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Old 12-08-2009, 10:01 AM   #1
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Program accepting Latex source as input and outputs Latex file.

Slackware 12.0

I would like to have an editor which allows me to write mathematical symbols like, for instance, an equation. I know Latex is the language generally used for this purpose and I'm a bit familiar with it. And maybe I have Latex support in my distribution. But, as the quantity of software provided in Slackware 12.0 is huge, I would be thankful is somebody could tell me if that is the case and what is (are) the Slack 12.0 series where the software may be found.

But I'm a newcomer to both linux and Latex. What I imagine is program, call it editor, which presents me with a window where I can type my text, mixed with mathematical expressions of course, and then I have only to do File>Save As. Or perhaps, a program that accepts a source file written in Latex with any editor and then makes the necessary translation and outputs some kind of file.

It would be nice if such a program is included in Slack 12.0, because of compatibility reasons and because, in this way, I would have binary packages. Perhaps this is not the most appropiate forum to ask about Latex, but I preferred to consult Slack users first. Any hint will be welcome. Regards.
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Well, every guide to using LaTeX (which you're meant to write with a text editor, much like HTML) works with Slackware. I recommend this one:

For a GUI LaTeX editor with good equation editing support, I've heard good things about LyX, but I haven't used it.
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I've always found it easier to just write out my LaTeX and then compile it with latex or pdflatex. YMMV, but definitely read the guides that can be found with Google. If you have particular questions about using it we can probably help, but just playing with it is a great place to start.


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For editing LaTeX code, I highly recommend Kile 2.0.3. There is also Texmaker. As Dugan pointed out, Lyx is an editor with what-you-see-is-what-you-get features. A less known editor of similar kind is Texmacs. These days almost any editor has code highlighting support for LaTeX but the ones above provide tools for compiling code, and many more. Emacs and vi can also be used, but I don't know about them in detail. Personally, I use Kile (btw, I'm a mathematician ).
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Thanks very much. I've learned Latex produces output to be used by TeX, which at the same time is a language but of a lower level (like say C and assembler). And I have found, in may distribution, both the programs latex, which comes with its info manual, and pdfetex (path
/usr/share/texmf/bin). Also slack 12 comes with the tex program (this program accepts input from the keyboard by default).

Glad to know you are a mathematician, Ilgar (forgive me if I misspell your name, as I cannot tell between 'l' and capital 'i'). Regards,


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Old 12-10-2009, 01:56 AM   #6
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Personally I like emacs with auctex enabled
There's a slackbuild for it.



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