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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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What are the benefits of writing resumes in TeX/LaTeX?

Today, I've written my resume in LaTeX and it looks great and all It took me about 2 hours to get everything right But I've been thinking, what benefits do I get from writing it in LaTeX rather than ...
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Are there any open research problems in the world of TeX?

For a year-long capstone project in computer science, I have to do some 'original research.' I'm still not entirely sure what this entails, but it just struck me that perhaps I can do research and ...
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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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LaTeX equivalent of MS Word Styles

What are the LaTeX commands equivalents of MS Word Styles. I am looking for the commands for the following commonly used basic MS Word Styles: Headings (Heading 1, Heading 2, Heading 3) Lists ...
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Why LaTeX2e has this name?

LaTeX2e is, if I don't make any mistake, the successor of LaTeX 2.09, and was published in 1994 (I was 4 year old !). My question is very simple : why has called it LaTeX2e and not, for example LaTeX ...
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What is LaTeX? A software or a markup 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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Covert Plain TeX automatic table generation macros to LaTex

I have written code, given at at the end of the post, to typeset exams and quizzes in plain TeX. A typical test would be typeset using: \def\CLASS{Math 111} \def\TERM{Spring 2015} \def\TITLE{Quiz ...
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Penalty-enhanced approach to float placement

Background I have seen Increase badness based on distance between float and reference which was closed as a duplicate of our generic How to influence the position of float environments like figure ...
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Penalty-enhanced approach to float placement in LaTeX3

This question is quite related to Penalty-enhanced approach to float placement, but here I am focusing on the situation for LaTeX3. The LaTeX2e float placement algorithm does not look backward ...
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Draw perpendicular line from intersection to axes

I want to draw perpendicular lines from the intersecting points to the axes. \documentclass{standalone} \usepackage{pgf, tikz} \usetikzlibrary{plotmarks,arrows,calc} \usepackage{pgfplots} ...
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Alternatives to LaTeX

Are there any professional alternatives to TeX/LaTeX which produce equal or even better typesetting? Maybe expensive commercial ones. The software counts if it is comparable or superior to LaTeX ...
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Why is it called LaTeX? [duplicate]

When a person sees the word LaTeX the first time, they are likely to think of a rubber material whose name is simply typed with a weird choice of uppercase letters. This strange name leads to much ...
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Why is LaTeX so complicated? [closed]

I have been using LaTeX professionally almost every day for almost 10 years, so I think I can say that, by now, I more or less know what I'm doing. I also do a lot of ordinary computer programming, in ...
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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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knitr: LaTex Longtable spanning several pages with word continued at bottom and caption appears only once in list of tables

I want to have longtable spanning several pages with word continued at right bottom of the table and its caption appearing only one in the list of tables using knitr. Below is my MWE in .Rnw format. ...
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useless efforts in the development of LaTeX-related tools?

This question/concern may sound like a troll but is not. I'm more and more concerned on how relevant it is to dedicate energy to the development of next generation tools like LaTeX3, LuaTex, Tikz... ...
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Why is LaTeX called a typesetting “system”?

Reading about TeX/LaTeX online, I'm a little confused as to what it is- isn't it a language? Wikipedia calls is it a typesetting system- and to make matters worse, if I want to use LaTeX, I need to ...
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LaTeX vs Word; improvements of LaTeX over the years

When comparing MS Word vs LaTeX the proponents of Word often say that many advantages of LaTeX over Word from say 1997 disappeared over the years as Word evolved to the current 2013 version. For ...
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Identifying if a paper is developed from LaTeX

Is there any way to identify if a paper is developed using LaTeX or not. In other words, what are the characteristics of a paper developed using LaTeX. Since the term paper is too generic, I will ...
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Visual comparison between LaTeX and Word output (hyphenation, typesetting, ligatures etc)

I really want to convince my friends and family that LaTeX is the choice for them when it comes to formatting and creating beautiful documents. I am aware of the major advantages that come with using ...
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What is the latest progress in the realm of TeX? [closed]

Motivation TeX.SE as well as external resources contain information from as far as 2010 regarding e.g. LuaTeX, XeLaTeX, microtype, and popular dilemmas such as KOMA/memoir or babel/polyglossia, which ...
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Are there any projects which try to provide a subset of LaTeX functionality without being LaTeX?

I need some Information for my Bachelor Thesis and I couldn't find something in the web...because I didn't know exactly which term I should google... I'm interested in everything which try to provide ...
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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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What is the correct pronunciation of TeX and LaTeX?

Is it tex(tech)? Or Is it tex(like touch)? Lay-TeX? or La-TeX? Should I use TeX pronunciation in LaTeX?
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psboxit.sty not found MacTeX (mac osx)

Few days back, I had an installation of Mactex 2013 and it was working fine for my current writeup which included package psboxit.sty. Due to some reasons, I had to remove that version (which I did ...
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Sublime Latexing and Knitr on .RNW files : Send lines to R console for evaluation

I am using Sublime Text 3 and the Latexing package to apply Knitr to compile .Rnw files that contain both Latex and R code. Overall, it works well in that I can compile the .Rnw files into PDFs ...
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Type the word “LaTeX” in special font [duplicate]

How do I type "LaTeX" in the classic special TeX font where it's all different sizes?
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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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Why do we use the Latex logo when referring to Latex in text? [closed]

It seems standard practice, when typesetting with Latex, to put the Latex logo in the text whenever we are referring to Latex itself (usually through the \LaTeX command). Why do we do this? It's ...
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Installing Biblatex-apa using package manager when button is disabled

I would like to install the biblatex-apa bibliography package and have been running into issues. This is the first time I am installing a package that didn't come preinstalled. My distribution of ...
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Where do I start LaTeX programming?

I'm interested in writing packages for TeX/LaTeX/XeLaTeX. I googled around, but all I found was guides or tutorials about how to prepare documents using LaTeX. I want to know how LaTeX works and how ...
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\usepackage[T1]{fontenc} get error: Metric File not found [duplicate]

I installed Ubuntu on my PC and tried to set up a LaTeX Editor. \documentclass[11pt]{article} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} %\usepackage[latin]{fontenc} If I uncomment the last line, I get the ...
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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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Why is LaTeX used as the defacto standard for math equations?

In almost every application I've ever seen that uses math equations, it always supports LaTeX. If LaTeX does so much more than just math equations, why is it the defacto standard for math equations? ...
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Compile full project in main folder and partial chapters in subfolders

I have a project like this Project/ MakeFile main.tex bibliography.bib Chapter_1/ file.tex figs/ Chapter_2/ file.tex figs/ ... Chapter_n/ file.tex figs/ When ...
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Who wrote “What are TeX, LaTeX, and friends?”

Who wrote What are TeX, LaTeX, and friends? I want to reference it in my article.
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Vertically aligned table in plainTeX / LaTeX / Context etc

My last answer about vertically aligned table inspired me to write my first question at this site. How to create the following table in various TeX approaches: plainTeX, LaTeX, Context, eplain, OPmac ...
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Set up MacTex distribution as default on mac os

I have installed the MacTex distribution on OSX10 and until now I've been using the TexShop editor quite successfully. I want to change and start writing latex using the Vim editor but I haven't ...
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High-profile cases of non-compliance with the LaTeX Project Public License?

As I'm getting more and more interested in releasing packages of my own in the future, I just read the LaTeX Project Public License (or LPPL). This document defines, among other things, the rules for ...
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Emacs + SyncTex + Evince

I am trying to setup forward search and inverse search between Emacs 24.3.1 and Auctex under Ubuntu 14.04. Forward search is working fine by enable TeX-source-correlate-mode in Emacs but while ...
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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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LaTeX motto/slogan

I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask this, I mean, it's not specifically related to LaTeX typesetting. But here it goes. I'm making a presentation to introduce LaTeX to university students, ...
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Using input to read a table into a beamer. I want to neglect the table environment and keep only the tabular environment

I'm trying to input a table into my beamer and resize the table. But since the table file contains a table environment and a caption, I couldn't do like this: \resizebox{\linewidth}{!}{ ...
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LaTeX tables in pandoc, captions

If I feed a simple LaTeX table to Pandoc, e.g. \begin{table}[h!] \begin{tabular}{ll} x&y\\ \end{tabular} \caption{A caption} \end{table} and convert it to HTML using pandoc -s table.tex -o ...
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Latex - Problems with #

I've got a problem with this error: You can't use `macro parameter character #' in horizontal mode. This error appeared suddenly in strange place after I add next bibtex to my bibliography. Error ...
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What is .tex file in TeX Live for?

If I run kpsewhich .tex I get /usr/local/texlive/2013/texmf-dist/tex/latex/tools/.tex This file belongs to LaTeX core files and is nearly empty: %% %% This is file `.tex', %% generated with the ...
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Good resources to understand how LaTeX is constructed layer after layer? [duplicate]

I have been a user of LaTeX for a couple of years now, and I would like to start to be involved in the writing packages. The problem is that currently, a lot of things appear to me as "black magic". ...
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Does LaTeX store any potentially personally revealing data from my source in some log file somewhere?

I'd like to know if I'm leaking personal data if I hop from computer to computer running my .tex file without deleting some hidden log of some kind that retains, say, an address I have in an invoice ...
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Separation of content structure and style in LaTeX?

In HTML, over the last decade or so, there has been a strong push toward complete separation of content structure and style. Most websites are now built using HTML for structural mark-up, and CSS for ...