# LaTeX and TeX

## Introduction

The TeX-related family of software allows one to produce beautiful mathematical documents. Key components of the system:

`tex`: TeX Engine with plain TeX macros and DVI output`pdftex`: TeX Engine with plain TeX macros and PDF output`latex`: TeX Engine with LaTeX macros and DVI output`pdflatex`: TeX Engine with LaTeX macros and PDF output`mf`: MetaFont Engine with plain MF macros and custom output`mpost`: MetaFont Engine with PS output

We have a few other support documents on TeX (see below). But the computer support staff does not have the resources to teach TeX - the books and other resources listed in the sidebar to the right will help you with that.

## Local information:

## Evangelism:

## Online documents: Getting Started

- Math into LaTeX Short Course
- The not so Short Introduction to LaTeX
- LaTeX for Word Processor Users
- Everything you always wanted to know about BiBTeX
- Including images with pdfTeX

## Online documents: Reference

## TeX-related websites:

## IDEs:

## WYSIWYG Word Processors built on top of TeX:

## Alternatives (or extensions) to TeX:

## Beginner Books:

- The TeXbook [Amazon]
- LaTeX: A Document Preparation System [Amazon]
- Learning LaTeX [Amazon]
- First Steps in LaTeX [Amazon]
- Math Into LaTeX [Amazon]
- LaTeX for Linux [Amazon]

## Intermediate Books:

- The LaTeX Companion [Amazon]
- The LaTeX Graphics Companion: Illustrating Documents with TeX and Postscript [Amazon, Bookpool]
- The LaTeX Web Companion: Integrating TeX, HTML, and XML [Amazon]
- Guide to LaTeX [Amazon]

Attention graduate students: many of these books are available in our grad lab library.