Are there newsgroups, forums, FAQs, and other sites that provide quality information on TeX, LaTeX and friends? Are all of these in English, or is there one in "my language of choice"?
- comp.text.tex: Usenet discussion group for TeX and LaTeX
- de.comp.text.tex: German Usenet discussion group for TeX and LaTeX
- fr.comp.text.tex: French Usenet group
- es.comp.lenguajes.tex: Spanish Usenet group
- TeX, LaTeX and friends on Stack Exchange
- TeXWelt: in German, with format and organization very similar to TeX.SE
- LaTeX-Community.org: LaTeX-dedicated web forum
- goLaTeX Deutsch: German LaTeX forum, with Wiki
- mrunix.de: very frequented German LaTeX subforum of a programmers site
- qa.parsilatex.com: in Persian
- LaTeX.net.br: Brazilian/Portuguese LaTeX web forum and wiki
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
- UK TeX FAQ: FAQ of the UK TeX Users Group, maintained by Robin Fairbairns
- The Visual LaTeX FAQ: formatting samples available through a hyperlink interface
- MacTeX FAQ: Mac OS X specific questions and answers
- AMS FAQ: FAQ for AMS-LaTeX, primarily for AMS authors, but also dealing with
amsmathand with LaTeX in general
- de-tex-faq: FAQ of the German TeX user group DANTE e.V.
- Picture FAQ: How to Include Pictures, in German
Software and Package Archives and Catalogues:
- CTAN - The Comprehensive TeX Archive Network: the authoritative collection of materials related to TeX and LaTeX
- The TeX Catalogue Online: TeX/LaTeX package catalogue with topical, hierarchical, brief and alphabetical index
- TeX Resources on the Web: Collection by the TeX User Group
- The LaTeX Font Catalogue: displays nearly all free fonts available for use with LaTeX
- The LaTeX Wiki book on wikibooks.org
- goLaTeX wiki: German wiki with language reference and package information
- LaTeX-Wiki: German wiki
- texhax: the original TeX mailing list, going back to the 1980's
- mailing lists of the TeX Users Group: around 50 lists on tug.org for general subjects and certain packages
- mailing lists on gmane.org: among many lists there are several TeX related mailing lists
- ctan-ann - CTAN Announcements: announcements of the Comprehensive TeX Archive Network: updates, new packages etc.
- pgf-users: mailing list for pgf/TikZ
- Typo-L: discussion of type and typographic design
- tex-d-l: German mailing list for TeX and LaTeX
User group sites:
- TUG - TeX Users Group
- UK-TUG: TeX in the United Kingdom
- DANTE e.V.: German users group
- The LaTeX Project
- more groups listed by the TUG
- ParsiLaTeX: Iranian users group
- TeXblog: News and information by Stefan Kottwitz
- Some TeX Developments: blog by LaTeX developer Joseph Wright
- LaTeX Alive: blog by Will Robertson
- LaTeX for Humans: Tips, resources and tutorials
- texblog | because LaTeX matters
- more to be found on texample.net/community
Distributions - where to get a complete TeX system:
- TeX Live: TeX system for Linux, Unix, Mac OS X and Windows
- MiKTeX: user-friendly TeX system for Windows
- proTeXt: easy-to-install distribution for Windows, based on MiKTeX
- MacTeX: TeX Live customized for Mac OS X with useful additions
- Cross-platform: Texmaker, TeXstudio, TeXworks, Emacs
- Windows: TeXnicCenter, WinEdt (community), LEd, LaTeX-Editor, WinShell
- Linux: Kile, gedit and plugin
- Mac OS X: TeXShop
- Also see LaTeX Editors/IDEs
- see Output viewers topic for all platforms and formats
Friends: - Software related to TeX and LaTeX
And you can even help improving it yourself :)
The UK TeX FAQ, where you'll the answer to what you're looking for surprisingly often.
For drawing figures using TikZ texample is a great resource for examples, complete with code.
#latex IRC channel on freenode.net has some extremely knowledgeable people on it.
No one has talked about "Friends" so far :-)
For ConTeXt, the ConTeXt wiki is pretty useful
There are also options on usenet: the newsgroups comp.text.tex, fr.comp.text.tex (French), de.comp.text.tex (German) are also places where questions can be asked. Moreover, announcements about new and updated packages are also sent there.
For LaTeX the way it's used by linguists, there is http://www.essex.ac.uk/linguistics/external/clmt/latex4ling/
One of my favourite books on LaTeX is 'The LaTeX companion'. It has the whole 3rd chapter 113 pages freely online (See: full text of chapter 3). The typography is also excellent.
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German resources for LuaTeX: http://www.luatex.de/ressourcen/