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I'm relatively new to TeX, which means I did nothing more than homework and some math things with it.

Now I'd like to write invoices with LaTeX (for reusability etc.)

I am not searching for a template.

What I'm looking for is actually more a starting point and maybe some resources that already helped other people to get started with writing invoices or similar kinds of documents.

Where should I start in order to learn to write more complex documents with LaTeX? What helped you?

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There's a list of resources in CTAN that could be useful: Writing invoices

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the link is broken –  user4035 Apr 24 '13 at 14:47
    
@user4035 I've fixed it. Thank you! –  Gonzalo Medina Apr 24 '13 at 16:14
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Invoices are -- usually -- letters. You need to know the requirements for invoices of your country. E.g. in Germany you need to number consecutively all your invoices of a year.

In case your invoices consist of many single items plus price and you need something like longtable to print all positions, you are in trouble. There is, as far as I know, no way to have subtotals at the bottom of the page.

You could start learning LaTeX and Lua, because there will be an engine named "LuaTeX" (there are beta-versions already available), which can be used to calculate inside your *.tex-file. I'd be very surprised if there were no packages or at least code examples how to calculate and print invoices using LuaTeX until end of the year.

Become a member of your local TUG. In Germany that would be Dante e.V.

Regards, Alexander

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By "subtotals at the bottom of the page" you refer to invoices that are longer than one page because of the large amount of positions, is that correct? I sometimes have a few positions, however in most cases only one. –  Martin Klepsch Apr 14 '11 at 20:46
    
@MartinKlepsch Sorry, didn't notice your question. However, YES, I reffered to invoices consisting many items. –  Keks Dose May 24 '11 at 13:06
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