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Guide to LaTeX: Fourth Edition
Helmut Kopka and Patrick W. Daly, Max Planck Institut für Aeronomie, Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany
A publication of Addison-Wesley.
2004; 597 pp; softcover
ISBN-10: 0-321-17385-6
ISBN-13: 978-0-321-17385-0
List Price: US$49.99
Individual Members: US$45
Order Code: GLTEX
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This book shows readers how to begin using LaTeX to create high-quality documents. It also serves as a reference for all LaTeX users. In this completely revised edition, the authors cover the LaTeX2e 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.

In the book, readers 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 XML, and fonts
  • 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 forms
  • 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.

This Guide to LaTeX, Fourth Edition will prove indispensible to anyone wishing to gain the benefits of LaTeX.

The accompanying CD-ROM is part of the TeX Live set. It contains a full LaTeX installation for Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux, as well as many extensions, including those discussed in the book.

Published by Addison-Wesley. Distributed non-exclusively worldwide by the American Mathematical Society.


Graduate students and research mathematicians interested in LaTeX.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Text, symbols, and commands
  • Document layout and organization
  • Displaying text
  • Text in boxes
  • Tables
  • Mathematical formulas
  • Graphics inclusion and color
  • Floating tables and figures
  • User customizations
Beyond the Basics
  • Document management
  • Bibliographic databases and BibTeX
  • PostScript and PDF
  • Multilingual LaTeX
  • Math extensions with AMS-LaTeX
  • Drawing with LaTeX
  • Presentation material
  • Letters
  • The new font selection scheme
  • Installing and maintaining LaTeX
  • Error messages
  • LaTeX programming
  • LaTeX and the worldwide web
  • Obsolete LaTeX
  • Command summary
  • Bibliography
  • Index
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