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Theory of LaTeX

  1. 1. S. SRIKRISHNAN1Theory of LaTeX
  2. 2.  A documentation preparation system Document markup language Here, what you see, is what you mean (WYSIWYM) ascompared to what you see is what you get (WYSIWYG) TeX and LaTeX TeX: All about formatting LaTeX: All about content Not a word processor!2Theory of LaTeX
  3. 3.  Complex for large documents Time consuming Context switch between formatting and content3Theory of LaTeX
  4. 4.  “Separate what changes from what remains the same” What remains the same – The formatting information(Template, as we call it!) What changes – The content of the document Famous example – HTML – CSS separation Why not apply the same for document preparation? Separate the content of the document from the stylinginformation4Theory of LaTeX
  5. 5.  It applies the design principle to solve the documentpreparation problem What changes – The content; place this is in .tex file What is constant – The styling information place thisin .cls file5Theory of LaTeXStyling Content DocumentSeparation of concerns
  6. 6.  Predefined environments – avoids rework Programmability Justification and hyphenation Ligatures Kerning6Theory of LaTeX
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  8. 8. Word InDesign pdfLaTeXNumber ofhyphenations9 10 4SD of IWS (pt) 2.26 1.94 1.42Maximum IWS(pt)14.4 13.2 9.0Number of lineswith IWS > 9pt5 2 08Theory of LaTeX
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  10. 10. .tex + libs• Source code containing the author’s work.dvi• Device independent file – too universal.aux• By product file, used by the compiler to resolve forward references.log• Logs the compilation process - errors.ps• A printable PostScript file obtained from dvi file.pdf• Something that we have been waiting for – a portable document format10Theory of LaTeX
  11. 11. “LaTeX makes life simple”11Theory of LaTeX
  12. 12.  http://www.zinktypografie.nl/comparison.pdf http://www.zinktypografie.nl/latex.php?lang=en http://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/110133/visual-comparison-between-latex-and-word-output-hyphenation-typesetting-ligat12Theory of LaTeX
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