About This Course
In this course I undertake to summarize the topics of the lectures and practices of “Typesetting and desktop publishing” course of Eszterházy Károly University of Applied Sciences, which initiates the enquirers into the world of LaTeX.
Nowadays the TeX typesetting system is known and used as standard in every higher educational institute around the world. Actually, TeX is the assembler of typography, and LaTeX is a high-level document setting language based on it.
I've got acquainted with this system in 1990. Since then I've been editing many teaching materials, books, papers with it.
Being a technical editor of a couple of journals, I've met plenty of mistakes committed by the authors, which are important for me in teaching, because from these faults I can see what to emphasize in the teaching procedure of LaTeX. I will also try to take benefit of it, in the present course.
We will approach the topics from a practical view, as far as it is possible, but sometimes it is hard to avoid theoretical aspects. So as in the Lesson 1, where you can read about many things you haven't tried out in practice as yet. It is necessary because we'll frequently have to use the concepts initiated here in the forthcoming lessons.
You can find tests and exercises at the end of every lesson. There are also videos available to help understanding the topics in some cases.
The TeX system is accessible for every type of computers and operating systems. One of the most popular systems, running on both Linux and Windows, is TeX Live. We'll also work with this system. The source of the edited document is a text file, which can be created by any editor. But it makes typesetting more easy, if we use an editor optimized for LaTeX. TeX Live contains such an editor, called TeXworks. Besides TeXworks, there are numerous editors developed for LaTeX. The most popular ones are Kile, TeXnicCenter, WinEdt, Texmaker, and TeXstudio. Based on my many years of experience, I consider TeXstudio as the best one, so we'll use this editor in the present course.
My purpose is, that everyone getting through with this course, would feel natural to use LaTeX system for typesetting a diploma work or any other kind of document, publication.
I wish you many high-level documents written in LaTeX with the motto of millions of TeX-users!
Author: Tibor Tómács
Translated into English by Ilona Oláhné Téglási (Lesson 1-6) and Miklós Hoffmann (Lesson 7-12).