Short Tips on LaTeX

If you’ve followed the tutorial until here, you definitely should be able to produce really professional reports, and presentations too.

I would just like to add a few tips in this conclusive article.

  1. You can make single tex files for each chapter, bibliography, etc. and then merge them all using the \include{}.
  2. Cite (\cite{}) all your bibliography, DO NOT manually insert numbers. Also refer (\ref{}) to your labels in equations, figures, and tables.
  3. Hyperlinks can be inserted in your document in case necessary. Use package hyperref, and \href{<location>}{<text>}.
  4. Have a good look at the Page Layout given on pp. 119 of lshort. Modify your page dimensions with care. The no. of words used per line has been proven to be the most optimum scientifically.
  5. There exists a \begin{picture} environment, which you may need at times. Use it instead of importing images. Lots of drawing (technical) can be handled by LaTeX itself.
  6. Line spacing can be handled using\linespread{} which affects the entire document. Use {\setlength{\baselineskip}{1.5\baselineskip} and end with \par} instead.
  7. Use \vspace{} and \hspace{} sparingly as far as possible.
  8. You can generate a book like index entry by using the package \usepackage{makeidx} and then using a key like entry pattern \index{key}.
  9. Hyphen sizes can be varied by using them consecutively (max. upto 3).
  10. You can define your own control sequences like macros in C. For example \newcommand{\inftyint}{\int_{-\infty}^{+\infty}} puts the integral from negative infinity to positive infinity just by using \inftyint wherever required.
  11. \LaTeXe or \LaTeX generates the cute looking LaTeX symbol on your document. 🙂

There are a lot of other support packages. Just to mention, some of them would be: games text support, music typesetting, pstricks, biological species names, chemical equations (with the conditions on arrow), etc.

A variety of languages are supported and can be typeset. Don’t be shocked, it includes Sanskrit! too.

For Windows users, install this thing called MikTeX, the compiler + TeXnic Center + Ghostgum & Ghostview (for ps files). Ubuntu (GNU/Linux) users can use texlive or the latex packages existing in their OS’s repositories.


4 thoughts on “Short Tips on LaTeX

  1. Makarand Tapaswi Post author

    Well, that just gives an estimate of how LARGE LaTeX is! That is just a short introduction. 🙂

  2. Pingback: Short Tips on LaTeX | Đỗ Minh Đức blog

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