# Latex in three steps

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- | We mainly give examples, and not much explanation. It is highly recommended to use [http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/info/lshort/english/lshort.pdf this guide] to make sense of what is going on, and to see more examples. It also contains a comprehensive list of mathematical symbols. | + | We mainly give examples, and not much explanation. <bf>It is highly recommended </bf> (almost compulsory) to use [http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/info/lshort/english/lshort.pdf this guide] to make sense of what is going on, and to see more examples. It also contains a comprehensive list of mathematical symbols. |

== How to build the examples == | == How to build the examples == |

## Revision as of 11:30, 18 January 2008

This is short introduction to writing reports using LaTeX, a typesetting system.

## First things first

On the Solaris machines, add the `tex` module

> module add tex

We mainly give examples, and not much explanation. <bf>It is highly recommended </bf> (almost compulsory) to use this guide to make sense of what is going on, and to see more examples. It also contains a comprehensive list of mathematical symbols.

## How to build the examples

- Download the
`tex`file into a suitable folder. - "Compile" it using the
`latex`command

> latex <filename>.tex

- If there were no errors in the file, the results are genereated in a dvi-file. Open it with
`xdvi`

> xdvi <filename>.dvi

- To make a PS file use the
`dvips`command:

> dvips <filename>.dvi -o <filename>.ps

- To print the PS use
`lpr`directly. E.g. to print to the printer in RED, do

> lpr -Pred <filename>.ps

## Three steps

This introduction is structured into three steps:

- Creating a basic document with only text: just_text.tex
- Adding math: math.tex
- Adding figures and tables: figures_and_tables.tex, sinus.eps

For each of these, download the file(s), compile it, and then inspect the source code until you understand it. Then play around with it for a bit until you feel comfortable.