My only knowledge of LaTeX is that it is a markup language that lets me concentrate on the structure of my document rather than its appearance. It uses tags similar to HTML.
My problem is that I've only experienced all that through reading tutorials and Wikipedia.
How do I start using LaTeX on Windows XP? I have programming experience in Python and MATLAB. I would prefer to start out "raw" or low-level, without any WYSIWYG's, so that I can get my hands dirty and understand how it works. But any answers about WYSIWYG's would surely be helpful as well.
I have just installed LyX, but I'm not sure if it fits my "raw" preference well enough.