This stuff was created Sept. 1995 and is a little
The two definitive books on LaTeX2e are: "Latex A
Document Preparation System" , second edition
( it is important you get the second edition)
by Leslie Lamport
and "The Latex Compaion" by Goosens, Mittlebach, and Samarin.
The first is a more or less readable guide to Latex2e,
and the second contains detailed descriptions of various packages.
The definitive book on Tex is the "TeXbook" by Knuth.
out of date. There are links to more up to
date material at bottom of this page
The following are documentation written by various authors
in order of increasing difficulty/complexity/specialty
(subjective of course).
They are available as post script files.
Gentle Tex is a gentle introduction
to Tex (not Latex). Don't bother to read if you
are interested only in Latex or if you know Tex. 91 pages.
Essential Latex by Michael Doob is a
quick way to start using the old Latex (Latex209).
Don't bother reading this if you know Latex.
A not very Short Intro to LaTaXe2 by
Oetiker, Partl, Hyna, and Schlegl.
Readable intro to LATEX2e and AMSLATEX. 58 pages.
Getting Up and Runing With AMSLaTeX
This gives more details about mathematical features of
AMSLaTeX which carry over to LaTex2e. 26 pages.
AMSLaTeX User Guide is a document
from the AMS and is similar to "Getting up and Running
with AMSLaTeX". Seems to have more details on the
mathematical features. This documents version 1.2,
which assumes Latex2e.
Differences between version
1.1 and 1.2 of AMS Latex.
AMSTex Guide is another document
from the AMS describing AMSTex. AMSTex is a set of
macros described in ``The Joy of Tex''. AMSTex is not
based on LaTex; rather it is a set of macros that
supplements plain Tex.
User Guide to LaTex2e by the
LaTeX3 Team. This has more emphasis on typesetting
than on mathematics. 28 pages.
Technical notes on AMSLatex.
if funny things happen when you try something fancy
in AMS Latex, this might help.
Instructions for formatting
documents for AMS
Sample Late2e document.
Sample Late2e Latex2e File.
Test Math article that shows
how the new features can be used.
AMS Fonts are described.
Symbols available with Latex.
Symbols Latex file. Look at
this file to see how to generate the symbols. You need to
be pretty good to make heads or tails out of this.
Fonts available with Tex.
Fonts Tex file. Look at
this file to see how the fonts were called. It is in Tex
and you have to be pretty good in Tex to make head or tail
out of it. Sorry.
Simple NFSS by T. Murphy is basic
intro to the new font selection.
Post Script NFSS contains
details on using Post Script fonts
Frequently Asked Questions
about NFSS and Latex2E (sorry, not much on TeX).
Virtual Fonts contains
a discussion from the Internet about virtual fonts.
This may be confusing; read at your own risk.
The following are the infamous Manpages from Unix.
This stuff is a little out of date. For more information
and other stuff see the Official TeX
Follow link there to
Tex Resources on the Web for more documentation.
There is link
to distributions and sites with software.
If you don't know LaTex and have only LaTex209 (the old
LaTeX) read "Essential Latex"
If you don't know LaTex, and want to use LaTex2e, start with
"A not very Short Intro to LaTeX2e".
If you know LaTex (or have read "A not very Short Intro to LaTeX2e")
and if you are interested in typsetting Mathematics,
then read "Getting Up and Running with AmsLaTex" or
"AMSLaTeX User Guide".
If you need more information on special mathematical fonts,
see ``AMS Fonts''.
If you know LaTeX, and want more details on LaTeX2e as a
typsetting language, read "LaTeX2e for Authors".
If don't know Tex, then read "Gentle Tex".
If you want to typeset mathematics with Tex rather than Latex,
read "AMSTex Guide".
Please send suggestions to email@example.com
Last updated February 12, 1998.:%s/