{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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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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What is the minimum one needs to know to use TikZ?

I am fed up with the poor quality of the pictures in the papers written by my graduate students and am trying to convince them to use TikZ. I know of three ways to begin learning TikZ: The TikZ ...
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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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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 - ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 university and want to gain a more in-depth understanding of how it works (I'm a computer science student). Would Donald ...
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Barebones or Packages

As a relatively novice LaTeX user, is it OK to plunge right into using the helpful packages out there, or is it better to stick to core LaTeX primitives and packages so as learn the mechanics of ...
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Where to find people for hire with LaTeX skills and designer skills?

I have now written my first e-book in LaTeX but before I publish it, I wish to hire someone with superior LaTeX skills to fix the design of the book and formatting. At the moment I have tons of issues ...
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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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Diagram / Infographic of TeX & friends?

So, I recently delved into LaTeX for a project at work. But I’m come from the XML+XSL world, and some of LaTeX’s design is kind of difficult for me to grok. (I’m not interested in debating the ...
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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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Word 2010 on typesetting math [closed]

I tried to find that online, but all I found was: "Word bad, (La)TeX good! Word ugly, (La)TeX pretty!". I want an honest take from someone who used the new Math system in Word 2010, preferably who ...
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Understanding a certain TeX instruction

I want to understand the TeX instructions \ifx\@tempb`\edef\next##1{% Especially, I want understand what meaning of ` symbol before \edef. As I know ifx compare two statements, symbol ` for ...
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Which to learn, TeX or LaTeX?

Currently I'm good at producing neat documents (with few errors here and there) with latex, but I was wondering which one is better for me to learn, TeX or LaTeX? I am very much interested in the ...
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How much time does it take to learn LaTeX?

I have always used Word to write my papers. I am now interested in LaTeX. Is it hard to learn LaTeX? How much time may it require to convert my .doc to LaTeX (say about 30 pages)?
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How to get started with Bibliographies

Background Although I've been using LaTeX for over ten years, I've never really got to grips with the organisation and typesetting of bibliographies, but I've just been handed an incentive, so it's ...
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Examples with the purpose of learning LaTeX?

I have a basic understanding of LaTeX. But I would like to learn more through LaTeX examples or real world usage (probably commented). Where can such be found?
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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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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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“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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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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What TeX software to write technical papers with?

I am a noob when it comes to TeX, however, I do use LaTeX for typing mathematical and engineering formulas, etc. Recently I have taken it upon myself to try and write some technical papers to try ...
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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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Resources for learning about contributed packages

The "LaTeX2e Reference Manual" contains a lot of useful information about various commands. Is there any larger resource or book containing similar shorts descriptions of commands, but that also ...
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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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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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Few questions about LaTeX as a layman

I have never used LaTeX before and do not know how to use it either. But, I know cursorily that it does similar work of writing mathematical expressions as the Mathtype in MS-Word does. My questions ...
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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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What do you call those things you use in LaTeX to format text?

I want many times to ask questions but I don't know what to call those. Are they called tags? Commands? Formatters? Example: \example{example} I know my question is general but that's what the ...
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Online references for creating advanced macros?

I am looking for online references for creating advanced macros for LaTeX.
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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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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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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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Learning TeX via the TeXbook

As I most often am not able even to ask the right question, much lesser to understand answers, I have decided to read thoroughly Knuth's TeXbook. But on Appendix B--Control Sequences--I find ...
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Customizing layout and typesetting with Latex, what I need to know?

I've been using LaTeX sparingly in the last years to write lab reports, my thesis etc. I've always had a problem with layout customization and typesetting in general. I would like to fine tune each ...
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Good LaTeX book for Math beginner [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Which manuals are on your “TeX Reference” shelf? What is the best book to start learning LaTeX? Any suggestion for a good LaTeX book for a math beginner, ...
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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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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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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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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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What book do you recommend for new Tex users? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the best book to start learning LaTeX? I'm new to Tex. Just downloaded the program for Mac. I'm using TeXShop and I wanted to see if anyone could recommend a ...
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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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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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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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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!