LaTeX Getting Started
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.
(After you outgrow Lyx, Kile is the obvious choice for LaTeX. It is often easier than Lyx for formatting conference papers.)
There are many LaTeX tutorials available on the web, for example:
- 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.
- The guide to LaTeX Editors.