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With respect to the first part of the question, in words of Leslie Lamport: In the early 80s, I was planning to write the Great American Concurrency Book. I was a TeX user, so I would need a set of macros. I thought that, with a little extra effort, I could make my macros usable by others. Don Knuth had begun issuing early releases of the ...


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When I first got in contact with LaTeX, I bought Lamport’s LaTeX: A Document Preparation System, but, alas, I found it too superficial and didn’t understand many (even basic) things. So, as I later took notice that all started with Knuth’s TeX, I felt that it might be the logical way to begin with looking at TeX. In consequence I bought Knuth’s The TeXbook, ...


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Academic standards do not require you to cite the typesetting software you composed your dissertation with. It's a tool you used, not an intellectual input to your work. You wouldn't cite the manufacturer of your printer either. Of course the opposite is true if you are writing a dissertation about computer typesetting. Your question though has one more ...


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I will try to give a clear answer as many answers here point out interesting things but I don't find them clear enough or not answering the actual question. What are major improvements of LaTeX or associated tools which fix some disadvantages LaTeX might have had in comparison to Word some years ago? Speed: Compilation got much faster thanks to faster ...


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The easiest way is to add an alias latex=lualatex to your .profile.


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The improvements to LaTeX since the year 2000 for me is the LaTeX editors are much more sophisticated today and I do believe that we have a wider choice of editors. Also, thanks to the generous people who have created instructional videos and shared them on YouTube, and to websites like this one, the learning curve has diminished. I agree with the post ...


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If you are using a Unix-like OS: Make a shell script which call lualatex and save it as latex. Add the directory to PATH as the first item. Example on bash (untested): mkdir ~/bin cd ~/bin cat << _EOT_ #!/usr/bin/env bash lualatex --output-format=dvi "$@" _EOT_ > latex chmod u+x latex cd ~ echo 'export PATH="~/bin:$PATH"' > .bash_profile ...



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