LaTeX / Multimarkdown Reading List

Posted: 31 October 2011 in Uncategorized

Here are the documents I’m reading to learn LaTeX and Multimarkdown (MMD).  They are scattered in various places and some I found only from a message board posting (didn’t show up in any search I did, even though it was exactly what I was looking for).

Please let me know if any of the links don’t work.

LaTeX Tutorials – A Primer by the Indian TeX Users Group

The LaTeX Tutorials document is about 155 pages and covers “The Basics” (Tutorial 1), bibliographies, tables of contents, typesetting mathematics, boxes, and cross references (to name a few).  I think this should be the first document you read if you’re unfamiliar with LaTeX.

The Not So Short Introduction to LaTeX 2e

This is a comprehensive reference on LaTeX by Tobias Oetiker, Hubert Partl, Irene Hyna, and Elisabeth Schlegl written in 2011.   It’s 190 pages and it’s subtitle is “Or LaTeX in 174 minutes”.  I like the organization of the document and that the PDF version (not sure there is another version though) has hyperlinks from the table of contents and from within the document (to external URLs).

LaTeX 2e for Authors by the LaTeX3 Project Team

This is an “advanced” document for LaTeX 2e.  From the Introduction “LaTeX2e is the new standard of the LaTeX Document Preparation System.  This document describes how to take advantage of the new features of LaTeX, and how to process your old LaTeX documents with LaTeX2e.  However, this document is only a brief introduction to the new facilities, and is intended for authors who are already familiar with the old version of LaTeX.  It is not a reference manual for LaTeX2e nor is it a complete introduction to LaTeX.”

This document was published in 2001.

The Memoir Class for Configurable Typesetting (in LaTeX)

This is the 8th Edition of the User Guide for The Memoir Class.  It’s 547 pages, but many of the pages are examples of the various features of the Memoir Class.  (I capitalize memoir, but technically I guess it should not be because it’s written in all lowers in the text).

From the Remarks to the User page “memoir gives you many ways to change the appearance of your document, and also provides some ready-made styles that might be appropriate for your purposes.  As you can see, this manual is not slim and attempts to describe in some detail how the various aspects of memoir work and gives examples of how you can change these to better match your needs.”

Markdown Syntax Cheat Sheet

I had a hard time finding this (mostly because I was searching for Multimarkdown cheat sheet).  In any case, this is a nice quick reference for Markdown.

LaTeX for Word Processor Users version 1.0.8 by Guido Gonzato, Ph.D.

From the document:  “First of all, let me state that this is not a LaTeX primer!  If you’re reading this document, I assume that you have at least a basic understanding of LaTeX and of its basic commands.  In this guide, I’ll explain how to replace a word processor effectively using LaTeX.”

Using Imported Graphics in LaTeX and pdfLaTeX

“This document describes first how to import graphics into LaTeX documents and then covers a wide variety [of] issues about their use.”

This is a bit advanced and I haven’t read much of it yet.

The MultiMarkdown User’s Guide Version 3.2 by Fletcher T. Penney

The reference for MMD written by the creator himself.

A short manual for TeXworks

TeXworks comes as part of the MacTeX distribution.  This is the manual for it.  I prefer TeXshop, though that’s not to say there’s anything wrong with TeXworks.

I’ll post some more later if/when I find things that are useful.

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