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{learning} is about guidance to learn new skills within the TeX universe. This reaches from macro programming, special domains like graphic composition with {tikz-pgf}, to best practices in book typesetting.

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How relevant are older LaTeX textbooks? [duplicate]

I'm keen on getting learn LaTeX. However, most of the "recommended" books are quite old: Guide to LaTeX by Kopka Tikz and PGF Math and more 4'th edition etc Many of them were written ...
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new LuaTeX primitives documentation

Compared to pdfeTeX, which primitives have been added to LuaTeX? Besides the rearrangement of the standard pdfeTeX PDF primitives, and the somewhat odd (as compared to XeTeX) beaviour of \font (which ...
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Learning resources for blind LaTeX beginner

On the Blind Math list I've been asked for "a guide to get started with LaTeX". I welcome suggestions. I've take a look at What are good learning resources for a LaTeX beginner?, but ...
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Learning Latex by converting old research papers to Latex [closed]

Is translating old research paper in Math, Physics or CS (which are not written in the modern LaTex form but old font using typewriters which do not look good or appealing to the eyes and are not ...
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Commands that renew helper commands within the given scope: question about design

My question is about the design of commands that redefine other helper commands. In order to ask my question, I need to give a small set-up in order to describe what I mean. Let's take some helper ...
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Learning Latex from the scratch [duplicate]

What are the some great sources from where I can systematically learn latex. My main area of interest are document class beamer and document class exam. I have enrolled in one of the online courses ...
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What tools/advice/methods should I utlize to practice "The TeXbook by Donald Knuth"?

The short question is: How do I progress with this book? What tools should I download? A step by step explanation would be deeply appreciated .. The experience I had: Am a computer science student and ...
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LaTex. I would like to find articles on calculus written but that also are provided with the LaTex source code in order to understand it better [closed]

I am new to LaTex and i would like to understand it by reading in parallel the mathematical reasoning with the source code in LaTex. Articles in Calculus for differentiable functions, limits of ...
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How to learn LaTeX internals?

I've read the LaTeX Companion and the TeXbook, but I am still struggling to understand how LaTeX works. How \DeclareOption works? Why should I end some lines with %? How penalty works? Where \if@...
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How to help myself adding a koma footer?

I want to add a footer in my koma letter. I open the [0]manual and search Ctrl + f footer. I got 267 results for footer. Isn't there a better way to add a footer to my document? [0] https://mirror....
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How can I become proficient in LaTeX? [closed]

I read three books about LaTeX, but I am still a beginner, I can't use tikz, tcbset, tcolorbox, newcommand, tikzpicture .. environments, I just copy and paste. What should I read after these books? ...
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What is the language used in LateX?

I'm writing a book with LateX since few months ago and I used some blocks of code as black box for me because I don't know the language of LateX, and I can't solve some problems because of my ...
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How to get better at LaTeX?

I know this is sort of off-topic and may get closed for being opinion-based, but I haven't found what I need by browsing the LaTeX project site so maybe, before the question gets closed, I can get a ...
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where I can get the complete source code of a typical book for learning [duplicate]

I'm new to the TeX community. I want to know where I can get the complete source code of a typical book for learning.
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Learning Latex in a holistic way? [closed]

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 ...
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What are the best sites to learn LaTex from the scratch for writing journal articles?

I am a LaTeX newbie. I am curious to hear your recommendations about the best places to learn it. More precisely, I am going to start writing my doctoral thesis in it. Our school already has a ...
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Good source for learning to insert figures according to one's choice

I am new to LaTeX. Can someone please suggest me a good source for understanding how figure insertion in latex works and for learning how to insert figures according to one's choice in LaTeX.
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Making warmup cards with LaTeX

I'd like to make warmup cards using LaTeX. 2 questions per page Optional Title at the top The question should be at the top The bottom right corner should have a box of adjustable size. Ideally, the ...
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Started to play around with custom commands and would love help with understanding LaTeX hack codes

This may be a lot to answer at once, but I've come across some code in an old thread (pasted below) and don't really understand how it works. I would greatly appreciate it someone could walkthorugh ...
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Tex for IT professionals [duplicate]

I'm working as a programmer for about 20 years and invested a lot of time into understanding programming and computers before earning money with it. I've learned to program Java, use Windows, then ...
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Resources for learning Lua programming

I saw power of LuaLaTeX through several examples on the TeX Stack Exchange site. Could you suggest some books or other resources to learn Lua programming? I want to learn about variables, loops, ...
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Is it possible to get the latex version rather than pdf version of papers? [closed]

I am going to learn latex, I think the quickest way to do it is to imitate good latex examples. The latex version of the published papers are excellent examples, is it possible to download the latex ...
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How best to read TeXBook? (obsoleted references in LaTeX2e) [closed]

Goal: Learn LaTeX2e completely. I tried the TeXBook (or rather, got some of my team to try reading it). It's got a lot of obsoleted/removed references (\tenrm, for eg). Or should I start with LateX ...
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How to debug BibTeX?

     How do I debug BibTeX code? I would like to know how to: step through execution, step into and out of function calls, set breakpoints, visualize the stack, watch ...
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Working combination of a reference system environment and an example document for citation

Trivial yet true: an error-free TeX document compilation requires for a matching system environment configuration. Specifically for citing there seem to be some compatibility problems and for ...
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Explain like I'm five: "see" index entries

Can someone please explain like I'm five: What is the correct syntax for making index entries like this? hierarchy: see `polymorphism` overloading, operator: see `operator overloading` I'm ...
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How can I become as advanced as David Carlisle or egreg? [closed]

I have been using LaTeX for almost two years now and I have understood that the books I read gave me very little experince. The packages and tactics explained there are obsolete, for example, nothing ...
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Documentation of \mathop

The Dirac delta distribution is ubiquitous in physics. Since it is a special object I wanted to give it some extra spacing by using \mathop. I know that single letters inside \mathop are centred ...
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"Learning" LaTeX [duplicate]

I have been wondering about this questions for a quite some time and now that I am about to write my first research paper in software engineering and I want to be efficient doing it in LaTex and ...
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What is the good practice of learning LaTeX for a CSE student? [duplicate]

A CSE student has knowledge about some programming language. So, learning LaTeX is not so hard for him. And he also familiar about some indentation and syntax of different language. Now , what is ...
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Should I make the leap of learning tex or remain a downstream user and support requester? [closed]

I have been using latex and beamer for about 8 years, doing mostly basic tasks and occasionally using more advanced features. Recently I have been motivated to create my own beamer theme and ...
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The advantages and disadvantages of the program LaTeX [closed]

I'm new, I need to study and write a term project in the program LaTeX. Asking for help in learning this program. Start studying the instructions of the teacher, study of the advantages and ...
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What are the side effects of changing (almost) all catcodes to letter/other?

In ConTeXt one can change the catcodes such that (almost) all the special characters print themselves in text mode, while some of them keep their original meaning in math mode (e.g. _ and ^). The ...
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A good program to write mathematical papers using LaTeX as in this site [duplicate]

Is there a good program, either online or to download, to write nicely mathematical papers using the same LaTeX versions as in mathexchange, or as close to it as possible? I've seen something called ...
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Which Class and Packages for typesetting War and Peace ( a novel narrative) [duplicate]

Project: format "War and Peace" on 8.5" X 5.5" double sided pages, using open source software, with a pdf submittal. The utf8 text is freely available to anyone, and no one can own sole publication ...
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Tips, commands, advice that made your TeXing easier, faster or prettier

Sometimes StackExchange sites permit on-topic, soft question, community wiki answers, if they're constructive and interesting enough to the community. I hope this fits. I'm wondering moments in your ...
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Interactive console at terminal evaluating commands

As I'm using LaTeX (in my case xelatex), I often run into little gotchas. As a programmer from other more functional or procedural languages, it really grates me that I can't easily figure out what an ...
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How does \if actually get used?

I apologize if this is too newbie or a duplicate, but I've banged my head against it long enough, and searched without success. :( I am trying to use an \if to test for an empty string without ...
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Which typesetting system should a beginner use?

I've recently stumbled upon LaTex and I'm really interested in it. I did a quick search to see if this question has been previously asked and didn't seem to find anything. I was wondering which ...
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ConTeXt for the LaTeX user [duplicate]

I am willing to try out ConTeXt after reading about its typographical capabilities and differences from more classical engines. I was wondering if there was good and recent resources to learn the ...
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LaTeX introduction books 2: "modern" documentation [closed]

Trying to help a couple of completely lost querents here, I looked around and find a couple of nice posts pointing to "introductory" documentation, like for example What are good learning resources ...
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The best way to start learning how to draw geometric figures in mathematics

I want to learn how to draw geometric figures using LaTeX, but I don't know where to start. The problem is that I don't know any accessible manuals or guides that is suitable for me. I learned LaTeX ...
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\synctex=1 being an ‘Undefined control sequence’

I'm still pretty new to LaTeX; and on my home computer, I've got lualatex set up with my first few (pretty simple) LaTeX documents, Skim.app on OS X for viewing, etc etc etc … … but now that I've ...
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Is there a good tutorial / getting-started-guide focused on the KOMA-Script way?

So, I'm pretty new to LaTeX. I've been told in many places to use KOMA-Script document-classes instead of the standard ones; but it's also been mentioned that after doing so, you can't use a plethora ...
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The Latex Companion (Addison-Wesley Series on Tools and Techniques for Computer T) December 31, 1993

I just ordered this book from Amazon, it is the same that my father used ten years ago. Can I still use it for learning LaTeX or I should get the last edition (2007)?
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Is there an authoratative/up-to-date list of how to do things correctly in TeX/LaTeX?

I started using LaTeX regularly a year and a half ago. Starting out, I simply used the documentation available on the LaTeX wikibook. Thereafter, whenever I had a question that wasn't answered by the ...
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Differences of each version of TeXbook

I'm going to buy The TeXbook, and I have two alternatives for that: buy an old version one in a discounted price buy the newest version one in the fixed price To be honest, I would like to save ...
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How to learn LaTeX in the right way? [closed]

Many people always say that LaTeX is the best typesetting system which is flexible and powerful. For me, I have used LaTeX for one year already but I still have some problems with it. Let me talk ...
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Any online video tutorials on TEX / LATEX and MathML, and similar other tools for Windows users?

Is there any repository of online videos on using and mastering TEX / LATEX, and similar other tools for free download?
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How do I install, learn and benefit maximally by using LaTeX [duplicate]

I am new to LaTeX, but learnt that it's the best document preparation as researchers. I have downloaded ProTeX, but I do not know anything about coding and programming, how do I ( I am a PhD ...
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