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As well as handling stand-alone LATEX files, you can create a ‘Project’ for larger documents, which helps you keep track of additional files like separate chapters, illustrations, diagrams, indexes, etc. You run LATEX direct from the toolbar icons or with F-key shortcuts. Both standard LATEX and pdfLATEX are supported, as well as creation and previewing of PostScript and PDF output. There are additional toolbars for math characters, and there is 3 Yes, I know I said don’t use directory names with spaces in them — and so you shouldn’t, for your LATEX documents — but Windows programs are usually safe enough in them.

7. ACCENTS keyboard — if you have the right ones. You must also tell LATEX what character repertoire (‘input encoding’) you are using. You specify this by using the inputenc package8 in your preamble with the relevant option. For example, to tell LATEX you will be typing ISO Latin–1 accented characters, use: ☛ ✟ \usepackage[latin1]{inputenc} ✡ ✠ If you have a real Unicode editor, which lets you insert any letter or symbol from any language on the planet (for example, mixed European, Asian, and other languages), use utf8 instead of latin1.

It does this automatically, so you don’t get unwanted extra space in your typeset output, but it does mean that any simple command which ends in a letter and has no arguments (see below) must be followed by white-space before normal text starts again, simply to keep it separate from the text. 2 Commands with arguments Many LATEX commands are followed by one or more arguments, a term from the field of Computer Science, meaning information to be acted upon. Here are two examples: ☛ ✟ \chapter{Poetic Form} \label{pform} ✡ ✠ Such arguments always go in {curly braces} like those shown above.

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