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Aug 17, 2010, 21:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Buys)

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"LaTeX, pronounced "La-Tec", is a document preparation language that treats creating many types of document files like constructing a shell script. LaTeX uses a "What You See is What You Mean" interface, far removed from the WYSIWYG word processors like Word and OpenOffice. LaTeX is a programming language, but don't let that scare you away. Like many things in open source, the learning curve may be steep, but the view from the top is fantastic.

"Why Bother: Depending on your needs, digging in and learning LaTeX may or may not be worth your time. I first discovered LaTeX while taking a algebra in college. I needed to turn in papers with complicated algorithms and graphs, and spent hours pulling my hair out trying to line up figures using Word's equation editor. Once I found LaTeX, my papers and equations were not only beautiful, they were so well received by the professor that he used them as examples for the rest of the class."

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