The LaTeX Companion
||Author: Michel Goossens, Frank Mittelbach, Alexander Samarin|
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Publisher: Addison-Wesley Pub Co (31 December, 1993)
Sales Rank: 23,415
Average Customer Rating: 4.24 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 3 out of 5
Agree about frustrating aspects, but more depth than kopka
Yeah, the index is pretty appalling; yeah, learning LaTeX via this route was rough; nevertheless, short of trying to decipher the minimally commented LaTeX source code, it's the only place to find a wide variety of facts.
Speaking of the source code, isn't it about time that someone wrote up a nice thorough plain-English description of what exactly LaTeX contributes to TeX, and how it does it? That way there would be a way to learn everything at the highest level: read the TeXbook, then read what I envisage. At present, the vast number of `@'-commands, which you need to grasp for writing macros, aren't documented anywhere outside of the source code.
Also, does anyone know the inside scoop on the progress of NTS/LaTeX3?
Rating: 5 out of 5
(Almost) everything you want
My personal favorite. I have been using both the German and the English version of this boock since 1996, and I just love it. Granted, the world has moved on, and many things about LaTeX have changed and still are, and yet, there is so much information in this book. I only hope the authors soon prepare an updated version including the latest developments.
Rating: 5 out of 5
For it's topic, extremely complete
This is a very complete concise reference to the PACKAGES of LaTeX. It won't teach you well how to use LaTeX, but more how to use all of the standard packages. It is far more of a reference book than a read-to-learn book. An excellent reference book at that.
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· The LaTeX Graphics Companion: Illustrating Documents with TeX and Postscript(R)
· Math Into LaTeX
· The LaTeX Web Companion : Integrating TeX, HTML, and XML