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The LaTeX Companion, Second Edition: Tools and Techniques for Computer Typesetting
Frank Mittelbach, University of Mainz, Germany, Michel Goossens, European Organization for Nuclear Research, CERN, Genève, Switzerland, Johannes Braams, Royal KPN N V, The Hague, Netherlands, David Carlisle, NAG, Ltd., Oxford, England, and Chris Rowley, Open University, Milton Keynes, England
A publication of Addison-Wesley.
2004; 1087 pp; softcover
ISBN-10: 0-201-36299-6
ISBN-13: 978-0-201-36299-2
List Price: US$65
Member Price: US$58.50
Order Code: LATEXC
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The LaTeX Companion has long been the essential resource for anyone using LaTeX to create high-quality printed documents. This completely updated edition brings you all the latest information about LaTeX and the vast range of add-on packages now available--over 200 are covered! Full of new tips and tricks for using LaTeX in both traditional and modern typesetting, this book will also show you how to customize layout features to your own needs--from phrases and paragraphs to headings, lists, and pages.

Inside you'll find:

  • Expert advice on using LaTeX's basic formatting tools to create all types of publications--from memos to encyclopedias
  • In-depth coverage of important extension packages for tabular and technical typesetting, floats and captions, multicolumn layouts--including reference guides and discussions of the underlying typographic and TeXnical concepts
  • Detailed techniques for generating and typesetting contents lists, bibliographies, indexes, etc.
  • Tips and tricks for LaTeX programmers and systems support

New to this edition:

  • Nearly 1,000 fully tested examples that illustrate the text and solve typographical and technical problems--all ready to run!
  • An additional chapter on citations and bibliographies
  • Expanded material on the setup and use of fonts to access a huge collection of glyphs and to typeset text from a wide range of languages and cultures
  • Major new packages for graphics, "verbatim" listings, floats, and page layout
  • Full coverage of the latest packages for all types of documents--mathematical, multilingual, and many more
  • Detailed help on all error messages, including those troublesome low-level TeX errors

Like its predecessor, this book is an indispensible reference for anyone wishing to use LaTeX productively.

All of the authors have over ten years of varied experience working with LaTeX-related software systems. All but one are active members of the LaTeX3 Project Team, developing and maintaining the core LaTeX system.

The book comes with an accompanying CD-ROM which has complete plug-and-play LaTeX installation, including all the packages and examples featured 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
  • The structure of a LaTeX document
  • Basic formatting tools
  • The layout of the page
  • Tabular material
  • Mastering floats
  • Fonts and encodings
  • Higher mathematics
  • LaTeX in a multilingual environment
  • Graphics generation and manipulation
  • Index generation
  • Managing citations
  • Bibliography generation
  • LaTeX package documentation tools
  • A LaTeX overview for preamble, package, and class writers
  • Tracing and resolving problems
  • LaTeX software and user group information
  • TLC2 TeX CD
  • Bibliography
  • Index of commands and concepts
  • People
  • Biographies
  • Production notes
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