The virtual TeX guru (was Re: [OS X TeX] TeX is not for the faint of heart)
William F. Adams
wadams at atlis.com
Thu May 6 09:12:47 EDT 2004
On Thursday, May 6, 2004, at 08:51 AM, Jérôme Laurens wrote:
> The documentation concerns
> - what command should I use to perform this?
> - conversely, what is the effect of this command?
> - how do I use this command?
> The first point is the most important one for beginners. In general,
> they will find the information in books, TeX catalog online, LaTeX
> Help, ... , but unfortunately, the best location still remains a TeX
> May be a dynamic, searchable, electronic TeX companion would be great
> as virtual TeX guru. This would be a big data base organized in clear
> sections, such that for example LaTeX->Math->Systems would let me to a
> page where basic LaTeX capabilities are gathered with PDF output and
> source code extracts and access to related packages documentation.
> I just take a look at the PDF and if it fits my need I just click a
> button et voilà, the correct code is inserted in my favourite LaTeX
> I told a few words about this idea at EuroTeX 2003, but got no
> It seems to me that some people in Germany have a similar project but
> I cannot find it anymore.
Graham Williams has done a _lot_ of work on his Catalogue for CTAN.
As I've noted in the past, I've been _very_ successful in finding the
answer to almost every TeX-related query I've had using
and was even able to complete all aspects of the formatting of
_Introduction to Scientific Computing_ using the FAQ, printed copies of
the Booktab and some other docs and searching the above archive.
It would be nice if there were a more formulaic, task-oriented bit of
documentation, and I've often opined that Graham's Catalogue would do
well to change along those lines, but there aren't that many questions
in the TeX world these days which haven't been asked already (and the
vast majority of those have been answered affirmatively).
There's a new, up-dated _The LaTeX Companion_, and some of its proceeds
goes toward funding LaTeX3 --- what more could a typical LaTeX user
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