Tuesday, August 29 2006 @ 12:06 PM MDT
Contributed by: emma
I've tried picking up LaTeX several times in the past year or so, but time constraints and a general insecurity about being able to do anything on my own got in the way of that.
Now that school is about to start, though, and I anticipate having to write many papers, and also with the recent discovery that I am quite adept at figuring things out and not screwing things up, I've decided to really give it a go with LaTeX. Hey! It's actually not hard at all! Especially not hard with all of the very thorough and detailed documentation that's out there, such as Peter Flynn's introduction to typesetting with LaTeX. Flynn takes you from installation and on, with helpful exercises along the way. And, wouldn't you know it, but Flynn also has a good sense of humor?
Letter size is 8½″×11″, which is the trimmed size of the old Demi Quarto, still in use in North America. The other common US office size is ‘Legal’, which is 8½″×14″, a bastard cutting close to the old Foolscap (8¼″×13¼″). ISO standard ‘A’, ‘B’, and ‘C’ paper sizes are still virtually unknown in many parts of North America.