# LaTeX Getting Started

From rs_faq

## 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:

## Useful Resources

- LaTeX Project documentation.
- LaTeX symbol lookup - you can find the LaTeX for a mathematical symbol by drawing it with your mouse.
- List of LaTeX commands (hosted at SoCS).
- Rob And Greg's LaTeX Class - for writing your thesis in LaTeX.
- JabRef - free GPL BibTeX reference manager, implemented in Java.

## See Also

- The guide to LaTeX Editors.