[OS X TeX] LaTeX companion and Guide to LaTeX differences
Schremmer.Alain at verizon.net
Mon Aug 16 19:00:04 EDT 2004
I don't know about "the" best but I do have both (and nothing else) and
while they both drive me insane at times, without them *and this list*
I would still be wondering which way is up.
By the way, the Guide is not a subset of the Companion. For whatever
reason, there are things that are in the Guide but not in the Companion
or. at least, better done in the Guide. I don't recall the specific
examples but each time I look up the Guide, I read the Companion too.
There is also the issue of how easy it is to find the answer to the
question you have. Even if it is there, somewhere, if you can't find it
or if it takes you looking up ten page numbers to find it, it is not
good. And it is often the case with the Companion.
So, I agree with Schulz, holdup a bank if you must but get both.
On Aug 16, 2004, at 9:51 AM, Herb Schulz 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,
> ``Guide to Latex'' is what I believe to be the best introduction to
> around. Besides the basics it goes into just enough detail to show you
> 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
> of the inner workings of LaTeX.
> I don't think I could do without either one! If I can't find something
> Guide or it doesn't go into enough detail on a subject I'm sure to
> find it
> in TLC2.
> Both have been updated with new editions to reflect the state of
> LaTeX2e in
> the present.
> Hope this helps.
> Good Luck,
> Herb Schulz
> (herbs at wideopenwest.com)
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