Ancient LaTeX Tutorial
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This page provides a progression of examples
of using LaTeX for scientific typesetting.
Links are provided to both downloadable
and online references about LaTeX.
08:54 PM CDT, Tue 11 Oct 2016
This page is ANCIENT. Nevertheless, below you will find an example of using LaTeX for an OU dissertation.
Some OU students are still finding that useful.
This page is designed for Unix/Linux users.
But I have assembled some tips for people needing LaTeX on windows.
On Unix/Linux, you will need latex, pdflatex, xdvi,
dvips and gv.
A first experience with LaTeX
Here we go.
Download into a suitable directory (playtex might be a suitable name):
latex jfm2esam.tex That's right, you really should type it twice
dvips -o jfm2esam.ps jfm2esam.dvi
lpr jfm2esam.ps or preview first with gv
After looking at jfm2esam.ps (preferably at the 600 dpi resolution of a good
printer) and being suitably impressed and excited, crack open jfm2esam.tex
with a text editor
and be suitably horrified. Does it really have to be that complicated? Well not
Try this for a gentler introduction.
Download first.tex. Then
dvips -o first.ps first.dvi
On some Linux systems, you may have gpdf or xpdf
available for viewing pdf files. But gv, which originated
as a postscript viewer, seems to have adequate pdf capabilities.
ghostview has yielded to gv
in recent Linux distros,
with ghostview merely providing a symbolic link to gv.
Below you will find a progression of further examples that
introduce the finer points of LaTeX.
But first, read the manual...
Learning more about LaTeX
Bundled LaTeX examples
Below are several examples of using LaTeX. After
you download thefiles.tar.gz then:
tar xvf thefiles.tar
- texample.tar.gz Demonstrates
user-defined commands, how to include graphics, and how
to ultimately make either a .pdf file or a .ps file.
revised February 25, 2003.
- pdfprob.tar.gz New on August 5, 2001.
Demonstrates how to overcome certain problems that arise when
attempting to use epic graphics within pdflatex.
the problem. Revised slightly on July 13, 2006.
- amermeteorsoc.tar.gz Shows how
to use a "style file" to make the output conform to a publications
standard, in this case the preprint style of the American Meteorological
Society. The use of BibTex to make bibliographies is also introduced.
Revised March 1, 2006.
- Updated December 14, 2011:
Shows how to use the
style file OUdissertation6.cls to make a thesis or dissertation
conforming to the standards of the University of Oklahoma's Graduate College.
Loaded with examples of graphics, tables, equations, "includes" and BibTex.
(Revised July 15, 2006 to avoid obsolete doublespace.sty,
fix margins, and upgrade for pdflatex. Revised April 19, 2007 and November 25, 2007
and March 24, 2009 for stricter conformance with Graduate College. Dedication page
procedure is simplified on April 21, 2009, and some out-of-date text is cleaned up.)
In November 2011, Ben Root offered still more tweaks in revision of
OUdissertation5.cls to OUdissertation6.cls
- semex.tar.gz Shows how to use LaTeX
to make big-print transparencies and how to use the "psfrag" system to annotate
.eps graphics with LaTeX symbols. (Traditional transparencies offer
much more resolution on the screen than does Powerpoint.)
Note: this may be obsolete.