LaTeX – Defines the Beauty of Documents

When I came to know about LaTeX for the very first time in my 6 weeks training, I was little excited to know what the heck is LaTeX. I was excited also because I was going to learn something new. But I never knew that the word I didn’t hear before will become my favorite one so soon like this. But this happened. Yes, I broke up my 18 years healthy relationship with WYSIWYG after seeing the beauty of LaTeX. How self-seeking I am? Isn’t it? 😉 I’ve respect for MS-word. Even I’ve changed my tool but still I would love to use MS-Word for writing an apology letter for that. 😛 But when It comes to write something professional then I can’t compromise with the beauty of my documents. It’s the LaTeX which can define the beauty for it rather than others. It’s a fact. No, doubt initially you’ll find it complicated but it will not take more time to learn than to do formatting in your word document at the end stage. Here, in this post I’m sharing some features and these will make you in love with \LaTeX{} just like me.

Initially, everyone gets surprised to know the way of writing with LaTeX because we use HTML tags in this and most of the people are very familiar with MS-Word where there is no coding part and very simple to use. They make perceptions that it might be difficult and wastage of time. But all their predictions they made, announce false by their own when they see the work of LaTeX. It is the LaTeX which produces the high typographical quality of documents and specially used for the publication of scientific documents in many fields like mathematics, physics, economics, computer science etc. and articles that contain complex multilingual materials.

LaTex is actually a markup language that handles typesetting and rendering. Content is written in plain text and annotated with various commands that describe how the elements should be displayed. If you want a change, you only need to change the style definitions once, the presentation of the documents will be updated automatically. This ensures the consistent looking document.

Why LaTeX

  • LaTex maintains its portability. The actual LaTex file is a text file, which is just about the most portable format in computing. The extension used to save that particular text file should be .tex.
  • The default output file format for LaTex is DVI which means device independent and it supports cross platform. Readers are extremely portable and exist on most operating systems. DVI is hardly ubiquitous and nowadays it’s often bypassed in favour for PDF and very easy to convert to other formats like PS or HTML.
  • LaTex is flexible. One can do anything he/she wants to. It provides various packages to manage the work of different kinds. For example, there’s a package named Bibtex that provides bibliography management which we’ve to do manually if we’re using MS-Word.
  • You can have complete control over your content when you’re using LaTex but it’s not possible with MS-Word. For example, you want place an image at particular space below the text but MS-Word didn’t allow you to place this at desired location. You’ve to set the position manually every time you’ll update the text. But in LaTex its quite easy and simpler.
  • It provides the quality work.
  • We all know that we have to pay some if we want to get something. But this doesn’t hold true here. Because LaTex is open source software and is totally free of cost.
  • You can enable the spell check feature with your editor you’re using to write LaTex content. This is same as the feature provided by the MS-Word.
  • High Performance. If you need to write long document then it’ll be much better to use LaTex. Because this is easy, simple and faster to write.
  • LaTex doesn’t crash like Word.
  • LaTex explains very well, what’s the beauty of documents. It is a thing of beauty and produces things of beauty.
  • LaTex is guaranteed to be bug free. Even there are no macro viruses. One can safely receive Tex documents by email.
  • TeX has no GUID (Globally Unique Identifier). Word documents are embedded with a code that can be traced back to your computer (the police captured the author of the Melissa virus by tracing his GUID).
    It has real comments.
  • TeX versions are not incompatible. The file format has never changed.
  • There is no undo feature in TeX. This is a good thing. No one can ever seen earlier versions of your TeX document by pressing the Undo button.

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