{learning} is about guidance to learn new skills within the TeX universe. This reaches from macro programming, special domains like graphic composition with {tikz-pgf}, to best practices in book typesetting.

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Interactive console at terminal evaluating commands

As I'm using LaTeX (in my case xelatex), I often run into little gotchas. As a programmer from other more functional or procedural languages, it really grates me that I can't easily figure out what an ...
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How does \if actually get used?

I apologize if this is too newbie or a duplicate, but I've banged my head against it long enough, and searched without success. :( I am trying to use an \if to test for an empty string without ...
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Beginner method to learn LaTeX [duplicate]

I start practice on LaTeX for mathematics text and I want to know what would recommend me some that get it learn easy.
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Which typesetting system should a beginner use?

I've recently stumbled upon LaTex and I'm really interested in it. I did a quick search to see if this question has been previously asked and didn't seem to find anything. I was wondering which ...
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ConTeXt for the LaTeX user [duplicate]

I am willing to try out ConTeXt after reading about its typographical capabilities and differences from more classical engines. I was wondering if there was good and recent resources to learn the ...
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how can I learn LaTeX? [duplicate]

I want to write my lab report in LaTeX, but I could not deal with my compilation errors. I came across an online LaTeX called Overleaf. Is this a good choice for a beginner? What do you suggest for a ...
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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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The best way to start learning how to draw geometric figures in mathematics

I want to learn how to draw geometric figures using LaTeX, but I don't know where to start. The problem is that I don't know any accessible manuals or guides that is suitable for me. I learned LaTeX ...
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\synctex=1 being an ‘Undefined control sequence’

I'm still pretty new to LaTeX; and on my home computer, I've got lualatex set up with my first few (pretty simple) LaTeX documents, Skim.app on OS X for viewing, etc etc etc … … but now that I've ...
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Is there a good tutorial / getting-started-guide focused on the KOMA-Script way?

So, I'm pretty new to LaTeX. I've been told in many places to use KOMA-Script document-classes instead of the standard ones; but it's also been mentioned that after doing so, you can't use a plethora ...
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The Latex Companion (Addison-Wesley Series on Tools and Techniques for Computer T) December 31, 1993

I just ordered this book from Amazon, it is the same that my father used ten years ago. Can I still use it for learning LaTeX or I should get the last edition (2007)?
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Is there an authoratative/up-to-date list of how to do things correctly in TeX/LaTeX?

I started using LaTeX regularly a year and a half ago. Starting out, I simply used the documentation available on the LaTeX wikibook. Thereafter, whenever I had a question that wasn't answered by the ...
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Differences of each version of TeXbook

I'm going to buy The TeXbook, and I have two alternatives for that: buy an old version one in a discounted price buy the newest version one in the fixed price To be honest, I would like to save ...
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How to learn LaTeX in the right way? [closed]

Many people always say that LaTeX is the best typesetting system which is flexible and powerful. For me, I have used LaTeX for one year already but I still have some problems with it. Let me talk ...
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Any online video tutorials on TEX / LATEX and MathML, and similar other tools for Windows users?

Is there any repository of online videos on using and mastering TEX / LATEX, and similar other tools for free download?
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How do I install, learn and benefit maximally by using LaTeX [duplicate]

I am new to LaTeX, but learnt that it's the best document preparation as researchers. I have downloaded ProTeX, but I do not know anything about coding and programming, how do I ( I am a PhD ...
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DSP stackexchange question suggested to be posted here, about LaTeX and math equations [duplicate]

My biggest stumbling block has been to write math equations neatly, as I write on paper. Many advise me to use LaTeX that I have to learn. I also used to not know how to write here. Now I am learning ...
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Can I use (LaTeX?) packages from CTAN in plain TeX?

I have the following assumptions: TeX is a kind of language Plain TeX is the original environment for this language LaTeX (and other environments) is a set of compiled macros written using TeX ...
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Easiest Latex software

I am doing summer project in maths and I have to type my report. I am good with the latex I write on mathstack that I have learned through experience but when it comes to softwares, I do not know ...
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Perl, Python, Lua or just Latex/Xetex [closed]

Recently I finished my thesis in LyX and this was my first steps into latex (even indirect steps). Even though LyX does a lot of thing automatically, when you want to do something yourself, then ...
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How can I improve my “hands-on”/ “working” knowledge of TeX's low/middle/high/higher -level control sequences?

I am not an experienced TeX/LaTeX user. I know just about enough to write my thesis. As my interest grows, I'd like to continue improving on my TeX/LaTeX knowledge, more specifically, my "working" ...
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Quickly writing LaTeX documents

I am hoping someone can give me some help. I am very new to using latex, but I am taking a class that requires some advanced mathematical equations and also drawing of various types of tree diagrams. ...
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Any ideas what references (online or books) I can use to get started learning LATEX? [duplicate]

Any ideas what references (online or books) I can use to get started learning LATEX?Thank you in advance for whatever answers you may have...
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Is there a resource with latex snippets?

I have been working in Latex for a little over a month now and I have been searching for a resource (like a website) to find latex snippets for commonly used structures or equations. For example, a ...
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Guide to latex for a mathematician [duplicate]

I'm a PhD math student and I would like to learn latex quickly and effectively. Can you suggest a good book for learning latex (with an emphasis on mathematical typesetting)?
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Any LaTeX video tutorial recommendations for Mac users?

I dive into LaTex world for a time, although I try my best to read More Math Into LaTeX come along with TeXShop, there are still lots of gaps uncovered. I did search them on Lynda.com and I find ...
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“LaTeX does not work well for people who have sold their souls”? [closed]

I read the above sentence from The Not So Short Introduction to LaTeX (page 4), and couldn't get what it means. My first guess is it says people who have already got used to commercial word-editing ...
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Are there good comprehensive lists of LaTeX commands online?

I'm relatively new to actual LaTeX scripting, much of my experience comes from using MathJax over at math.stackexchange.com and I'm kinda self-taught, just picking things up as I need them. However, I'...
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Where would one find LaTeX flashcards?

I've always been of the mind that, if I'm to take a language seriously, I need to memorize a certain amount of terms. With that in mind, I'm planning on creating a flashcard deck with Anki and/or ...
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How does your mind bend \expandafter to its will?

Expansion is often cited as one of the most arcane aspects of TeX, more akin to witchcraft than to something easily picked up by the newcomer. There are many great questions and great answers about ...
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Getting started with TeX LaTeX? [duplicate]

What are some good resources for getting started with LaTeX? Also, what's the difference between LaTeX and TeX? Thanks!
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Looking for suggestions: what should I learn next?

After a few years of trial, error, and usenet messages, I know just about all the LaTeX I really need. And my needs are modest. Most of my documents use the same template (tufte-latex), with the same ...
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How to get started to typeset mathematical proofs with LaTeX? [duplicate]

I want to start using LaTeX to organize my proofs into a readable fashion. This motif is due to my professors preferring e-mail communication instead of reading a chicken-scratch proof. I know enough ...
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When should \begin{center}\end{center} ever be used? [duplicate]

I know that \begin{center}\end{center} cause excess white space so it is always suggested that \centering should be used which I use all the time. What would ever justify the use this tag? Maybe if ...
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Are my programming skills transferable to LaTeX and TikZ?

I just want to ask what is LaTeX and TiKZ programming language like? Basically, I am looking at projects available in my final year. The project I looked at is a graphical interface to draw graphs in ...
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Learning how to use TeX for automatic layout of non-technical documents

Whenever I try to learn more about TeX or LaTeX, I am stymied by the general bias of the books and online resources I have seen, and possibly by the bias of LaTeX itself. I am not interested in using ...
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On the basics of writing to & reading from auxiliary files (.aux, .toc, etc.)

Some actions (such as generating the Table of Contents) require two passes of the TeX compiler: during the first pass, some data get written to an auxiliary file, only to be retrieved during the ...
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What packages do I need to learn as developer to learn LaTeX?

I am a web developer and I often have the need to convert the the webpage to pdf. I have just discovered latex and pretty much liked it. But as there are many packages available , I am not into book ...
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Which TeX should one start out with? [closed]

Ever since learning Vim, I've felt slow going in anything else. Lately I've been writing my notes and other small documents in Markdown using Vim. I've decided to to take it a step further by ...
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How to write tex4ht source files

How can I learn how to edit 4ht files? What should I read? I want to fix a number of issues in ooffice.4ht (inconsistent footnote size, style names which mismatch names used by LibreOffice, dangling ...
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Is Texinfo used much except for the GNU manuals?

It looks kind of nice, but I'm not certain I should invest the time or just put LyX and org-mode away and finally learn LaTeX properly.
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Getting started with LaTeX - Advice needed for Mac OS X

I heard from a friend that LaTeX is much better than MS Word to write my University's dissertation on. I don't really understand why bother writing an essay in code if Word automatically does that for ...
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What sequence of documents should I read to know “all of” TeX and then LaTeX?

I know that there are a already number of questions on this site about good instructional (La)TeX materials for users at different levels. What I am interested in, though, is what set of documents ...
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Prerequisites for using LaTeX efficiently

I am a student (still in high school) who wants to start using LaTeX more regularly, however, I have on major problem: I know nothing about computer science or computer programming. And I mean ...
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Why do people chose Latex for mathematical writing? [closed]

I'm trying to make the transition from Word to Latex for mathematical writing. But the more I learn about it, the less sure I am that I should make this transition. Typographical Quality For example ...
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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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Where‎ ‎do‎ I start ‎learning‎ conditional tests ‎in ‎LaTeX‎?‎ [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: LaTeX conditional expression I've already taken a look at ‎books‎ such as "‎Te‎X for the Impatient", but its examples aren't clear enough to me. What‎ book/tutorial ‎do‎ ...
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Manual for chemistry and system biology?

Does anyone know if there exist a Latex manual with focuses on chemistry and perhaps also system biology?
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Now that I can run TeX on my iPad, what shall I TeX?

I have just learnt that there is a TeX implementation now on the iPad (original source this answer to Is there a (La)TeX distribution running on iPad?). As the author of the blog post I TeX therefore ...
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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 ...