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# LATEX Concepts

Writing a LATEX document is rather like writing a program. This makes using LATEX more difficult in some respects than using a word processor, but there are advantages too. For instance creating a table of contents is trivial. Beginners often use unnecessary ``\\`' sequences and write ``{\large \textbf{2.1 Method}}\\`' when ``\subsection{Method}`' would be much better. Users who think they know more about typesetting than LATEX (those who, for example, like underlining) will waste a lot of time too.

If you find you're adding many LATEX constructions you might save time in the long run by familiarising yourself with the packages (add-ons) described in the packages section of the online LATEX page. You could even write your own macros and add-ons.

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2006-08-30