LaTeX and TeX at NADA
LaTeX is a very powerful typesetting system. It was created by Leslie Lamport and builds upon TeX, which Donald Knuth created to typeset his book series The Art of Computer Programming. LaTeX can, in principle, be used for all kinds of documents, but it shows its real strength when it comes to typesetting scientific reports. It has built-in support for several features, including table of contents, cross-references and bibliographies. LaTeX is free of charge and it is available to basically all platforms and operating systems. A big advantage is that the file format is identical for every platform; therefore documents can be transmitted between platforms with little or no problems.
The local LaTeX guide (only available in Swedish) contains a short introduction to LaTeX, Swedish typographic conventions and answers to common questions regarding usage of LaTeX at the department.
To get access to the TeX related programs installed on the department Unix system, you have to issue the command »module add tex». We use teTeX by Thomas Esser; all documentation that comes with teTeX can be reached from the web page /pkg/teTeX/default/texmf/doc/index.html (link to local file)on the Unix system. Those in need of more documentation should take a look at the following documents:
- The Not So Short Introduction to LaTeX 2e (external document).
- The Comprehensive LaTeX Symbol List (external document).
- Using Imported Graphics in LaTeX 2e (externt dokument).
- A Brief Guide to LaTeX Tools for Web Publishing (external document).
- UK List of TeX Frequently Asked Questions on the Web (external document).
There are also a number of locally developed packages; documentation and sample LaTeX files for them can be reached from the web page fileref("/pkg/teTeX/share/texmf-local/doc/index.html"); ?>. The easiest way to get started with them is probably to look at the documentation, which for most packages is in Swedish:
- Controlling duplex and tumble settings.
- Classes for KTH theses. (At some departments, page 1 of the insert is produced by the printing house. At such departments, the final appearence of this particular page is therefore different from what this document class generates.)
- Master's thesis in A4 format: source code, abstract, and finally the result.
- The KTH symbol on slides.
- Symbols for KTH, the School of Computer Science and Communication, and the Department of Numerical Analysis and Computer Science.
- Letter classes.
- Classes for course information, exams and internal documents.
- Classes for TRITA-NA reports: document template.