latex [first-line]


This manual page is not meant to be exhaustive. The complete documentation for this version of \*(TX can be found in the info file or manual Web2C: A TeX implementation.

The \*(LX language is described in the book \*(LX - A Document Preparation System. \*(LX is a \*(TX macro package, not a modification to the \*(TX source program, so all the capabilities described in tex(1) are present.

The \*(LX macros encourage writers to think about the content of their documents, rather than the form. The ideal, very difficult to realize, is to have no formatting commands (like ``switch to italic'' or ``skip 2 picas'') in the document at all; instead, everything is done by specific markup instructions: ``emphasize'', ``start a section''.

The primary source of documentation for \*(LX is the \*(LX manual referenced below, and the local guide in the file local-guide.tex or local.tex or some such.

elatex is the e-\*(TX extended mode version of \*(LX format.

lambda is the Omega version of the \*(LX format.

pdflatex is the pdf\*(TX version of the \*(LX format.

On some systems latex209 and slitex are available for compatibility with older versions of \*(LX. These should not be used for new texts.


amslatex(1), amstex(1), pdflatex(1), pdftex(1), tex(1).

Leslie Lamport, \*(LX - A Document Preparation System, Addison-Wesley, 1985, ISBN 020115790X.

Frank Mittelbach, Michel Goossens, Johannes Braams, David Carlisle, and Chris Rowley, LaTeX Companion, Addison-Wesley, 2004, ISBN 0201362996 (2nd edition).

LaTeX Graphics Companion, available as part of a boxed set: The LaTeX Companions, Revised Boxed Set : A Complete Guide and Reference for Preparing, Illustrating, and Publishing Technical Documents (2nd Edition), by Frank Mittelbach, Michel Goossens, Sebastian Rahtz, Helmut Kopka, Patrick W. Daly (Addison-Wesley, 2004, ISBN 0321269446).