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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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What are the Open source WYSIWYG Independent Web Equation Editors available on LaTeX/MathML

I am looking for a solution of an Equation Editor to be added to my site. The equation editor should be open source, WYSIWYG (users should be able to type out Equations as if in MS Equation Editor or ...
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What have been the most important changes to LaTeX in the last five years?

I hope I will not be flamed for this question, but I have been out of the loop for the last five years. Therefore my question is: what do you consider the most important changes to LaTeX in the last ...
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How can I ensure that old documents will compile in the future?

I was looking through some old files recently, and it occurred to me that they might be obsolete in the future. Are there any steps that I should take for "archiving" my documents so that they will ...
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Include LaTeX version in document

Is there any command or package to insert the version of LaTeX used to create a document? I am looking for a header or footer in the first page that says something like compiled with pdfTeX ...
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Best Way to Start Using LaTeX/TeX?

I'm not really a programmer but am quite interested in learning how to use LaTeX/TeX. I've looked it up on Wikipedia and scanned through it and the documents created through this way of editing is ...
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Math Input Panel in Windows 7 and LaTeX writing

I just found out about the Math Input Panel in Windows 7,and now there is commercial software using it for LaTex writing. For example Inlage. If you have a look of their first demo video, you know ...
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Does a tool exist which can take a LaTeX equation and convert it to a format suitable for evaluation in Wolfram's Mathematica?

I use LaTeX to type up my homework, but as I work I often need to pop things into Mathematica (or manually type them in, or manually use my Ti-89, etc) Currently, I've been manually translating ...
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Is there any way to generate custom errors/warnings in LaTeX?

I want something like \ifmmode\else\GenerateWarning{The command \backslash uzuka is supported only in math mode.}\fi, which is supposed to generate a warning "The command \uzuka is supported only in ...
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LaTeX architecture - how does it all work?

I'm interested in the general application architecture, how it hangs together. I know it was originally written by Knuth, and it's clear others can write plugin packages to achieve certain things, but ...
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A (La)TeX with only one special control character in the source file

One thing I find annoying about (La)TeX is that there are too many special characters. To have any of \ $ % & # _ ~ ^ { } in a text in the document we have to escape it using \. Personally I ...
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Converting LyX to LaTeX

I'm working with a colleague who uses LyX (I use LaTeX), and we have a hard time exchanging documents because of conversion issues. Is there any easy way to convert LyX to LaTeX and vice versa?
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Creating Table: On Mastering LaTeX

Guys, I am one the process of mastering LaTeX, so that later when times come I shall be fully prepared to typeset almost anything without thinking twice. So during this awesome process, I am now ...
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What is a good Manual/Guide class in LaTeX?

I am writing a manual/guide for our intranet using LaTeX. I am wondering if there are classes developed for this purpose? A search returns results that are manuals about using LaTeX. Spefically I ...
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Resources For Calculating Average Sentence Length

I'm writing my masters thesis and my supervisor has picked up my sentence structure, in that they are too long. She commented that Microsoft Word has a feature to investigate 'large' sentences. How ...
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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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LaTeX-related events

Someone mentioned a TUG meeting in UK, so I though we can try to keep something of a calendar/dashboard for new and upcoming events. Probably no better way of promoting these to new members. I ...
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Most significant reasons that led us to (La)TeX

Looking back, what really convinced you to begin writing with TeX or LaTeX? This question is "community wiki", so there's no reputation to lose or to gain. Please don't write advantages of TeX and ...
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What typesetting system should I use?

I have no experience with TeX or any other typesetting system. I am going to university soon and have been told that I should learn LaTeX as it will help with bibliographies and essay writing. I am ...
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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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What's a good multiplatform text editor/system? [closed]

In the past, I've given up learning LaTeX because: General Installing and using fonts is a pain. Simple things like custom page headers are insufferably hard to implement. Documentation for the ...
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What professions use TeX/LaTeX besides CS?

TeX and LaTeX are widely used in Computer Science. What other academic disciplines or professionals use it?
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How can I recognize documents prepared in (La)TeX?

Inspired by a part of this question, this seemed like an interesting question to ask. Advocates of LaTeX often say that you can see the difference in typesetting quality when you look at a document ...
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What is the difference between TeX and LaTeX?

I know LaTeX and I've heard that LaTeX is a set of macros in TeX. But what does it exactly mean?
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When does it make sense to use TeX only and skip LaTeX?

In what applications doesn't LaTeX give you much?