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LaTeX reference

Reference of environments, macros, lengths and counters
by Herbert Voß2013 | 1st edition
Lehmanns Media (publisher)
978-3-86541-556-1 (ISBN)

2019 | 2nd Edition
Lehmanns Media (publisher)
978-3-96543-036-5 (ISBN)

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Page 1: Environments
Page 3: Commands / Macros
Page 27: lengths
Page 31: counter
Page 32: Imprint / sources of supply
This reference contains a compilation of the LaTeX-specific environments and commands (macros) with details of the respective syntax and meaning. The reference also contains a compilation of the typical LaTeX counters and LaTeX lengths with the typical specifications.

1st edition erratum, 2013
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The author

Herbert Voss deals with TeX / LaTeX and PostScript since the conventional systems stopped working. Numerous publications on the subject of computer science.
  • Born in 1949 near Hanover
  • 1966 middle school leaving certificate
  • 1969 journeyman's examination to become a high-voltage electrician
  • 1973 engineering degree. in Berlin
  • 1975 Dipl.-Ing.
  • 1978 Dr.-Ing.
  • 1982 Study Assessor
  • 1986 Director of Studies
  • 2002 lecturer

Interview with the author

Why did you write this reference?
Herbert Voss: My first LaTeX book was Volume I of Kopka and the most used pages were the compilation of commands. Since a new edition was no longer to be expected with the Kopka, at some point I myself went to.
For which target group is the reference intended: beginners or advanced users?
Herbert Voss: Both the large reference (271 pages) and the small reference (32 pages) are equally suitable for beginners and advanced users, because with the almost unimaginably large number of LaTeX commands, one does not always have the syntax of the basic commands in mind. It is easier to find the descriptions in a short compilation than in a long book. The book is only important if you want to understand what is behind the commands.
Why is the reference distributed free of charge?
Herbert Voss: TeX is one of the first open source projects worldwide without the term even being used at the time. With the free distribution of the "small" reference you can give back to the active OpenSource community some of the positive things you have experienced yourself. And of course do some advertising for your own cause: advertising for LaTeX, for the inexpensive DANTE edition, for DANTE e.V. and Lehmanns Media.