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Teaching LaTeX: Why and How?

Paul Blaga


We discuss some of the problems related to the process of learning of LaTeX and the challenge of designing a LaTeX course. We also propose a syllabus for such a course and briefly mention some of the LaTeX books which, in my opinion, are suitable to be adopted as course material.

Paul Blaga is an Assistant Professor of Geometry at the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Sciences of the "Babes-Bolyai" University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. He started using LaTeX in the early 1990's. Initially, his interest was just for writing scientific papers, but afterwards he became more and more involved and gradually turned into a great LaTeX fan.

He has served several years as an editor of the mathematical journal Studia Universitatis Napocensis, Mathematica and was responsible for switching it to LaTeX in the late 1990's. He is also the co-author of a book on LaTeX.

His main interests in LaTeX are related, especially, to the graphical capabilities -- not only commutative diagrams, but also more complicated drawings, made, for instance, with PSTricks.

You can reach Paul at

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