[texhax] getting started, structurally

Torsten Wagner torsten.wagner at gmail.com
Mon Jan 24 02:05:57 CET 2011

Hi as a general and supplement advice to the posts from Uwe and Axel,

if you don't have to follow any particular style just find one which you 
like most and don't tweak it to much in the beginning. Most likely, 
everything will work "out of the box". If you feel more comfortable you 
could think about changing stuff towards your needs.
LaTeX as many other programs with a relatively high complexity allow 
beginners to start easy and gradually increase control over time resp. 
over knowledge.
Thus, your document header might only consist of a few lines at the 
beginning. Don't try to follow very fancy examples copied from 
somewhere, since they might "break" something or brings troubles to a 
beginner, increasing frustration. If you find something which works for 
you 98% use it as it is and find later time to optimize the last 2%.

If you are interested in lecture notes, I might in a bad manner and 
unserious move hijack this mailing list and advertise emacs (an very 
advanced and complex text editor) + org-mode (an "add-on" for emacs to 
work on organisation, notes, text structuring, etc.) to you, which allow 
all kind of structuring your notes and finally export them to LaTeX [1].

All the best


[1] http://orgmode.org/

On 01/22/2011 11:16 PM, todoke_SV1 wrote:
> I've installed the MaxTeX distro it's up and running and I've enough docs to find how to write simple texts,
> yet I don't know how to adequately start texing a whole lot of lecture notes in a structured way.
> What I want to do is:
> define the layout without going into much detail (quite condensed, little border, no huge headings but some underlinings).
> then enter the notes, using only a small number of logical classifications (definition, proof, ..) and most of the text will be math.
> Can you recommend a guide or packages that ease my intent?
> thanks!
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