TeX and LaTeX Sources and Utilities
- CTAN, the Comprehensive TeX Archive Network attempts to have everything: packages, fonts, etc.
CTAN Web Home Page (List of CTAN sites, worldwide )
- TeX Installation:
The basic step is installing a package with the computer programs TeX and LaTeX. You can use these with any simple editor -- or even a word processor such as MS Word (but then save your work as a plain text document). Most people prefer to install a special editor that acts as a "front-end" to TeX/LaTeX (see below).
WINDOWS MiKTeX Suggested editor: Texworks ( TeXworks manual).
MAC OS MacTeX. Suggested editor. Texshop
UNIX-compatible systems -- including Linux and Apple Mac OS. TeX is distributed as part of the larger TeX Live distribution. Suggested editor: Texworks ( TeXworks manual).
- TeX and LaTeX Catalogue Packages and tools, mostly available on CTAN.
- CTAN Search & Browse
- Including Graphics in LaTeX by K. Hoppner.
- Putting Mathematics in a Web Page.
Do you begin with an html file or a TeX/LaTeX document?
The current (2021) popular procedure is to begin with an html file and use MathJax to insert TeX/LaTeX formulas directly in the html file.
- MathJax Getting Started
- MathJax Tutorial
Another approach is to begin with a complete document that was previously created using TeX/LaTeX. Two reasonable procedures are to convert to a PDF file or to use a program that converts to html.
- Convert to PDF: save the document as a pdf file, either by converting the .ps file to .pdf using, say, ps2pdf (on Unix/Linux) or else by using pdflatex. I use ps2pdf. While pdflatex has some advantages, it was a bit buggy -- and it's pdf files are longer.
- TeX/LaTeX to html converters (see also W3 Org's Math. Page -- primarily discusses MathML).
One standard uses LaTeX2HTML This converts non-text (such as formulas) to gif that all WWW graphic browsers can display. Useful but far from perfect.
- Making SLIDES: Use "beamer" or "prosper." They come with a number of predefined styles.
See Beamer, Beamer Tutorial (and the old Beamer article)
Some people might prefer the package "talk". It has simple defaults, especially it lets you change between styles very easily for individual slides.
- Making a BIBLIOGRAPHY: Use Bibtex -- or check out amsrefs 2.0, a LaTeX extension package (an alternative to Bibtex).
- View .dvi files directly?
Click on dvi test. [If you can view dvi files outside of a web browser, you should be able to view this test file in a web browser by adding "dvi" as a MIME type.]
- The TeX Family in 2009.
- TeX, LaTeX, etc. Frequently Asked Questions. Look here before asking others: TeX FAQ (UK TuG).
- TeX Resources (UIUC)
- TeX Cookbook -- from MathPro Press.
- Valuable LaTeX book with useful details about AMSLaTeX: Math into LaTeX by George Gratzer. The Fourth Edition (2007) is published by Springer-Verlag. [Download: First Edition (PDF) ;
- Try LaTeX Online. This works in a browser window -- so to try this you don't install any software on your own computer. You type in your own text in the left window -- or just modify the sample there). Then press "Preview" at the top of the left window. The output appears in the right "Result" window (after you scroll-down a bit).
- David R.Wilkin's primer "Getting Started with LaTeX"
- LaTeX Cheat-sheet Quick reference for almost beginners.
- LaTeX: Customize the size of the paper, page, text width, height, margin, etc. LaTeX Page Layout 1 and LaTeX Page Layout 2
- Standard LaTeX Symbols,
LaTeX Math Symbols
Comprehensive list of LaTeX Symbols
LaTeX Special Characters (Wikibooks). Maybe use XeTeX (Unicode: UFT-8)
- TUG (TeX Users Group) and their list of Interesting URLs
- FONTS: Metafont sources, AMS Fonts page.