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What are good learning resources for a LaTeX beginner?

Which book (free or otherwise) was the most useful to you when you started learning LaTeX? I am frequently asked this question by friends who want to learn LaTeX, and I recommend the book which got ...
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LaTeX Introductions in languages other than English

Inspired by What is the best book to start learning LaTeX?, I thought that it might be useful to collect a list of the many brilliant introductory LaTeX books and tutorials written in languages other ...
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\usepackage[turkish]{babel} and \includegraphics inconcistency

Here is my document : \documentclass[12pt]{book} % must-have packages \usepackage[turkish]{babel} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} % This package will support Turkish chars % must-have packages ...
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Which books can I read via texdoc?

For years, I was faithfully downloading a copy of TeX by Topic whenever I reinstalled my computer. Then I learnt about texdoc texbytopic and my life got just that smidgen easier. I've just returned ...
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Which manuals are on your “TeX Reference” shelf?

This is a community wiki since there is no "one true answer"- if you find an answer that contains a lot of your choices, but is missing something you feel is incredibly useful. Feel free to add it. ...
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Where can I find good ConTeXt documentation

Where would be a good place to start learning ConTeXt if you haven't got a lot of experience under your belt yet? Any place online or in a bookstore is welcome, provided that the reading is ...
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Beyond Bringhurst: mathematical typesetting

I've been reading The Elements of Typographic Style and I was wondering whether there was a similar resource for specifically mathematical typesetting. Is there a book or other document that sets ...
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Are there any good general typesetting books / references?

I would like to learn more about typesetting, the accepted best practices, rules and tricks used in books, letters, resumes etc. For example, what are the usual left and right margins? Line spacing? ...
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Is there a comprehensive and complete LaTeX reference?

When I dived into Python, I went through the beginner's tutorials. Of course, these tutorials cover only the basics and present only a shallow exhibition of what I can do with Python. Right now I'm ...
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Help in choosing LaTeX2e books in light of LaTeX3 development

I'm quite new to LaTeX (~3 months) and I'm excited about buying the books. I just bought The TeXbook on eBay and hopefully it should arrive next week. I might even want to get a printed copy of TeX by ...
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How to write a book in LaTeX

I have taken a look at other questions, and I don't see any answer to my question. If this is a duplicate for some question I haven't seen, feel free to comment. I am an experienced TeX user, I've ...
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A critique of TeX?

Is there any informative critique of TeX along one or all the lines below: TeX, the typesetting engine (including its algorithms) TeX, the typesetting language TeX, the programming language TeX, the ...
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How to write a book in LaTeX? [duplicate]

I wish to turn several of my blog article series into a PDF e-book but I have never used LaTeX before for creating books. For example, I want to take my Awk One-Liners Explained article series, ...
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How to automatically output page order to print 8 pages of a booklet on a single sheet of Letter paper?

Im new to tex so I'm sorry if this is something is actually easy to do but I cannot find a solution. I want to print a signature/booklet of my book by printing two separate parts of the sig on one ...
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Non-alternating margins in book class

For a book class, I specify margins like this: \usepackage[top=1.25in, bottom=1.25in, left=1.5in, right=1.25in]{geometry} But left and right appear to behave as inner and outer. I need to have the ...
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List of books written in LaTeX with the source available

Is there a list of open source LaTeX books? I've only found these books but I want to know if there is a list with more diversity as this has only mathematical books. I want to find open source books ...
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Why should I buy a TeX/LaTeX guide book?

I am relatively new to TeX/LaTeX and so far learnt all about it using online documentation or question-and-answer websites like this one. Should I consider buying a LaTeX guide book though? What ...
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Are there good books retracing the history of (La)TeX?

I am interested by books focused on the history of (La)TeX from philosophical point of view. That is to say: no textbook, no introduction to LaTeX for beginners but books describing the model of the ...
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LaTeX introduction books 2: “modern” documentation [closed]

Trying to help a couple of completely lost querents here, I looked around and find a couple of nice posts pointing to "introductory" documentation, like for example What are good learning resources ...
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Header and footer for a book using: part on even page and chapter on odd page

My goal is to realize this layout for a book (possibly using fancyhdr, but I'm open to everything): where the current layout is represented in grey. In other words, I want : to put the page ...
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What are good advanced LaTeX books?

I've been using LaTeX for about 3 months, and I'm hooked. My background is programming, so for the basic, google is sufficient. I did some research on amazon.com and found these two books with many ...
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TeX family tree with timeline?

When I first started using TeX, I felt overwhelmed by the myriad of names — BibTeX, XeTeX, LaTeX, XeLaTeX, ConTeXt, LuaTeX, MacTeX, TeXLive — and more. I didn't know the packages from the programs ...
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References for learning how to check for typesetting problems

The following thread discusses a number of tasks one must accomplish to finish up a document: What are the finishing touches you put to a document? Did the original author of TeX make such small ...
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Electronic version of Knuth's “TeXbook”?

I have a printed copy of the TeXbook (from D.E. Knuth) at home. Now that I travel a lot, I don't want to take my library with me every time. Question: Is there a legal way to obtain (=purchase) a PDF ...
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LaTeX Companion as an ebook

Apologies if this seems frivolous but I've been trying to find the LaTeX Companion 2ed by Mittelbach et al. in ebook form. Other than illegal rip-offs there doesn't seem to be anywhere I can buy it ...
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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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Managing volumes of books

I would like to compile all of the books in a series at the same time. This would: Guarantee that everything compiled with consistency. Easily allow for cross-references between books. Allow ...
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\@ifnextchar and friends documentation

While reading this question and its answers I tried to find where, for instance, \@ifnextchar is documented. I'm afraid I couldn't... I looked in TeX: The Program and TeX for the Impatient which can ...
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Which package is best/easiest for a TeX newbie to lay out a book for print?

This question may be a little general and is subjective, but I am asking because I am not sure where my (limited) time should be invested for the problem I have to solve (I'll detail that in a ...
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The TeXbook: Spiral or hard-cover binding?

I would like to purchase Donald Knuth's TeXbook, and I have noticed that there are two versions available. One is a spiral-bound edition, usually sold by itself. The other is a hard-cover edition, ...
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What is Tex's gullet?

Chapter 7 of The TEXbook famously talks of Tex as having 'eyes', 'mouth' and 'stomach' and goes on to talk of Tex's 'digestive processes' and keeps reusing these terms. Chapter 8 introduces talk of ...
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How to organize large documents in small nested folders

Preamble I am writing a large document and I would like to keep it well structured not only in terms of source code (I am aware of commands like \input and include, as well as the standalone ...
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Conditions for fancy chapter title

I use a book class and here is a part of my fancy title page for the mainmatter chapters. \newlength\chapterwidth \settowidth\chapterwidth{\huge\chaptertitlename} \titleformat{\chapter}[display] ...
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Books written using TeX [duplicate]

As part of my research I need to find the detailed list of books written using TeX, LaTeX.... I am from Computer Science background, and found some books written making use of TeX, LaTeX... Could you ...
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Good XeTeX Books

I'm looking for some good books on XeTeX to have them as references whenever I want to look up something or learn something new. Level doesn't really matter, either novice or advanced would do but I'd ...
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Four Language Parallel Column Book

I am trying to format a four column parallel text in four different languages to display on two pages with two columns per page. I have tried using ledpar and parallels but I cannot get it to work. ...
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Capital chapter names in book class

In the book documentclass how can you make the chapters be in capital letters? For example: Chapter 1 --> CHAPTER 1 etc...
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LaTeX book template dependent files

Does anyone know how to obtain all dependent files to properly compile a book such as: https://www.overleaf.com/articles/clustering-the-interstellar-medium/mtthgyyfrdkn#.VdEz6HibgbA To be clear, I'm ...
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LaTeX Companions Third Revised Boxed Set, The [closed]

I just found The LaTeX Companions Third Revised Boxed Set: A Complete Guide and Reference for Preparing, Illustrating and Publishing Technical Documents (2nd Edition). It might be time for me to ...
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Referencing book IEEE

I am using both TeXworks and Texmaker to write my thesis and have to somehow do my references. Moreover everything is supposed to be written using a 'book' environment. I have found that JabRef is ...