Could someone explain me what abstract http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/LaTeX/Document_Structure#Abstract is used for?

I don't see the sense.

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    An abstract is a summary. Jan 15, 2014 at 15:50
  • Did you do a test?
    – Sigur
    Jan 15, 2014 at 15:50
  • I don't think this question is related to (La)TeX and should therefor be closed.
    – Johannes_B
    Jan 15, 2014 at 15:58
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    Is your question: "Why should I use \begin{abstract}? Why not "\section{abstract}" or "\section*{abstract}"? Usually, the Abstract stands outside of the structure of a document. Because it is an abstraction of the whole document, it cannot be a part of what it is abstracting. It should stand above the document typographicly and in structure like it stands above logically. I often see academical papers, made with TeX (and Friends) with a full width-abstract on top and all of its content in two columns. Like this: code.google.com/p/pdfsizeopt/downloads/…
    – Hanseat
    Jan 15, 2014 at 15:58
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    This question is somewhat ... abstract.
    – lockstep
    Jan 15, 2014 at 15:59


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