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I've got interest from someone in LaTeX, but she's not a computer person. She is smart, very smart, but not a computer person. i.e. She didn't know that typing something on the command line ran a program, she thought they were all part of the command line. Is there a really basic introduction to LaTeX and markup in general for her? Something that will start from basic concepts, and build from there, without going into 'here are a zillion editor options and different versions of LaTeX' like the wikibook does? I think the wikibook is a great resource once you understand what is going on, but I'd like an introduction to explain the basic concept, perhaps with some very minimal examples?

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Not so short introduction to LaTeX which can also be found by texdoc lshort – cmhughes Aug 22 '12 at 15:03
@cmhughes That looks good, but it needs to be updated for pdflatex desperately. Also needs to explain what markup is. – Canageek Aug 22 '12 at 15:07
I have found that the tag tutorials exist which, I hope, covers what you meant by introduction. – yo' Aug 22 '12 at 15:09
@tohecz Works for me – Canageek Aug 22 '12 at 15:18
This previous question: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/11/… was in the 'Related' section. It may be worth a look, if you haven't already. – User 17670 Aug 22 '12 at 15:41

I've learned with this awesome manual and I think it's exactly what you want.


If you are a Mac user, for me TexShop is the best option.


For PC Texniccenter is a very good option and it has a very simple installation guide.


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