# Emergency crash course on LaTeX

So, I wrote a document in LaTeX. Someone who doesn't know LaTeX and is a very busy person now has to edit it. Is there a crash course in LaTeX document? Aside from saying 'Ignore everything that starts with \'? Like a one page \textit means italic, % means a comment; you can ignore anything after this, type of thing? It is a really simple document, just straight text basically.

• Full LaTeX Learning on Steriods is impossible but there is cheat sheet stdout.org/~winston/latex/latexsheet.pdf – texenthusiast Nov 28 '13 at 17:51
• What is the motivation for learning LaTeX for a one-time editing task? It might be better to edit the PDF document instead. If a single error appears during the compilation you need a bit of LaTeX knowledge to continue and unfortunately this cannot be learned in an hour. – Alexander Nov 28 '13 at 17:53
• @Alexander I think that deserves to be an answer. It's the only fair course of action. – Sean Allred Nov 28 '13 at 18:15
• @Alexander He doesn't need to make it compile: Just give me the changes to the text and then I can recompile and make it look good. In Word he would just be adding comments and using track changes, not reformatting it for me. – Canageek Nov 28 '13 at 18:29
• To add to @Alexander's suggestion, the tools that one can use to directly edit the PDF are Acrobat Pro, Preview (Mac), or Foxit, etc. – Herr K. Nov 28 '13 at 18:47

There is little benefit if you receive an non-working edited LaTeX file that you have to debug to even be able to use latexdiff to see the changes.