**LaTeX**is the friendly face of TeX, a powerful mathematical typesetting engine. You can use it to produce book-quality printed technical material without delving into the details of TeX itself.

LaTeX builds on TeX by providing standard document layouts, dealing
automatically with labels and cross-references, and making it easy to
include tables and graphics.

In practice you type *file.tex* of
plain text, and include mark-up codes for headings, mathematics, figures,
etc. This is the "source" that is input to LaTeX. The output is
a file holding viewable and printable pages.

Do
everything -- edit your source, run LaTeX, view and print the results
-- using a dedicated editor (Integrated Development Environment or IDE) --
see below.
In case the departmental LaTeX briefing is not sufficient, you may
be interested in the CIS course IT79: Introduction to LaTeX.

- The LaTeX project.
- LaTeX at Wikipedia.
- The Comprehensive TeX Archive Network (CTAN)
- A short introduction to LaTeX.
- The LaTeX Wikibook.
- FAQs: TeX FAQ online and a cool visual one.
- ITS info: LaTeX and MikTeX.

- The LaTeX Companion and the Graphics Companion are available in CM311.

- Quick overview example (chapters, figures, hyperlinks, maths, bibliography, lists, ...)
- How to make partially transparent boxes

Questions and
comments: Kasper
Peeters