LaTeX

LaTeX is a (macro collection for a) document preparation system. It allows the user to specify what text is supposed to go in various parts of various document types and then goes to great lengths to generate typographically excellent and professional looking documents.

Learn more on Wikipedia. For possible interest is this link which gives examples to argue why LaTex is superior to Office.

For more details than you ever wanted to know, getting help, or finding packages to help with writing LaTeX documents go to CTAN. A possibly-useful wiki book is here.

It's a bit different (but not that much) and it is powerful. Just what the doctor ordered.

For a more down-to-earth approach take a look at LyX.

A good place to ask LaTeX questions: http://tex.stackexchange.com

More references:



package listings:
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http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/LaTeX/Packages/Listings


general formatting & common errors:
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http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/LaTeX/Page_Layout
http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/LaTeX/Formatting
http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/LaTeX/List_Structures
http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/LaTeX/Advanced_Topics#Boxes
http://latex.mschroeder.net/index_en.php
http://www.economics.utoronto.ca/osborne/latex/LTXERR.HTM
http://www.eng.cam.ac.uk/help/tpl/textprocessing/
http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/Wiki/index.php/LaTeX:Layout
http://www.langbein.org/publish/latex/latex-2.pdf

fancy headers:
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http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/LaTeX/Page_Layout#Customising_with_fancyhdr
http://mirror.its.dal.ca/ctan/macros/latex/contrib/fancyhdr/fancyhdr.pdf

lists:
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http://www.haptonstahl.org/latex/basics_lists.php
more about enumitem : http://stackoverflow.com/questions/2740437/changing-style-of-latex-description-lists

tables:
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http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/LaTeX/Tables
http://ctan.mackichan.com/macros/latex/required/tools/longtable.pdf
http://nepsweb.co.uk/docs/tableTricks.pdf
http://www.tug.org/TUGboat/tb28-3/tb90hoeppner.pdf Typesetting tables with LATEX
http://nepsweb.co.uk/docs/tableTricks.pdf

nice illustration of multirow solutioning:
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http://www.latex-community.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=328
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1110961/latex-longtable-package-pwidth-and-multicolumn-question
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1172130/how-can-i-change-the-vertical-position-of-content-after-a-tabularnewline
http://texblog.wordpress.com/2008/05/04/equal-cell-width-in-latex-tables/

pictures:
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http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/Wiki/index.php/LaTeX:Pictures

footnoting and hyperlinks:
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http://www.weltraumsofa.de/blackout/index.php?itemid=211
http://www.personal.ceu.hu/tex/footnote.htm
Footnotes in LaTeX section headings
   http://www.tex.ac.uk/cgi-bin/texfaq2html?label=ftnsect

troubleshooting: using explain syntax:
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http://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/13122/header-doesnt-align-with-decorative-line


changing margins
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http://kb.mit.edu/confluence/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=3907057
http://www.mps.mpg.de/software/latex/localtex/doc/fullpage.ps

outdated bits e.g. documentstyle
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http://www.cs.cornell.edu/Info/Misc/LaTeX-Tutorial/Tables.html

Topic revision: 25 May 2012, JamesBusser
 
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