[pdftex] pdfLaTeX - pdfTeX - ConTeX.....
James.Haefner at usu.edu
Wed Jan 20 18:16:40 CET 2010
Jan Öhman wrote:
> When I search for help for pdflatex, I come across lots of different systems
> (pdfLaTeX - pdfTeX - ConTeX.....and so on)
> What's the diferent?
> Is it possible to have multiple "packages" at the same time?
> Is this system the easiest for beginners?
Obviously there is a learning curve. Some of your problems concern tex
and latex (not the pdf-oriented application of the same formatting
code). So, you need basic reference materials. Others have cited the
pdftex manual. I also strongly recommend you consult some of the many
books written as introductions; here are the 2 I used when learning and
still refer to:
(1) Kopka, Helmut; and Daly, Patrick W. 2004. Guide to LaTeX. 4th Ed.
Addison-Wesly. -- a readable introduction that covers latex basics and
some add-on packages.
(2) Mittelbach, Frank and Goossens, Michel. 2004. The LaTeX Companion.
2nd Ed. Addison-Wesley. -- *relatively* brief intro to basic latex (but
it is covered), but most notable for excellent coverage of many add-on
I consider both to must-reads and kept close to hand. They are both
well-worth the purchase price.
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