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LaTeX for Complete Novices

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Author: Nicola L. C. Talbot
Series: Dickimaw LaTeX Series
Volume: 1
Version: 1.4
Date: 25th September 2012
Licence: GNU Free Documentation License (GNU FDL)
Contents: View Table of Contents (Supplementary chapter only available in the HTML version.)
Source Code: Download ZIP file (4.5M). Note that the source code is very complicated as it required creating four different versions of the document: the HTML version, the A4 PDF version, the screen PDF version and the 7x10 inch paperback version. It should not be considered an example file for beginners.
Review: TUGboat, Volume 35 (2014), No. 1


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      isbn      = "978-1-909440-00-5",
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Additional Resources


This introductory book covers the very basics of LaTeX with exercises along the way to get you started. The on-line versions provide links to related topics in the TeX FAQ. The HTML version uses bitmaps to display sample output. (All bitmaps have alternative text or are linked to a page describing them in more detail.) If you are partially sighted, you may find the on-line viewing PDF easier to read. (It looks best in full screen mode, if your PDF viewer has that function).

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(This document was originally located at http://theoval.cmp.uea.ac.uk/~nlct/latex/novices/)

Note: UK TUG provides LaTeX beginners courses in London. Contact the UK TUG secretary if you are interested.

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