Should be used when asking about obtaining tutorials, how-tos, introductory books etc. For questions about writing such material, use the tag {documentation} instead.

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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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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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Style/class tutorials

What are some good tutorials on writing custom styles (classes) that clearly explain commands used and some of the features that TeX has to offer in the way of styles?
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How to use biber

Simply put I want to know what steps I need to take to start biber with biblatex. I haven't been able to find any proper tutorials or guides showing how you go about using it instead of BibTeX. What ...
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Materials for learning TikZ

I feel intimidated in learning TikZ. I was wondering if there are some nice materials (or just your replies) at different level: for providing big picture, which is important to beginners to not ...
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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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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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Reference guide to begin writing a class and/or a package

Once a LaTeX user gets more and more skilled, and writes his/her own code, the question "Should I make a package (or a class) out of it?" will probably arise. My question is (you catch me: I'm one of ...
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Documents with typical LaTeX errors

I am giving a LaTeX course and have the idea to let the students find and solve problems within a few documents. Basically they shall learn how to create minimal examples and read error messages. ...
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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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What is the basic mechanism for writing something to an aux file?

I am interested in the basic mechanism behind writing stuff to the .aux file. (Or some other auxiliary file). Let's say I want to write myself a basic package for making notes on my files. (I know ...
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Where can I find good ConTeXt documentation

Where would be a good place to start learning ConTeXt if you haven't got a lot of experience under your belt yet? Any place online or in a bookstore is welcome, provided that the reading is ...
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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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Where can I find a `datasheet' document class or a tutorial on how to create one?

I'd like to be able to make a datasheet for a module that I'm building. By datasheet, I mean a document containing: A title page, with the primary features, applications, and an application block ...
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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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How can I introduce a non-technical person to LaTeX?

I have been using LaTeX for about a year now. I don't consider myself an expert at LaTeX but I know my around it enough to get things done. One of my colleagues, whose background is entirely non ...
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Is there a good plain TeX tutorial that explains about doing automation and making layout?

I am interested in learning plain TeX especially in automation: looping, conditional branching, jumping, iterating, etc. layout: creating custom smart tables and boxes that can span cross pages. ...
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How to create step by step annotated programming tutorial in LaTeX?

(question inspired by How to create a crossword puzzle in LaTeX? and provided solutions) How to make in most comfortable way in LaTeX (I use pdfLaTeX, but I am open for LuaTeX solutions) annotated, ...
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What's the best tutorial for beamer, sweave and ggplot2 combined?

I'm looking for the best example presentation publicly available on the Internet that uses beamer, sweave and ggplot2 all at the same time. Ideally it would be the actual example .Rnw file, along with ...
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memoir tutorials or introductions

I'm looking for memoir tutorials or introductions. The main manual is a wonderful piece of documentation, but at nearly 600 pages it is a bit overwhelming as a starting place. Likewise the more ...
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Tutorial on positioning

As a beginner, I keep running into difficulties when in the need of positioning elements. Pushing them down, up, left or right should be easy concepts, but I find it hard to visualize as a beginner ...
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Watermark image

Please note I'm new to LaTeX so don't know much about it (yet). I've looked on-line about how to add a watermark image but don't know how to do it. I've seen sites that show something about it but ...