If you have never used a terminal i. To begin, you will first need a text editor[ TeX-friendly editors and shells ]. There are a number available that are suited to using with LaTeX, some people advocate Emacs , others advocate vim , and there are various others such as NEdit. I prefer to use vim --I'm not overly keen on using the mouse, and I prefer being able to issue all commands via the keyboard although there is a GUI version of vim. As with some other editors, it comes with syntax highlighting, regular expression search and replace, auto-insertion, and a brace matching mechanism which I find useful.
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In this chapter we will tackle matters related to input encoding, typesetting diacritics and special characters. In the following document, we will refer to special characters for all symbols other than the lowercase letters a—z, uppercase letters A-Z, figures 0—9, and English punctuation marks. Some languages usually need a dedicated input system to ease document writing. This is the case for Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and others. This specific matter will be tackled in Internationalization. The rules for producing characters with diacritical marks, such as accents, differ somewhat depending whether you are in text mode, math mode, or the tabbing environment.
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Some examples are:. Make sure that your installation uses Type 1 fonts. Earlier versions of LaTeX used Type 3 bitmapped fonts. These fonts are not scalable and may render improperly on the screen or print.
However, for equation-heavy academic publishing, many scientists prefer LaTeX. There are many reasons for this, but one key one is that LaTeX provides great support for creating equations. Whilst PowerPoint has an equation editor of its own, it is not a great match for LaTeX-using scientists, because:. Well… the secret is that Microsoft has actually included this functionality in PowerPoint for us, but they just totally butchered the front-end implementation, and failed to document it properly!