[texhax] Initial basic questions about TEX and LaTEX

William Adams will.adams at frycomm.com
Mon Sep 19 15:05:12 CEST 2011

On Sep 16, 2011, at 9:27 PM, Julian R A Manning wrote:

<snip> things which Paul covered.

> Is there some manual on converting plain(pdf)TEX documents in LaTeX documents that hightlights the differences between the two packages? 

No, but if one learns LaTeX, then it's a simple matter of changing one's Plain TeX markup to LaTeX (and probably adding a bunch of braces).

Begin w/ lshort.pdf and other files available here:


Eventually you'll want to get _The LaTeX Companion_, 2nd ed.

> Is there some way to add line numbers to the tex files and the pdf output both on a continuous and on a per page basis?

Using LaTeX, yes, there's a package which will do this (and this is an FAQ):


Always search through the FAQ before giving up on on-line references.

You should also get l2tabu.pdf to look through:



William Adams
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