LATEX(1) General Commands Manual LATEX(1)
latex, pdflatex, lualatex, dvilualatex, xelatex, lamed - structured
text formatting and typesetting
This manual page is not meant to be exhaustive. The complete documen-
tation for this version of TeX can be found in the info file or manual
Web2C: A TeX implementation.
The LaTeX language is described in the book LaTeX - A Document Prepara-
tion System. LaTeX is a TeX macro package, not a modification to the
TeX source program, so all the capabilities described in tex(1) are
The LaTeX macros encourage writers to think about the content of their
documents, rather than the form. The ideal, very difficult to realize,
is to have no formatting commands (like ``switch to italic'' or ``skip
2 picas'') in the document at all; instead, everything is done by spe-
cific markup instructions: ``emphasize'', ``start a section''.
The primary source of documentation for LaTeX is the LaTeX manual ref-
erenced below, and the local guide in the file local-guide.tex or
local.tex or some such.
pdflatex, lualatex, and xelatex, are LaTeX formats based on the respec-
tive engines. All output PDF by default.
lambed is the Aleph-based LaTeX format (DVI output).
On some systems latex209 and slitex are available for compatibility
with older versions of LaTeX. These should not be used for new texts.
amslatex(1), amstex(1), pdflatex(1), pdftex(1), tex(1).
Leslie Lamport, LaTeX - A Document Preparation System, Addison-Wesley,
1985, ISBN 020115790X.
Frank Mittelbach, Michel Goossens, Johannes Braams, David Carlisle, and
Chris Rowley, LaTeX Companion, Addison-Wesley, 2004, ISBN 0201362996
The LaTeX home page is http://latex-project.org. A list of some LaTeX
tutorials is at http://www.tex.ac.uk/cgi-bin/texfaq2html?label=man-
latex. An unofficial reference manual for LaTeX is at
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