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How can I explain the meaning of LaTeX to my grandma?

I wrote a book about LaTeX, and my proud grandma wanted to have a copy. So she got it, said "What a beautiful picture on the cover!" and - "What is this, LaTeX?". She doesn't know Word, never used a ...
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Why should I use LaTeX?

I have heard a lot about LaTeX, but never used it myself. It is mainly used for typesetting professional research papers. But I am not writing research papers. Is LaTeX for me? If yes, why should I ...
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Would using LaTex instead of LibreOffice benefit me for writing my dissertation?

I am a complete LaTeX/TeX novice. I know nothing about it and have never used it. I have been reading about it today as it was been recommended to me but I can't work out if it is suitable for my use ...
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The differences between TeX engines

I am confused about what TeX and its offspring (LaTeX, pdfTeX/pdfLaTeX, e-TeX, ConTeXt, LuaTeX, etc.) are. Some, like LaTeX, seem like add ons to TeX (maybe a change to the eyes and mouth, but not ...
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How does TeX actually work?

Lots of useful information for human beings, especially in academia. But, what is actually underlying the TeX engine? How does it really work? Does it parse everything and just put the stuff together? ...
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Which programming language is used by TikZ/PGF?

I've been playing with TikZ for while, and now I want to dig a bit deeper and produce some reusable components for future references. There are certain syntax that are used in many examples on TikZ ...
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Do I need LaTeX?

I read that LaTeX is all about "typesetting". What does that mean? What is typesetting? I read some FAQs, they showed the code, not the output. Following are my needs and I am not sure whether ...
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How LaTeX compiler is written

Looking for some introductory materials on LaTeX compiler. I would like to know more about how a LaTeX compiler is built
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What is LaTeX? a software or a makup language?

According to Wikipedia: LaTeX is a document preparation system and document markup language. LaTeX is not the name of a particular editing program, but refers to the encoding or tagging ...
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What is TeX used for?

I'm a student right now and I'm wondering if it would be beneficial for me to learn LaTeX as of right now and if it would have any use of it to me. I do quite a lot of writing but they don't require ...
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TeX within a LaTeX document?

I'm new to LaTeX and I guess I'm still a little confused about the difference between TeX and LaTeX. Under what circumstances would you actually need to define new TeX macros within a LaTeX document? ...
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LaTeX structure

I have question about LaTeX structure and how LaTeX works? Is it just a set of macros for TeX? What happens, when I call latex somefile.tex? Does latex just includes somefile into a file, which ...
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Is Tex/LaTex appropriate for my situation

Is TeX a good idea for my current situation? I'm currently maintaining documentation for a piece of software, so I came up with my own .doc template with the official company header/footer. Since ...
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What is the main difference between command latex, tex, pdflatex, pdftex … and all the other commands? [duplicate]

I am new to TeX world, and I use pdfLatex very often. But sometimes pdfLatex do not work. So I begin to wonder what the difference between all these tex commands. Please give me some guiding ...