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Questions tagged [learning]

{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 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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How to get started in TeX [duplicate]

I'd really like to get started doing some TeX shenanigans so help would be appreciated. I use TeXWorks if that helps.
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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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Where to learn the essentials about using latex? [duplicate]

Please read the whole post before downvoting. I am starting with the use of latex for my thesis and for writing some articles. I must be always asking here because it is difficult using -not learning-...
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\newpage or \clearpage not working in an article, what am I doing wrong?

I'm trying to get a basic understanding of Latex for taking notes in my Calculus III class, but for some reason I am unable to create a new page without fully using the page I am currently on. I've ...
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How do I use LaTeX [duplicate]

I need help figuring out how to use LaTeX. I really have no idea how it works and where I can use it. I read some introductory documents, but I'm still confused. If anyone could help, it would be nice....
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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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DSP stackexchange question suggested to be posted here, about LaTeX and math equations [duplicate]

My biggest stumbling block has been to write math equations neatly, as I write on paper. Many advise me to use LaTeX that I have to learn. I also used to not know how to write here. Now I am learning ...
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Can I use (LaTeX?) packages from CTAN in plain TeX?

I have the following assumptions: TeX is a kind of language Plain TeX is the original environment for this language LaTeX (and other environments) is a set of compiled macros written using TeX ...
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Easiest Latex software

I am doing summer project in maths and I have to type my report. I am good with the latex I write on mathstack that I have learned through experience but when it comes to softwares, I do not know ...
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Perl, Python, Lua or just Latex/Xetex [closed]

Recently I finished my thesis in LyX and this was my first steps into latex (even indirect steps). Even though LyX does a lot of thing automatically, when you want to do something yourself, then ...
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How can I improve my “hands-on”/ “working” knowledge of TeX's low/middle/high/higher -level control sequences?

I am not an experienced TeX/LaTeX user. I know just about enough to write my thesis. As my interest grows, I'd like to continue improving on my TeX/LaTeX knowledge, more specifically, my "working" ...
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Quickly writing LaTeX documents

I am hoping someone can give me some help. I am very new to using latex, but I am taking a class that requires some advanced mathematical equations and also drawing of various types of tree diagrams. ...
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Is there a resource with latex snippets?

I have been working in Latex for a little over a month now and I have been searching for a resource (like a website) to find latex snippets for commonly used structures or equations. For example, a ...
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Guide to latex for a mathematician [duplicate]

I'm a PhD math student and I would like to learn latex quickly and effectively. Can you suggest a good book for learning latex (with an emphasis on mathematical typesetting)?
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Any LaTeX video tutorial recommendations for Mac users?

I dive into LaTex world for a time, although I try my best to read More Math Into LaTeX come along with TeXShop, there are still lots of gaps uncovered. I did search them on Lynda.com and I find ...
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“LaTeX does not work well for people who have sold their souls”? [closed]

I read the above sentence from The Not So Short Introduction to LaTeX (page 4), and couldn't get what it means. My first guess is it says people who have already got used to commercial word-editing ...
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Are there good comprehensive lists of LaTeX commands online?

I'm relatively new to actual LaTeX scripting, much of my experience comes from using MathJax over at math.stackexchange.com and I'm kinda self-taught, just picking things up as I need them. However, I'...
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Where would one find LaTeX flashcards?

I've always been of the mind that, if I'm to take a language seriously, I need to memorize a certain amount of terms. With that in mind, I'm planning on creating a flashcard deck with Anki and/or ...
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How does your mind bend \expandafter to its will?

Expansion is often cited as one of the most arcane aspects of TeX, more akin to witchcraft than to something easily picked up by the newcomer. There are many great questions and great answers about ...
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Getting started with TeX LaTeX? [duplicate]

What are some good resources for getting started with LaTeX? Also, what's the difference between LaTeX and TeX? Thanks!
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Looking for suggestions: what should I learn next?

After a few years of trial, error, and usenet messages, I know just about all the LaTeX I really need. And my needs are modest. Most of my documents use the same template (tufte-latex), with the same ...
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How to understand and write LaTeX code?

LaTeX is like a language. In order to write LaTeX code I have to understand the "word" and the "sentences structure". I have searched on wiki, some LaTeX books, but they just give the LaTeX command, ...
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How to get started to typeset mathematical proofs with LaTeX? [duplicate]

I want to start using LaTeX to organize my proofs into a readable fashion. This motif is due to my professors preferring e-mail communication instead of reading a chicken-scratch proof. I know enough ...
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When should \begin{center}\end{center} ever be used? [duplicate]

I know that \begin{center}\end{center} cause excess white space so it is always suggested that \centering should be used which I use all the time. What would ever justify the use this tag? Maybe if ...