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STATISTICAL LABORATORY LaTeX TYPESETTING INTRODUCTION From an end user point of view, LaTeX represents a typesetting language.

From an end user point of view, LaTeX represents a typesetting language.
LaTeX (Source) Files contain text and LaTeX instructions to format the
text and place it on a virtual page, or "Document" in LaTeX terminology,
as would be done by typesetters when preparing a printing template for
a book, magazine or newspaper. Additionally, LaTeX allows mathematical
formulae or equations to be specified, so they appear in mathematical
notation on output. LaTeX sometimes described as a "Markup" language,
but this should be reserved for cases where greater liberty is left to
viewers as to displaying the Output, and with HTML and Web Browsers.
LaTeX has evolved through several Versions, the current being LaTeX 2e,
or more exactly LaTeX 2 "Epsilon". LaTeX 3 remains to be released.
This basic course presents the major features of LaTeX Source Code,
the main "environments" or modes available to the programmer, and
some essential references where more details may be gathered. In the
notes, the term "File" will refer to a computer File, while "Document"
represents the outcome of LaTeX processing, eventually to be printed.


Source: Altham, Pat - Statistical Laboratory, Centre for Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge


Collections: Mathematics