What is LaTeX?
LaTeX is a TeX macro package, originally written by Leslie Lamport, that
provides a document processing system. LaTeX allows markup to
describe the structure of a document, so that the user
need not think about presentation. By using document classes and
add-on packages, the same document can be produced in a variety of
Lamport says that LaTeX
“represents a balance between functionality and ease of use”.
This shows itself as a continual conflict that leads to
the need for such things as FAQs: LaTeX can
meet most user requirements, but finding out how is often
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