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Guide to LaTeX (4th Edition)

Guide to LaTeX (4th Edition)
Author: Helmut Kopka - Patrick W. Daly
ISBN 13: 9780321173850
ISBN 10: 321173856
Edition: 4
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Publication Date: 2003-12-05
Format: Paperback
Pages: 624
List Price: $64.99

LaTeX is the text-preparation system of choice for scientists and academics, and is especially useful for typesetting technical materials. This popular book shows you how to begin using LaTeX to create high-quality documents. The book also serves as a handy reference for all LaTeX users. In this completely revised edition, the authors cover the LaTeX2ε standard and offer more details, examples, exercises, tips, and tricks. They go beyond the core installation to describe the key contributed packages that have become essential to LaTeX processing.

Inside, you will find:

  • Complete coverage of LaTeX fundamentals, including how to input text, symbols, and mathematics; how to produce lists and tables; how to include graphics and color; and how to organize and customize documents
  • Discussion of more advanced concepts such as bibliographical databases and BIBTeX, math extensions with AMS-LaTeX, drawing, slides, and letters
  • Helpful appendices on installation, error messages, creating packages, using LaTeX with HTML and

    An extensive alphabetized listing of commands and their uses

New to this edition:

  • More emphasis on LaTeX as a markup language that separates content and form—consistent with the essence of

    Detailed discussions of contributed packages alongside relevant standard topics

  • In-depth information on PDF output, including extensive coverage of how to use the hyperref package to create links, bookmarks, and active buttons

As did the three best-selling editions that preceded it, Guide to LaTeX, Fourth Edition, will prove indispensable to anyone wishing to gain the benefits of LaTeX.

The accompanying CD-ROM is part of the TeX Live set distributed by TeX Users Groups, containing a full LaTeX installation for Windows, MacOSX, and Linux, as well as many extensions, including those discussed in the book.


TEX is a computer typesetting program for producing scientific and technical documents, but is very complicated to use without a background in programming; LATEX is a set of macros that act as a more user-friendly interface. The systematic tutorial for beginners would also be a handy reference for the more experienced user. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)