latex, elatex, lambda, pdflatex - structured text formatting and type-
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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.
elatex is the e-TeX 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 0-201-15790-X.
Web2C 7.5.4 29 March 1999 LATEX(1)
Man(1) output converted with