LaTeX is a document-formatting system based on the TeX language. The LaTeX language is a tag-based markup language for typeset documents, just as HTML is a markup language for Web documents. It provides a powerful, relatively easy-to-use, method for preparing large documents which might include tables of contents and figures, several chapters and appendices, index, and references. LaTeX allows these various portions of the document to be created and numbered with minimal fuss, allowing the author to concentrate on the content rather than the formatting of the document. Because of its extensive mathematical formatting structures, it has also become a publishing standard for scientific and mathematical publications.
If you are , please refer to the above document for information on how to appropriately prepare your LaTeX thesis for electronic submission. It is critical that you use appropriate fonts as described in the above document. Failure to do so may result in the Graduate Studies Office rejecting your thesis.
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Of the various types of editors for LaTeX, we recommend Texmaker, or it's non-free cousin WinEdt. These editors provide quick access to the various LaTeX commands through drop-down menus and simple interfaces for creating the tricker structures like equations, tables, etc., while not hiding the LaTeX markup. They also provide one-click buttons for processing your document into PS or PDF (once properly configured). In our opinion trying to make a LaTeX editor more like a conventional word processor (i.e. WYSIWYG), as is done with Scientific Workplace and it's free cousin, LyX, is counter-productive. These products hide the LaTeX from the user, but still expect the user to have a solid knowledge of how LaTeX works. They have much more complicated user interfaces, yet they can't come close to representing a formatted LaTeX document. They also have trouble importing existing LaTeX documents and therefore make collaboration difficult.