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Re: [OCLUG-Tech] New LaTex user ??

* William Case [2006-01-03T12:48-0500]:
> Hi;
> I just started using LaTex; I have managed to markup, view and print my
> first tutorial document and a real document.  But I am looking for some
> suggestions, tips and/or tricks for easier use.
>      1. Is there an easier way for a beginner to get at the various
>         commands rather than just using my memory or continually going
>         to 'info'?

_The Not So Short Introduction to LaTeX_ is a good starter doc.

>      2. Should I build a little sidekick-like file as a command reminder
>         sheet or does something like that already exist?

There are a few 'cheatsheets' out there -- probably written in LaTeX
and in PDF form.  http://www.stdout.org/~winston/latex/ for example.

>      3. I used LaTex mode in gedit and emacs for writing and Xdvik for
>         viewing.  Is there a specific LaTex writing and viewing gui
>         program that is any good?

There's LyX which does a sort of LaTeX hybrid of its own, but can
export vanilla LaTeX. There's also something called Kyle or Kile, but
I've never tried it.

>      4. Does anybody know of a site that gives style and formatting
>         suggestions/discussion for different types of documents?

Start at http://www.latex-project.org/ .  There are many different

>      5. If I wanted, could I just copy or import a LaTex document into
>         OOwrite?  Would I end up with the markups showing?

Yes, I think you would.  There was talk about a LaTeX-export feature
in OOo, but I'm not sure of its status.

>      6. Any other suggestions that have come in handy from experienced
>         users?

LaTeX is for lovers.

Dave Edwards <dle&sympatico,ca>
Freelance and Technical Writer,
With Special Interest in Open Source Software

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