LaTeX Companion, The, 2nd Edition
- By Frank Mittelbach, Michel Goossens, Johannes Braams, David Carlisle, Chris Rowley
- Published Apr 22, 2004 by Addison-Wesley Professional. Part of the Tools and Techniques for Computer Typesetting series.
- Copyright 2004
- Dimensions: 7-3/8x9-1/4
- Pages: 1120
- Edition: 2nd
- ISBN-10: 0-201-36299-6
- ISBN-13: 978-0-201-36299-2
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- ISBN-10: 0-13-335990-5
- ISBN-13: 978-0-13-335990-9
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Product Author Bios
Frank Mittelbach is manager of the LaTeX3 Project, in which capacity he oversaw the release of LaTeX 2e. He is the editor of a series of publications on tools and techniques for computer typesetting.
Michel Goossens is past president of the TeX Users Group. A research physicist at CERN, where the Web paradigm was born, he is responsible for LaTeX, HTML, SGML, and, more recently, XML support for scientific documents.
Published Apr 22, 2004 by Addison-Wesley Professional. Part of the Tools and Techniques for Computer Typesetting series. The series editor may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 will 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 ofdocuments--mathematical, multilingual, and many more
- Detailed help on all error messages, including those troublesome low-level TeX errors
Like its predecessor, The LaTeX Companion, Second Edition, is an indispensable reference for anyone wishing to use LaTeX productively.
The accompanying CD-ROM contains a complete plug-and-play LaTeX installation, including all the packages and examples featured in the book.
111 of 114 people found the following review helpful
A True Companion,
This review is from: The LaTeX Companion (Tools and Techniques for Computer Typesetting) (Paperback)Pocket Review: *The* bible to keep on your desk if you use LaTex.
I love type. Ever since I got into computers, back when high resolution was a 132 column printer, I've tried to find ways to play with typesetting and fonts. I wrote a basic layout system in OMSI Pascal that drove daisywheel printers. I got to be quite an expert at nroff and troff. I used to hunt (without success) for a free copy of Scribe. I played with Lout, and a dozen other packages. But nothing, ever, held a candle to TeX when it comes to the quality of the output it produces.
Ignore for the moment some of the uglier fonts than some TeX users employ, and look instead at the pages. Hold them up at a distance and admire the uniformity of the gray: no rivers of white to be seen. Look at the bottoms of the page: if the typesetter didn't totally goof off, they'll be vertically balanced: an open spread is
the same height on both pages (TeX'll add tiny amounts of leading to make it happen). Dig... Read more
42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Finally here - GET YOURS TODAY,
This review is from: The LaTeX Companion (Tools and Techniques for Computer Typesetting) (Paperback)I have been a TeX/LaTeX user since 1982, and have authored several classes and styles (newlfm). I just got my copy of the new The LaTeX Companion (2nd Edition). I just love it!! Why? 942 pages of text, 94 pages of the index (YEP!), wonderfully clear examples, 136 pages on fonts, a whole appendix on debugging, 72 pp on mathematics, etc. The book is well-written and uses clearly distinct fonts for user commands, internal commands, etc. There are 138 pages about fonts. In the mathematics chapter, there are 104 examples in the Math chapter alone; one REALLY COOL section shows 10 different font choices and their impact on the typesetting of a small page of mathematics. HOT STUFF!!
In short, there is only 1 limitation to the book: It does not have LaTeX/TeX lion on the front. That is hard to accept. However, everything else is really good. I highly recommend this.
51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
An Outstanding Book,
This review is from: The LaTeX Companion (Tools and Techniques for Computer Typesetting) (Paperback)This is, by far, the most useful book I own. The first edition was great, the second edition is nothing short of spectacular. The two-color print is very helpful. Compared to the first edition, which I've been using for just about seven years, the updated package descriptions in the new edition improved my typesetting substantially within only a few days after I got it. Well worth it's price. I hope the authors make a good buck on this, since they are making my life so much easier.
The stated intention of the book not withstanding, I think this is all you'll ever need to use LaTeX, no matter how serious a user you are. Well, maybe a two-page primer of the basic commands in addition. Anyway, I've never used Kopka's book and I never touched Lamport's. Not because they're bad, but because I never had to.
The one small issue I have with the second edition: where did the cute pooch on the cover go?
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Table of Contents
List of Figures.
List of Tables.
2. The Structure of a LATEX Document.
3. Basic Formatting Tools.
4. The Layout of the Page.
5. Tabular Material.
6. Mastering Floats.
7. Fonts and Encodings.
8. Higher Mathematics.
9. LATEX in a Multilingual Environment.
10. Graphics Generation and Manipulation.
11. Index Generation.
12. Managing Citations.
13. Bibliography Generation.
14. LATEX Package Documentation Tools.
A. A LATEX Overview for Preamble, Package, and Class Writers.
B. Tracing and Resolving Problems.
C. LATEX Software and User Group Information.
D. TLC2 TEX CD.
Index of Commands and Concepts.
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