15 Facts About LaTeX


LaTeX is a software system for document preparation.

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LaTeX is widely used in academia for the communication and publication of scientific documents in many fields, including mathematics, computer science, engineering, physics, chemistry, economics, linguistics, quantitative psychology, philosophy, and political science.

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LaTeX uses the TeX typesetting program for formatting its output, and is itself written in the TeX macro language.

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LaTeX can be used as a standalone document preparation system, or as an intermediate format.

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LaTeX is intended to provide a high-level, descriptive markup language that accesses the power of TeX in an easier way for writers.

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LaTeX was originally written in the early 1980s by Leslie Lamport at SRI International.

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LaTeX3 has been under long-term development since the early 1990s.

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LaTeX is free software and is distributed under the LaTeX Project Public License.

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LaTeX was created in the early 1980s by Leslie Lamport, when he was working at SRI.

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LaTeX needed to write TeX macros for his own use, and thought that with a little extra effort he could make a general package usable by others.

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LaTeX system is a markup language that handles typesetting and rendering, and can be arbitrarily extended by using the underlying macro language to develop custom macros such as new environments and commands.

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Today, many LaTeX-aware editing programs make this cycle a simple matter through the pressing of a single key, while showing the output preview on the screen beside the input window.

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Default font for LaTeX is Knuth's Computer Modern, which gives default documents created with LaTeX the same distinctive look as those created with plain TeX.

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LaTeX has become the de facto standard to typeset mathematical expression in scientific documents.

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LaTeX is typically distributed along with plain TeX under a free software license: the LaTeX Project Public License.

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