[OS X TeX] LaTeX companion and Guide to LaTeX differences

Mihalis Tsoukalos ekefe at freemail.gr
Mon Aug 16 12:53:08 EDT 2004

On 16 Aug, 2004, at 18:29, ADITYA D TRIVEDI wrote:

>>> On 8/16/04 8:38 AM, "Mihalis Tsoukalos" <ekefe at freemail.gr> wrote:
>>> Hello to everyone.
>>> What is the audience of each one of those two books?
>>> I want to buy one of them :-)
>>> many thanks in advance,
>>> Mihalis.
>> Herb Schulz wrote:
>> ``Guide to Latex'' is what I believe to be the best introduction to 
>> LaTeX
>> around. Besides the basics it goes into just enough detail to show 
>> you how
>> to extend the basic classes with packages and gives a nice 
>> introduction to
>> many of the most useful packages.
>> ``The LaTeX Companion, 2nd Edition'' has some of the best nitty-gritty
>> details of how to manipulate LaTeX to do exactly what you want it to 
>> do. It
>> goes into great detail on many packages and how to use them as well 
>> as much
>> of the inner workings of LaTeX.
>> I don't think I could do without either one! If I can't find 
>> something in
>> Guide or it doesn't go into enough detail on a subject I'm sure to 
>> find it
>> in TLC2.
> I agree. Both are excellent books and I use both of them. The LaTeX 
> Companion is for advanced users. What I would do is first buy Guide to 
> LaTeX and master it. If after that you feel like you need to know more 
> about LaTeX, get The LaTeX Companion.

I already have the "LaTeX" book (from LL, the author of LaTeX) and some 
other basic books (in Greek) about LaTeX. I am not a first-time LaTeX 
Do you think that I still need "Guide to LaTeX"?

many thanks in advance,


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