I am putting together my notes on certain topics in mathematics as a latex document. While I am fairly fluent in latex for all practical purposes, my learning has mostly been adhoc. I don't think I have good style, and the document looks cluttered and could really use a lot of improvement.

While learning good latex is definitely something I need to get on, its not top priority right now. Getting into the nitty-gritties of latex documentation is a huge procrastination-trap I want to avoid, since the mathematical content I am working on deserves and demands my full attention.

So are there any services that offer latex editing and beautification? What I mean is I send them a crude latex document with all content filled in, and they spruce it up with tasteful formatting and appropriate aesthetics to make the final product look beautiful.

If there are tex lovers who do this for free just so they can sharpen their own latex skills, all the better for me :-) But just curious if there exist paid services too.

  • Another question: What do you mean by "final product"? Do you mean "beautiful (La)TeX code" or "beautiful output (PDF or whatever)"? I believe there are many people who would layout your text for you, and some of them might even be able to use LaTeX. – jarauh Nov 23 '16 at 21:40
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    If someone could comment with a coherent reason for closing this, I'd like to see it. Here are some reasons not to close: the question is not asking about how to beautify a whole document, but whether there are services that offer such help. The question is also not asking about what makes a document beautiful. So answers to the question will not be subjective (although they may run into problems with the ban on advertising). The question also doesn't belong on meta since it does not pertain to TeX.se the site. – Alan Munn Nov 23 '16 at 22:21
  • A somewhat related question: I write something in LaTeX but I wonder whether I could have written it more efficiently. Is it acceptable to post a MWE and ask whether the code could be more efficient? I learn this way but I do not know whether that is acceptable behavior here. Some answers to (other) questions suggest alternative methods but not all answers do. – Michael S Taylor Nov 23 '16 at 23:26
  • @MikeTaylor I think the consensus is code review questions are off topic. To what extent are code-review style questions welcome?. – Alan Munn Nov 23 '16 at 23:36
  • I might do it. I've never been handed LaTeX, but I have done typesetting jobs in the past where I've been handed something much less coherent than a LaTeX document. I don't know about making it beautiful exactly - I don't do graphic design. Clarity, simplicity and elegance, maybe (but others might disagree, of course). – cfr Nov 23 '16 at 23:56

Answer to the more implicit question of the question

Beautifying whole documents is not on-topic here. Such questions will likely be closed as off-topic, as too broad, or as opinion based.

Therefore, it is better to present a single problem with a nice minimal working example (MWE).

Also, the tag exists for questions, how to solve a problem the best way.

Answer to the explicit question of the question

Of course, there are TeXnicians that can be hired:

  • You say the question is not on-topic here. I'd suggest casting a vote-to-close... – Werner Nov 23 '16 at 21:49
  • I think TeX-LaTeX Meta is the best place for the question. The appropriate vote-to-close is cast. – Heiko Oberdiek Nov 23 '16 at 21:57
  • The first part of this answer is not answering the question since the OP is not asking for such advice. The second is clearly a partial answer although TeXnicians are not necessarily offering style advice, although some may. – Alan Munn Nov 23 '16 at 22:12
  • @AlanMunn Asking questions and learning from the answers is good way to improve the LaTeX skills: "While learning good latex is definitely something I need to get on". – Heiko Oberdiek Nov 23 '16 at 22:30
  • @HeikoOberdiek Undoubtedly, but it's not what the OP is asking: "but it's not top priority now [... and] is a huge procrastination-trap". – Alan Munn Nov 23 '16 at 22:33

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