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5. Books on Text Formatting

5.1 Tex and LaTeX

The LaTeX Companion

Goossens, Michael & Mittlebach, Frank, & Samarin, Alexander; Addison-Wesley; 1994; ISBN 0-201-54199-8; 530pp.

`If you are one of those users who would like to know how LaTeX can be extended to create the nicest documents possible without becoming a (La)TeX guru, then this book is for you' --- from the Preface. Bruce Thompson adds: "A very nice book providing a lot of information about the new extensions to LaTeX, provides a large number of examples showing precisely how your document's layout can be manipulated"

LaTeX: A Document Preparation System (Second Edition)

Lamport, Leslie; Addison-Wesley; 1994; ISBN 0-201-52983-1; 256pp.

Bruce Thompson: "The ultimate reference on LaTeX 2.09 by its author. A new edition covering LaTeX2e (the version included in the current TeX/LaTeX distribution) is in preparation. LaTeX 2.09 is fully supported by LaTeX2e. A must for anyone wanting to use LaTeX. Provides a gentle introduction to document preparation and the various tools that LaTeX provides for producing professional quality documents. Lots of examples."

The TeXbook, Volume A of Computers and Typesetting; Knuth, Donald A.

Addison-Wesley; 1986, ISBN 0-201-13448; 496pp. See

Bruce Thompson: "The definitive user's guide and complete reference manual for TeX. Probably not needed for casual LaTeX use, but a fascinating book nonetheless." I'll strengthen that by adding that this book is not for the faint of heart.

The METAFONT book, Volume C of Computers and Typesetting

Knuth, Donald A.; Addison-Wesley; 1986; 0-201-13444-6, 1986; 384pp.

Bruce Thompson: "The definitive user's guide and reference manual for METAFONT, the companion program to TeX for designing fonts. An excellent work if you're planning to design your own fonts for use in TeX and LaTeX. METAFONT is included with the normal TeX/LaTeX distribution." This book is definitely not for the faint of heart.

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