Online introductions: LaTeX
A pleasing little document, “Getting something out of LaTeX” is
designed to give a feel of LaTeX to someone who’s never used it at
all. It’s not a tutorial, merely helps the user to decide whether to
go on to a tutorial, and thence to ‘real’ use of LaTeX.
Tobias Oetiker’s ‘(Not so) Short Introduction to LaTeX2e’, is
regularly updated, as people suggest better ways of explaining things,
etc. The introduction is available on CTAN, together with
translations into a rather large set of languages.
Peter Flynn’s “Beginner’s LaTeX” (which started life as course
material) is a pleasing read. A complete copy may be found on
CTAN, but it may also be browsed over the web
Harvey Greenberg’s ‘Simplified Introduction to LaTeX’ was written
for a lecture course, and is also available on CTAN (in PostScript
The fourth edition of George Grätzer’s book “Math into LaTeX”
contains a “short course” in LaTeX itself, and that course has
been made publicly available on CTAN.
Philip Hirschhorn’s “Getting up and running with AMSLaTeX” has a
brief introduction to LaTeX itself, followed by a substantial
introduction to the use of the AMS classes and the
amsmath package and other things that are potentially of
interest to those writing documents containing mathematics.
LaTeX, a Braindump
starts you from the ground up — giving a basic tutorial in the use
of Linux to get you going (rather a large file…).
Its parent site, David Friggens’
documentation page is a
useful collection of links in itself.
Andy Roberts’ introductory material
is a pleasing short introduction to the use of (La)TeX; some of the
slides for actual tutorials are to be found on the page, as
D. R. Wilkins’
‘Getting started with LaTeX’
also looks good (it appears shorter — more of a primer — than some
of the other offerings).
presents basic LaTeX in a rather pleasing and straightforward way.
LaTeX for complete novices
does what it claims: the author teaches LaTeX at the University of
East Anglia. The “Novices” tutorial is one of several
which include exercises (with solutions). Other tutorials include
writing theses/dissertations with LaTeX, and for
using LaTeX in administrative work
Engelbert Buxbaum provides the ‘slides’ for his LaTeX course ‘The
LaTeX document preparation system’; this seems to be a departmental
course at his university.
Mark van Dongen’s
‘\latex and friends’
appeared as he was writing his book on the subject (soon to be published).
An interesting (and practical) tutorial about what not to do is
l2tabu, or “A list of sins of LaTeX2e users” by Mark
Trettin, translated into English by Jürgen Fenn. The
tutorial is available from CTAN as a PDF file (though
the source is also available).
- Beginner’s LaTeX
- info/beginlatex/beginlatex-3.6.pdf; catalogue entry
- Getting something out of LaTeX
- info/first-latex-doc (or browse the directory)
- Getting up and running with AMSLaTeX
- info/amslatex/primer (or browse the directory); catalogue entry
- Slides for LaTeX course
- info/latex-course (or browse the directory); catalogue entry
- Not so Short Introduction
- info/lshort/english (or browse the directory); catalogue entry
(in English, you may browse for sources and other language versions at
info/lshort; catalogue entry)
- Simplified LaTeX
- info/simplified-latex/simplified-intro.pdf; catalogue entry
- Short Course in LaTeX
- info/Math_into_LaTeX-4/Short_Course.pdf; catalogue entry
- The sins of LaTeX users
info/l2tabu for a copy of the document in a language that is
convenient for you
This answer last edited: 2012-11-29
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