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Convincing people is difficult. Mainly because we tend to be too conservative. Here are some of my advice for your presentation: Do NOT show about the preamble. If your company was ever to change to a TeX based solution it should be because of its superior functionality inside and that the preamble should be the same for the entire company. Ensure that ...

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TeXies have a good chance of recognizing TeXed documents, especially if Computer Modern (or Latin Modern) is used. But assuming you want to convert Word-users and other heathens, figuratively speaking, you could use a colophon, a "brief description of publication or production notes relevant to the edition, in modern books usually located at the reverse of ...

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I have introduced LaTeX into our organization and quite a number of other people at a personal level over the years. In academia it is almost tradition that LaTeX is introduced via word of mouth and that the person that made the introduction helps with the first steps. Most "non-technical" people use Windows or maybe Macs and probably are not old enough to ...

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As a Mathematics/Engineering student approaching the end of my undergraduate career, I can say that typesetting my Homework was a pain until I had a nice refined template to use. Based on my experiences, I would suggest the following: Provide your students with a LaTeX template that they can use as a starting point for their homework. Something that has ...

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Your colleagues are probably already bored of you droning on about LaTeX's virtues, so you giving a presentation will make it worse. Invite Stefan's Grandma to give a presentation.

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The best way to convince is efficiency. Find examples in which the use of LaTeX is far more efficient than MS Office. Of course, these examples should be relevant to your field of work. Possible aspects on which to focus are: Modularity: Don't invent the wheel again, take what's been invented by other people Programmability: A single, cleverly used ...

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I would do the following, which has worked for a few of my friends already. Im my opinion one best starts with just the structure. Prepare an empty document for him, and show him the basic sectioning commands. Have him work a while with this reduced set of commands and step by step explain how to accomplish certain tasks e.g. tables, figures,etc. What ...

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In order for more than just a few fellow enthusiasts to "get with the program", i.e., to start using LaTeX rather than MS Word and/or Powerpoint, I believe you and your backers within your organization should be committed to providing the following services, listed in no particular order: By all means, provide simple tutorials, in both online and hardcopy ...

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This is written form my perspective and experience so you might feel this is subjective ... well it is. And of course i always address nature scientists. First of all i want to say that here are many "best practice" Questions on tex.se, much to many to cite them all. Just go and search for "best practice". For me with my little latex teaching experience ...

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The fancytooltip package provides a bit more advanced capabilities than does the cooltooltips package. As an example, the second paragraph of the package documentation shows the inclusion of regular (fixed) tooltip text, as well as animated tooltip text on mouseover. The documentation states that it is limited to the (free) Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat ...

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I can give you some partial feedback on the "enforcing good practice" aspect of what I did when I taught LaTeX to undergraduate math students in order to learn them how to do a memoir (it was a bit early for them to write a PhD). You should be able to adapt some of it to your situation, although it really only concerns the coding aspect. It was a few years ...

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Here's an angle: Don't do anything. Instead, have a look at the PDF information (in case of PDF output), in this example, Preview.app's cmd+i -window (sorry for the localization, but I hope you get the idea): Et voilà, unobtrusive and simple.

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A picture can say more than a thousand words, and so can a film. Perhaps this film can show them the advantages of using LaTeX.

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This does not really provide what your question demands. For just a 10 to 15-minute presentation, I will say that Marc Van Dongen's video, as linked in his answer, speaks a lot. To tell more within that amount of time might be counter-productive. Learning LaTeX requires some dedicated amount of time. I have helped one office-mate to switch to LaTeX (doesn't ...

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Consider an intermediate step: Lyx For people used to Word, the transition is a lot less frightening and the results are already excellent. Advanced users can easily integrate "advanced LaTeX magic" and those who like it will sooner or later try it, too. I have used this approach a couple of times. Some stay with LyX forever, but that is perfectly okay.

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You should show them LyX instead of full Latex. LyX is an editor that lets you create files that are compiled to LaTeX source (and from latex to .pdf). You edit text mostly without using LaTeX commands (although you can insert plain LaTeX code in the document). While it lets you to edit using GUI, it is not a WYSWIG editor. It does very nice things like ...

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I usually start out using pdflatex and make sure the students have \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} in their preamble to begin with, which so far has proven to work on all systems. After a bit of introduction I then compare this to XeLaTeX - in part because of the ease of using utf-8. Since this also work on all platforms I and my students use, it works here. ...

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I get reasonably good results with the following strategy: Include the following line in my syllabus: "Nicely typeset solutions will be awarded a modicum of extra credit." Distribute .tex source for nicely typeset but obviously fake solutions for my first homework. Award a modicum of extra credit for nicely typeset solutions.

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First of all: it seems a good idea to mention somewhere "Document typeset with LaTeX". Because your readers may realise that this is a well typeset document, but may have no clue how it has been produced. Where you mention your machinery surely depends on your document. In a book the acknowledgements are the place to mention LaTeX or whatever. I a report ...

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I finally gave that presentation, after it being postponed several times, including by an untimely fire alarm in the building. Not content with simply advertising my presentation by email, I also decided to lure my attendees with a tart, a carrot cake and a Madeira cake in the conference room, so that they would associate LaTeX with good taste. When you ...

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Before I start, let me say that one of my favourite pieces of music is Zimbra from the Talking Heads:-) I've taught LaTeX to different crowds of people for a couple of years. I have some lecture slides on line, which may be useful. My main advice is that you keep the number of packages the students have to know as small as possible. One other advise is to ...

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All of my reports were typeset in LaTeX in university. Only once I've tried to typeset math homework using LaTeX and it was a pain. It was much quicker to write up the answers on paper than to do context switching between typing up LaTeX, thinking & waiting/viewing the results. One way would be to have an interactive web2.0 website to submit LaTeX ...

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I do this a lot but I use homegrown classes. If I were you, I would start looking at suitable document classes, such as eqexam, examdesign, exam, and mathexam. TeX is not going to help with querying a database. If you really wanted to do that, you could write a tool in Perl or another scripted language that would do the querying and write TeX files. But ...

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at the 2010 tug meeting, pavneet arora gave a presentation on "using latex to generate dynamic mathematics worksheets for the web". a video of the presentation can be found at the river-valley web site. the paper was published in tugboat 31:2, pp.151-153; at the moment, it is accessible only to tug members, but later this year it will be available to all ...

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\documentclass{article} \usepackage{xcolor} \usepackage[colorlinks]{hyperref} \usepackage{lipsum} \AtEndDocument{% \begin{flushright} \sf\small This document was typeset by \href{http://tex.stackexchange.com}{\TeX}. \end{flushright}} \begin{document} \lipsum \end{document}

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Make the document as easy on the eye as possible. This'll make people wonder what package you've used to produce it. At the end of the document put a small - very brief - note in the bottom right corner : [LaTeX typeset]

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The easiest solution is to change your colleagues, in three easy steps: Use LaTeX, submit beautiful reports, and get an early promotion Fire them all Hire LaTeX literate employees. Convincing people to use LaTeX is hard. Most just balk at the fact that it's all code-y, and are resistant to all "But..it's beautiful" arguments. OK, getting serious: ...

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I am going to take a different approach from the other posters. I do not think you should try to demonstrate how beautiful or powerful LaTeX can be. Nor do I think you should try to show that it is better than Word at what they already know how to do in Word. I think you should focus the LaTeX philosophy of "separate the content from the formatting". If ...

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A good starting point is always CTAN, the place where all official packages are stored Here is a section about exams, quizzes, etc. You might as well start with a simple article class and define some boxes

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Nicola Talbot and I ran a course for UK-TUG earlier in the year: see http://uk.tug.org/2010/07/30/training-day-a-success/ for the slides and so on. The course ran for one day, which was probably as about right. Some people wanted more time (we did have to move fast), but getting people together and having the teaching time is of course a challenge. The ...

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