[texhax] talking about LaTeX

Steve Revilak steve at srevilak.net
Fri Sep 30 02:38:05 CEST 2011

>I will be going to talk about LaTeX (actually Persian LaTeX) in a 2 hours
>workshop and the level of the talk is introductory to intermediate. I was
>wondering if any of you have had a similar experience before. I appreciate
>your suggestions. Since LaTeX is too big, obviously you can not talk about
>everything in two hours, so I am not sure what topics I should choose.

My first exposure to LaTeX came from a course on formal language
theory; lots of Greek letters, and lots of mathematical notation.  Of
course, LaTeX does a very good job with this kind of material.  Once I
discovered how easy it was to typeset math with LaTeX, I was
completely hooked.

If my memory serves me correctly, the first things I wanted to learn
about LaTeX were

  - how to typeset math

  - how to create basic document structures (headings, lists, and

  - how to incorporate graphics (graphicx)

  - how to change margins (geometry), and how to get block-structured
    paragraphs (parskip).

Depending on your audience, these may be appropriate topics for an
introductory talk.


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