This is a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for
English-speaking users of TeX.
The questions answered here cover a wide range of topics, but
typesetting issues are mostly covered from the viewpoint of a LaTeX
user. Some of the questions answered have little relevance to today’s
users; this is inevitable — it’s easier to add information than it
is to decide that information is no longer needed. The set of
answered questions is therefore in a state of slow flux: new questions
are answered, while old questions are deleted … but the whole
process depends on the time available for FAQ maintenance.
\noindent You may use the FAQ
- by reading a printed document,
- by viewing a PDF file, with hyperlinks to assist
browsing: copies are available formatted so that they could be
printed on A4 paper or on
North American “letter” paper, or
- via Scott Pakin’s Visual FAQ, which shows
LaTeX constructions with links to FAQ explanations of how
they may be created.
Almost all files suggested in any answer in these FAQs are
available from ctan archives
, and may be
reached via links in the file list at the end of the answer. In
particular, documentation (when available) is linked from the
ctan Catalogue entry, which is also listed in the file list.
Unless doing so is unavoidable, the answers do not mention things that
are not on the ctan archives. An obvious exception is web
resources such as supplementary documents, etc.
The FAQ was originated by the Committee of the UK
TeX Users’ Group (UK TUG), in 1994, as a development of a
regular posting to the Usenet
that was maintained for some time by Bobby
Bodenheimer. The first UK version was much re-arranged and
corrected from the original, and little of Bodenheimer’s work now
This is FAQ version 3.27, released on 2013-06-07.