This article is used for helping you quickly master some essentialL
TEX skills, especially used for writing your class exercise, ﬁnal paperor graduation thesis. L
TEX can be very confusing for beginners, sinceit is not ‘WYSIWYG’
at all. In the very beginning when you learnL
TEX, you desperately watch bunches of L
TEX source codes on thecomputer screen which distracts you away from your initial intention,consuming most of your energy on handling with codes rather thanyour thought. I undertand, I had been through this before. Thus Iwrite this article to extract all essential stuﬀ which might help youlearn as quickly as possible, and of most importance, at lowest pain.Hence excuse my informal languages in this article, I have no intentionto make this article read like an academic paper which merely bringsyou more pain.
1 Buckle Your Seatbelt
For those people who want to pursue an academic career, L
TEX is absolutenecessity. Don’t anticipate that you could submit a Ph.D. dissertation writ-ten by MS word. In a word, unprofessional. When you were in classroom,watching teacher clicking folders in his/her USB, didn’t you notice that mostof your teachers do not use Powerpoint to show you his/her course slides?He/she usually opens a pdf ﬁle, then it ‘becomes’ course slides, and it looksrather neat and nice-looking. I can assure you, these slides were made byL
TEX. You must have following experience when dealing with MS word,although it is considerably straighforward, it seems always inconsistent ineverything, such as fonts change, line space diﬀers, picture unproportionallyscales, messes of footnotes, chaos of bibliography...Well, I might have ex-agerated a little bit, you might also turn fastidious with MS Oﬃce after youget to know L
TEX quite well. You even get a basic sense of how L
TEX out-put look like from reading my article, since my article is compile by L
TEX,I guess you will notice lots of diﬀerences from MS Word.L
TEX is not a word processor programme, it is a typesetting system.From my perspective, it can be regarded as ‘script programming’
. But thissystem is embedded into some window interface programme into which youcan type your articles. I recommend some programmes here, once you getfamiliar with one, you can try others, but don’t start with several together.1.
This is my favourite, most of time I use this IDE
to typeset my article.
What you see is what you get. Microsoft Word and Powerpoint belongs to thiscatagory.
If you do not know this terminolgy from computer programming, don’t bother.
Integrated development environment, again, don’t bother.