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Author: Nicola Piscitelli
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«TeX»: REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS
This and related documents are designed to teach basics of TeX and some TeX derived languages family, LATeX in particular. Lessons are integrated with examples and exercises too.
didactic info about this lesson
Getting acquainted with (LA)TeX.
No previous knowledge are required.
competencies and abilities
Type elementary formulas: first steps.
didactic notes about whole tutorial
Objective of the course is to make students familiar with the main commands, or reserved words, of this language. The didactic methodology includes traditional lessons, exercises, description and analysis of simple and complex documents.
There are two didactic targets:
– to study the basic principles of text typesetting with (LA)TeX;
– to evaluate the proper methodologies for formatting an elaborated document containing theorems, corollaries and complex formulas whit demonstrations.
No previous particulars knowledge are required, just some familiarity with computer.
competencies and abilities
You will be able to understand (LA)TeX and his functioning, to keep away from the common errors and to produce scientific documents.
Written by Donald Knuth, $\TeX$ is a markup language like the web language «HTML»*, but is used to produce documents whit text and formulas. In this tutorial we will learn how to «TeX» works and how to advantage on it…
TeX is a markup language used to typesetting documents containing some text with mathematical formulas, theorems, etc… It is not a “WYSIWYG” software: we have to type the text and the instructions for formatting it, then we can see the result only after “typesetting” the text. In this page we will learn (step-by-step) how to «TeX» works and how to advantage on it.
*«HTML» and «WYSIWYNG» are acronyms:
– HTML stand for: «Hyper Text Markup Language»
– WYSIWYNG means: «»
- Donald Knuth, «The TeX book», Addison Wesley ;
- Donald Knuth, «The metafont book», Addison Wesley ;
- Leslie Lamport, «LATeX: A Document Preparation System», Addison Wesley ;
Turning digital input into ink: first step
Let’s now see how to create a first document: for this you’ll need to type some text in the editor window of T E Xworks. (L A )T E X is not WYSIWYG 1 software, so you’ll have to type the text and the instructions for formatting it and you’ll see the result only after “typesetting” the text. This looks a little bit dry, but one very quickly gets used to it and it is well worth the eﬀort.
What TeX is and what TeX is not
TeX or better: $\TeX$ is a markup language used to type documents containing plain text, mathematical formulas, theorems, etc…
Input to $\TeX$ consists of a ﬁle of ordinary text that you can prepare with a text editor. A TEX input ﬁle, unlike an input ﬁle for a typical word processor, doesn’t ordinarily contain any invisible control charac- ters. Everything that TEX sees is visible to you too if you look at a listing of the ﬁle.