I would like to get your opinion on the broad subject of learning LaTeX. At first, I started with the online-editor, then I installed required software on my laptop. I learned as I went, seeking and mimicking good typesetting examples, finding solutions to the problems as they appear. I have done typesetting for a number of documents and created several books for myself. However, I am still somewhat dissatisfied with my own knowledge, as it seems that it is not as systemic, as I would like it to be. Hence, I would like to seek advice in this regard. In your opinion, (a) what is the best strategy to progress from the novice to the “power user” and (b) what are those LaTeX packages (in your opinion) that every “power user” should be familiar with? Your thoughts are appreciated!

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    "User(s)": an infinite set. The question is open-ended. Latex can typeset anything. (1) Pick a skill area (fonts, layout, floats, lists, vertical scripts, colors, bibliographic programming with biblatex, indexing, etc). (2) Pick a subject area (quantum optics, syntactic trees, logic, translations, Garamond, hieroglyphs (a good area at the moment is Mayan)). (3) Combine (1) and (2). (4) Reiterate with another skill and another subject. (5) The packages follow the use. Based on questions, making math mode dynamically parametric would be extremely useful. – Cicada Dec 27 '19 at 5:27
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    Questions asking us to recommend or find a package, font, tool, book or other off-site resource are off-topic as they usually do not revolve around an abstract issue. Instead, describe the problem and what has been done so far to solve it or, if applicable, ask on Software Recommendations SX. – Henri Menke Dec 27 '19 at 5:37
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    As your learning system has been the examples, a more systematic method (but not necessarily more effective) can be only read some boring books from beginning to end, as well as manuals of the packages. Remember, texdoc is your friend. Said that, remember that you will never be an expert in everything, so the first question is what you still need for your documents. – Fran Dec 27 '19 at 9:49
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    I think Knuth's The TeXbook would be the place to start: Should I read Donald Knuth's The TeXbook?. – Peter Grill Dec 27 '19 at 9:50
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    Secret of the LaTeX Illuminatti: Find the source code (source2e) and learn how to read it. – John Kormylo Dec 27 '19 at 16:28

I found this tutorial very helpful:


It's from 2012, but is still very useful. It has a section on pstricks, though you may prefer PGF Tikz which is not in this tutorial.


There are many websites and manuals, but I think the most useful manual is here: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2d/LaTeX.pdf

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