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Core Documentation


This page contains references to core documentation about LaTeX written by the LaTeX team. Articles on specific topics, talks, etc. can be found on the publication page indexed by topic.

In addition pointer to documentation in other languages (usually developed and maintained by user groups) is given. To find documentation that is available elsewhere on the net, visit the links page. Also, there's a whole page dedicated to books on LaTeX and related topics.

If you know about a good resource of TeX and related documentation not listed here or on the links page, please contact us.


Documentation distributed with LaTeX

General documentation

A short introduction to LaTeX (with some focus on the differences between the old LaTeX 2.09 and current standard LaTeX2e) is given in the following document:

More advanced documentation about LaTeX, which is available via the net includes:

Typesetting complex mathematics

Specifically targeting the typesetting of mathematics is:

Japanese translations

Yukitoshi FUJIMURA kindly translated two of the above documents to the Japanese language. These are

He also provided a translation of “Short Math Guide for LaTeX” distributed and maintained by the American Mathematical Society (AMS):

Here are his comments on the translation.

Source code documentation

The full documentation of the source code with all commands and their implementation can be obtained by processing source2e.tex distributed as part of the LaTeX2e distribution. A compiled version with a list of all major changes and an index of all commands and their usage within the kernel is

As a companion document Martin Scharrer compiled a useful reference list with links back into the previous document if both are stored in the same directory:

For the implementation of the standard classes article, report, and book there also exists a document that contains the complete sources with commentary:

In 2015 we introduced a roll-back/roll-forward functionality by which it becomes possible to reset the kernel code (though not external packages at this stage) to the behavior that it had on a particular date. This can be useful when processing older documents. It is documented here:

Other non-english documentation

There is a lot of documentation in languages other than English. Lists of books and other resources in other languages are maintained by TeX user groups in the respective countries. The following are known to us:

German

French