LaTeX Getting Started

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What is LaTeX?

LaTeX is a markup language for creating documents. Its advantages are:

  • It allows you to focus on document content and structure rather than appearance.
  • It produces professional-looking output documents.
  • It is easy to include nicely-formatted mathematical equations.

Why use LaTeX?

LaTeX is very widely used in academia, and almost all CS PhD students choose to write their thesis in LaTeX. Also many conferences provide custom LaTeX classes which will format your paper according to their specifications.

(However I recommend using Lyx instead! - Zeyn)

(After you outgrow Lyx, Kile is the obvious choice for LaTeX. It is often easier than Lyx for formatting conference papers.)

Learning LaTeX

There are many LaTeX tutorials available on the web, for example:

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