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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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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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LaTeX Introductions in languages other than English

Inspired by What are good learning resources for a LaTeX beginner?, I thought that it might be useful to collect a list of the many brilliant introductory LaTeX books and tutorials written in ...
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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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What are good learning resources for a LaTeX beginner?

Which book (free or otherwise) was the most useful to you when you started learning LaTeX? I am frequently asked this question by friends who want to learn LaTeX, and I recommend the book which got ...
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Where can I find people for hire with LaTeX skills and designer skills?

I have now written my first e-book in LaTeX but, before I publish it, I wish to hire someone with superior LaTeX skills to fix the design and formatting of the book. At the moment I have tons of ...
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What is the Best Resources to Learn LaTex for Beginners? [duplicate]

Currently, I am thinking to learn LaTex and I follow to this latex tutorial If there is some other best and practical resources. Please provide me.
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What sequence of documents should I read to know “all of” TeX and then LaTeX?

I know that there are a already number of questions on this site about good instructional (La)TeX materials for users at different levels. What I am interested in, though, is what set of documents ...
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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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Should I read Donald Knuth's The TeXbook?

I've been using LaTeX for about a year or two as part of writing reports in university and want to gain a more in-depth understanding of how it works (I'm a computer science student). Would Donald ...
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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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What is the best way to learn TeX?

As opposed to LaTeX, which is addressed in another question. Most of the references I've seen get too complex too quickly. I'm looking for something that gives me a top-down view of the language - ...
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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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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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Best Way to Start Using LaTeX/TeX?

I'm not really a programmer but I'm quite interested in learning how to use LaTeX/TeX. I've looked it up on Wikipedia and scanned through it and the documents created through this way of editing is ...
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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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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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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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“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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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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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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What is the minimum one needs to know to use TikZ?

I am fed up with the poor quality of the pictures in the papers written by my graduate students and am trying to convince them to use TikZ. I know of three ways to begin learning TikZ: The TikZ & ...
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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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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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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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Word 2010 on typesetting math [closed]

I tried to find that online, but all I found was: "Word bad, (La)TeX good! Word ugly, (La)TeX pretty!". I want an honest take from someone who used the new Math system in Word 2010, preferably who ...
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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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Which TeX should one start out with? [closed]

Ever since learning Vim, I've felt slow going in anything else. Lately I've been writing my notes and other small documents in Markdown using Vim. I've decided to to take it a step further by ...
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Prerequisites for using LaTeX efficiently

I am a student (still in high school) who wants to start using LaTeX more regularly, however, I have on major problem: I know nothing about computer science or computer programming. And I mean ...
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Customizing layout and typesetting with Latex, what I need to know?

I've been using LaTeX sparingly in the last years to write lab reports, my thesis etc. I've always had a problem with layout customization and typesetting in general. I would like to fine tune each ...
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Examples with the purpose of learning LaTeX?

I have a basic understanding of LaTeX. But I would like to learn more through LaTeX examples or real world usage (probably commented). Where can such be found?
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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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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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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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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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Is Texinfo used much except for the GNU manuals?

It looks kind of nice, but I'm not certain I should invest the time or just put LyX and org-mode away and finally learn LaTeX properly.
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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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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 ...