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I don't use LATEX often

  1. Mar 11, 2010 #1

    DaveC426913

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    Argh! I don't use LATEX often, so when I do I don't have the benefit of practice.

    I always screw it up so I have to go looking in the LATEX FAQ. And I can never find it! Didn't it used to hang out as a sticky in the General Physics Forum?

    I don't suppose it could be put in the menu under Quick Links could it?
     
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  4. Mar 11, 2010 #3
    Re: Latex

    When I don't know a symbol I have hard time finding info on pf. The quickest way is to google:

    Here is one site:
    http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/LaTeX/AoPS_L_GuideSym.php [Broken]

    I just recently found out how to do a space as google dug out five year old pf thread.
     
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  5. Mar 14, 2010 #4

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    That's the 49-page "Introducing LaTeX Math Typesetting", a sticky in the Science Education > https://www.physicsforums.com/forumdisplay.php?f=151" forum.

    May I suggest it be transferred to this forum (Feedback etc), where members are more likely to look for it (and indeed more likely to notice it even if they aren't looking for it?) :smile:
    I prefer this very comprehensive 1997 site by Geoff Hutchison (which I got from some official PF thread, possibly the sticky above) …

    http://www.physics.udel.edu/~dubois/lshort2e/node61.html#SECTION008100000000000000000" [Broken] :wink:

    (It's adapted from "an Austrian introduction to LATEX 2.09 written in German by:
    Hubert Partlpartl@mail.boku.ac.at Zentraler Informatikdienst der Universität für Bodenkultur Wien Irene HynaIrene.Hyna@bmwf.ac.at Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft und Forschung Wien Elisabeth Schleglno email in Graz
    If you are interested in the German document you can find a version updated for LATEX2e by Jörg Knappen at CTAN:/tex-archive/info/lkurz")
     
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  6. Mar 14, 2010 #5

    Born2bwire

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    Re: Latex

    Does the forum provide an alternative for those of us who are allergic to latex?
     
  7. Mar 14, 2010 #6
    Re: Latex

    I knew this thread existed somewhere.


    I believe there are templates for copy/paste various character and symbols. Some users have that in their signature.
     
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  8. Mar 14, 2010 #7

    tiny-tim

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    :rolleyes: i think he meant http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latex_allergy" [Broken] :biggrin:
     
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  9. Mar 14, 2010 #8

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    Re: Latex

    Check the link in my sig. Not nearly as comprehensive as Latex, but if you just want to use the occasional Greek letter or a few math symbols, especially mixed in with normal text, it works reasonably well.

    EDIT:
    Hey, this post went up at 3:14 (in my time zone) on 3/14 (in my country). It's a π² post!
     
  10. Mar 14, 2010 #9

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    Re: Latex

    Happy

    http://randomfactsoftheday.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/symbol_for_pi.jpg [Broken]

    Day Redbelly
     
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  11. Mar 14, 2010 #10

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    Re: Latex

    Funny, I thought it was posted at 7:14 (in my time zone) on 14/3 (in my country). (Relativity of simultaneity :smile:)
     
  12. Mar 14, 2010 #11

    Redbelly98

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    Re: Latex

    How about bookmarking it? Or bookmark several of the useful Latex threads and files that have come up, storing them in a single bookmarks folder?

    For example . . .

    PF's Latex FAQ thread:
    https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=8997

    PF's Latex PDF file:
    https://www.physicsforums.com/misc/howtolatex.pdf

    Hootenanny shows how to make multiple lines of equations in a single Latex image:
    https://www.physicsforums.com/showpost.php?p=1938391&postcount=3
     
  13. Mar 14, 2010 #12

    Redbelly98

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    Re: Latex

    That's a good idea, or at least sticky a thread in Forum Feedback, containing a link to the Latex Intro (a.k.a. the Latex FAQ). I'll see what the other Mentors think of this. Latex questions invariably get asked in Forum Feedback.

    RB
     
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  14. Mar 15, 2010 #13

    Redbelly98

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    Re: Latex

    Okay, I have made a sticky here in Forum Feedback with links to PF Latex resources. In the future, if somebody asks "how do I type those neat math equations I see at PF?", you can simply refer them to the Learning Latex thread near the top of the Forum Feedback forum.
     
  15. Mar 16, 2010 #14

    tiny-tim

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    Nice work, Redbelly! (and nice title too) :smile:

    May I suggest an addition to the sticky, something like …

    "In many cases, it is easier to use the X2 or X2 tags just above the Reply box (on the Reply to Thread page, accessed by clicking "QUOTE" or "Go Advanced"), instead of Latex.

    (This also helps to save server power … each separate piece of Latex has an "image" which is stored permanently and individually on the PF server. :wink:)"
     
  16. Mar 16, 2010 #15

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    Re: Latex

    Good idea! I have added something like that :smile:
     
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