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This book presents direct and concise explanations and examples to many LaTeX syntax and structures, allowing students and researchers to quickly understand the basics that are required for writing and preparing book manuscripts, journal articles, reports, presentation slides and academic theses and dissertations for publication.
Unlike much of the literature currently available on LaTeX, which takes a more technical stance, focusing on the details of the software itself, this book presents a user-focused guide that is concerned with its application to everyday tasks and scenarios. It is packed with exercises and looks at topics like formatting text, drawing and inserting tables and figures, bibliographies and indexes, equations, slides, and provides valuable explanations to error and warning messages so you can get work done with the least time and effort needed. This means LaTeX in 24 Hours can be used by students and researchers with little or no previous experience with LaTeX to gain quick and noticeable results, as well as being used as a quick reference guide for those more experienced who want to refresh their knowledge on the subject.



Chapter 1. Introduction

This Hour introduces LaTeX, including how a LaTeX document is prepared and compiled.

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Chapter 2. Fonts Selection

This Hour discusses different types of fonts, such as size, shape, family, series, text-mode, math-mode, emphasized, colored, etc.

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Chapter 3. Formatting Texts I

LaTeX has numerous predefined macros for automatic and uniform formatting of a document without any mistake. Such options are discussed in this Hour.

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Chapter 4. Formatting Texts II

The basic formatting of a document is discussed in detail in Hour 3. Some advanced formatting, including default as well as user-defined settings, are discussed in this Hour, like foot note, multiple columns, mini page, marginal note, modified sectional unit, etc.

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Chapter 5. Page Layout and Style

LaTeX has default page layouts and styles which can be used without any difficulty. These default settings can also be customized, if required, which are discussed in this Hour.

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Chapter 6. Listing and Tabbing Texts

Important matters in a document are usually listed point-wise, either for concise presentation or for making them prominent. Similarly, texts may also need to be tabbed in different columns along the width of a page. Such issues are discussed in this Hour.

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Chapter 7. Table Preparation I

A table is used for presenting data or items row- and column-wise in a concise form. This Hour discusses the generation of commonly used tables, including vertical and horizontal positioning of a table, rotated entries in tables, adjustment of columns, merging rows/columns, table wrapped by texts, table with colored background, etc.

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Chapter 8. Table Preparation II

How commonly used tables can be prepared through the tabular and tabularx environments is discussed in Hour 7. Preparation of complicated tables and table-related some high-level issues are discussed in this Hour.

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Chapter 9. Figure Insertion

LaTeX has the provision for inserting a figure from an external file in different formats. In this Hour, the insertion of external figures in different forms are discussed, such as simple figures, side-by-side figures, sub-numbering a group of figures, figure wrapped by texts, rotated figure, mathematical notations in figure, figure in table, figure in multi-column document, figures at the end of a document, etc.

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Chapter 10. Figure Drawing

How a figure can be inserted in a LaTeX document is discussed in Hour 9. Besides importing a figure from an external file, LaTeX provides many commands and environments for directly drawing different types of geometric figures which are discussed in this Hour.

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Chapter 11. Equation Writing I

This Hour discusses how commonly used mathematical expressions can be produced in a LaTeX document, such as notations and delimiters, mathematical expressions in text-mode, equation numbering, arrays of equations, alignment of equations, sub-numbering a set of equations, etc.

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Chapter 12. Equation Writing II

Writing of basic equations is discussed in Hour 11. Some processes for writing complicated equations are presented here, including the use of mathematical symbols for which special commands are required.

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Chapter 13. User-Defined Macros

LaTeX provides many in-built commands and environments for preparing a document. Besides those, it permits to define new commands and environments. Moreover, in-built ones can also be redefined to alter their behaviors. Many such cases are already addressed in previous Hours, which are systematically discussed in this Hour. In this book, although the original LaTeX syntax are printed in boldfaced sans serif fonts for their clear distinction, all user-defined syntax are printed in normal black color so that a reader is not misled.

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Chapter 14. Bibliography with LaTeX

The provision for labeling and referring various numbered materials, like sectional units, environments, foot notes, enumerated items, page numbers, etc., is discussed in the previous relevant Hours. Apart from that, LATEX can generate very elegant bibliographic references on its own. A list of bibliographic references is generated either directly entering the detail of the references in the LaTeX input file, or combining LATEX with its companion program BibTEX. The former provision is discussed in this Hour (the latter is discussed in Hour 15).

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Chapter 15. Bibliography with the BIBTeX Program

The thebibliography environment discussed in Hour 14 cannot differentiate the types of references, i.e., whether an article or a book. Moreover, even if not cited, all the references inserted in the environment are printed in the output of a document. It has a drawback, particularly when references are to be included from a separate database file. These drawbacks can be overcome in the BibTeX program discussed in this Hour. The BibTeX program automatically follows some predefined structures according to the chosen bibliography style.

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Chapter 16. Lists of Contents and Index

Lists of contents and index are generally prepared in a big document, such as a book or a report. The lists of contents are prepared at the beginning of a book showing page-wise headings of various topics and captions of tables and figures, while the index prepared at the end shows the page numbers of topic-related various terms covered in the book.

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Chapter 17. Miscellaneous I

Previous Hours were devoted on various issues related to the preparation of a general document. This Hour discusses about some special effects that can be produced in a document, such as important notes and equations in boxes, geometric transformation, etc.

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Chapter 18. Miscellaneous II

Many special effects that can be produced in a document are discussed in Hour 17. Some more effects are presented in this Hour, like hyperlinking a topic, verbatim texts, water-marking pages, inserting a logo, date, and time, etc.

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Chapter 19. Letter and Article

LaTeX based procedures for producing different components of a document are discussed in previous Hours. A full document can be prepared by using those procedures. There are several standard formats for producing different types of documents, such as letter, article, report, and book. This Hour discusses how letters and articles can be prepared in LaTeX using the procedures explained in previous Hours.

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Chapter 20. Book and Report

Preparation of a book or a report is similar to that of an article discussed in Hour 19. The only difference is that a book or a report contains a number of chapters, where each chapter is like an independent article. A book is prepared through the document-class book and a report through the document-class report.

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Chapter 21. Slide Preparation I

The LaTeX platform is applicable for preparing slides also, which can be presented like those prepared in popularly known Microsoft PowerPoint package. Slide preparation in the beamer document-class is discussed in this Hour.

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Chapter 22. Slide Preparation II

Preparation procedures of simple slides under different themes are discussed in Hour 21. This Hour is devoted on some more important topics on slide preparation, such as piece-wise presentation of items, BEAMER environments, hyperlinking, etc.

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Chapter 23. Error and Warning Messages

Commitment of typographical or logical errors is unavoidable. Most of the errors and warnings in LaTeX can be debugged easily, while some could be a little bit complicated. Some commonly committed errors and subsequent error or warning messages generated by a command-line-based LaTeX compiler are discussed in this Hour.

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Chapter 24. Exercise

Based on the discussion made in the book from Hours 1-23, some exercises are put in this Hour for practice of the readers.

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