Ross Moore ross at ics.mq.edu.au
Sun Sep 23 04:39:18 EDT 2007

Hello David,

On 23/09/2007, at 12:18 AM, David Watson wrote:

> I think it is as simple as opening up an editor such as TeXShop,  
> typing something along the lines of:
> ---- snip
> \documentclass{amsart}
> \begin{document}
> \title{My exegesis}
> \author{John Doe}
> \date{\today}
> \maketitle

Although this works, it is actually better to reorder
some of these commands, as follows:

\title{My exegesis}
\author{John Doe}

The point is that the title, author, date, etc.
is part of the Metadata of the document,
not just material to be typeset.
Document classes or specialised packages may need
this information for processing at "AtBeginDocument" time.

Of course not all classes need do this, so the document will
still process fine in most cases. However, it is better
to structure your document logically, which would demand
that the Metadata aspects be clearly separated from the
main body.

> \end{document}
> ---- snip
> You save the file, make sure "LaTeX" is set as the menu next to the  
> Typeset button, then press "Typeset".
> You should be able to find more information about your distribution  
> by visiting the file:
> file:///usr/local/texlive/2007/texmf-doc/doc/english/catalogue/ 
> entries/amslatex.html
> in your web browser.



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