/LaTeX development site. Current releases of the sources for the above slides:


This course is scheduled irregularly depending on need and requests from students. You may actually be able to get sufficient information by reading the above slides.

Cite as Typesetting with TeX/LaTeX, by Frank C Langbein [ 9/March/2011, 14:44].
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