NorthernJourney.com: Linux for Newbies, pt. 20: Document Processing - with LaTeXFeb 19, 2001, 18:38 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gene Wilburn)
[ Thanks to Gene Wilburn for this link. ]
"Contrary to popular belief, word processors go about their business in the wrong way. They're interlopers in the land of Unix--violating four time-proven Unix principles:
"So what's the pro-Unix answer to this? You guessed it: text processing, better known these days as document processing. Document processing works in much the same way that the Web does: i.e., on the Web, HTML documents are text files containing markup code. ... If you've already created HTML documents by hand, you're well on your way. You just need to change the nature of the markup tags. Most LaTeX instructions are preceded by a backslash ("\") and have fairly intuitive names. As with an HTML page, LaTeX documents have begin and end tags, a header, and a body, as well as additional structural elements that go beyond HTML."