latex, elatex, lambda, pdflatex - structured text formatting and typesetting
latex [ first line ]
This manual page is not meant to be exhaustive. The complete documentation for this ver-
sion 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 Preparation System. LaTeX
is a TeX macro package, not a modification to the TeX source program, so all the capabili-
ties described in tex(1) are present.
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, every-
thing is done by specific markup instructions: ``emphasize'', ``start a section''.
The primary source of documentation for LaTeX is the LaTeX manual referenced below, and
the local guide in the file local-guide.tex or local.tex or some such.
elatex is the e-TX extended mode version of LaTeX format.
lambda is the Omega version of the LaTeX format.
pdflatex is the pdfTeX version of the LaTeX format.
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), tex(1),
Leslie Lamport, LaTeX - A Document Preparation System, Addison-Wesley, 1985, ISBN
Web2C 7.3.1 29 March 1999 LATEX(1)