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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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2answers
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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 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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New Edition of TeXBook [closed]

Here I asked a question about moving from LaTeX to plain TeX and one of the recommendations was to look Knuth's TeXBook. I was looking into this when I came across this update on Knuth's website, ...
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Starting point for getting more familiar with TeX/LaTex etc

Background: I've been using what I would call LaTex for ~4 yrs to typeset assignments, reports, essays and tutorial notes. I have been using "TexShop" (for Macs) - mostly because it was simple when I ...
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Should I read Donald Knuth's The TeXbook?

I've been using LaTeX for about a year or two as part of writing reports in uni, and want to gain a more in-depth understanding of how it works (I'm a computer science student). Would Donald Knuth's ...
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What is the best way to learn TeX?

As opposed to LaTeX, which is addressed in another question. Most of the references I've seen get too complex too quickly. I'm looking for something that gives me a top-down view of the language - ...