TeX for the Beginner
TEX is now widely used for computer typesetting in mathematics, science, and engineering. This book is a carefully paced, tutorial introduction for people first learning the system. Special emphasis is given to what can go wrong, and how to fix things. LATEX notes are provided for use with a set of macros. Features
- First book about TEX that is really for beginners.
- Shows the reader not only what TEX is, but how to use it.
- Teaches the reader how to write simple macros for all major formatting tasks.
- Covers typesetting of mathematics, includes conditionals, and auxiliary files, and describes TEX's boxes and rules.
- Contains tips on diagnosing bugs, and fixing line and page breaks, along with useful reference material.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
TeX fo the Beginner,
This review is from: TeX for the Beginner (Paperback)This book is an excellent book for those that want to learn to use TeX. Although the title of the book is "for the beginner", the book is true to its title, it will take someone who knows nothing about TeX, but the book does not stop at the beginner level - it shows various tricks that are not so straight-forward such as, changing fonts, making boxes, table buildings, etc.
I have read Paul Abraham's "TeX for the Impatients", as well as Arvind Borde's "Mathematical TeX by Example", but they do not compare with Wynter Snow's book.
I have also read "the" TexBook by Knuth. Although this is "the" ultimate source book for TeX, it is not a "user's manual".
Hence, I highly recommend this book for anybody who wants to use TeX.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A comprehensive tutorial for novices on using TeX.,
By A Customer
This review is from: TeX for the Beginner (Paperback)I confess, I'm biased: I wrote the book. But I still use it myself as a reference!
This book is designed for novices, and explains not only how TeX works, but how programming languages in general work. It is clear, concise, and has lots of silly examples.
Using TeX directly gives you very powerful and flexible control over the layout of your pages. I thoroughly recommend both TeX and this book, and am happy to answer reader questions.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The fastest way to get started with TeX,
This review is from: TeX for the Beginner (Paperback)Remember: This is a book about TeX, not LaTeX! If it is TeX you want to work with, this book will get you started at no time at all. This is not a tex reference, and it's not the only book on tex you'll need. But it will do two good things for you:
- It will get you writing high-level tex quickly.
- It will get you to do tex the RIGHT way, so that you won't have to re-write the bulk of your tex later...
And you can write tex the right way -- right away! The right way to write tex is to treat it like a markup language, and to write plenty of macros for any kind of tagging you need. Then, later, you can play with your macros to give your document the look you want. But as long as you use tex macros to markup your document, you don't even need to know HOW to get the formatting effect you want -- you can add this later, you can get someone else to help you, etc. This book is so valuable because it will force you to write macros right from the start, and use them as... Read more
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Table of Contents
I. STARTING OUT.
II. ONTO THE SLOPES.
III. DOWN WE GO!
IV. STEEPER SLOPES.
V. BACK AT THE LODGE.
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