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:

There are also a number of locally developed packages; documentation and sample LaTeX files for them can be reached from the web page . The easiest way to get started with them is probably to look at the documentation, which for most packages is in Swedish:

The local packages can be downloaded with FTP for usage on computers without access to the department AFS system.

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