LaTeX Workshop

Date: 10 February 2015
Venue: Seminar Room, Level 2, Perpustakaan Lingkungan 2, UKM.
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
For registration, please contact Dr Rabiah by email: rabiahivi@ukm.edu.my

INTRODUCTION

LaTeX, is an abbreviation of “Lamport TeX”, is a document preparation system and document markup language. It is widely used for the communication and publication of scientific documents in many fields, including mathematics, physics, computer science, statistics, economics, and political science. It also has a prominent role in the preparation and publication of books and articles that contain complex multilingual materials, such as Sanskrit and Arabic, including critical editions. LaTeX uses the TeX typesetting program for formatting its output, and is itself written in the TeX macro language. LaTeX is not the name of a particular editing program, but refers to the encoding or tagging conventions that are used in LaTeX documents. LaTeX is widely used in academia. It can be used as a standalone document preparation system, or as an intermediate format. In the latter role, for example, it is often used as part of a pipeline for translating DocBook and other XML-based formats to PDF. The typesetting system offers programmable desktop publishing features and extensive facilities for automating most aspects of typesetting and desktop publishing, including numbering and cross-referencing of tables and figures, chapter and section headings, the inclusion of graphics, page layout, indexing and bibliographies.

TYPESETTING SYSTEM

LaTeX follows the design philosophy of separating presentation from content, so that authors can focus on the content of what they are writing without attending simultaneously to its visual appearance. In preparing a LaTeX document, the author specifies the logical structure using simple, familiar concepts such as chapter, section, table, figure, etc., and lets the LaTeX system worry about the formatting and layout of these structures. It therefore encourages the separation of layout from content while still allowing manual typesetting adjustments where needed. This concept is similar to the mechanism by which many word processors allow styles to be defined globally for an entire document or the use of Cascading Style Sheets to style HTML. The LaTeX system is a markup language that also handles typesetting and rendering.

OBJECTIVES

The aim of the workshop is to enable students and researchers to acquire the knowledge in LaTeX and apply that knowledge to prepare documents for thesis, articles for journal, conference proceedings, book chapters, etc. and generating references list and bibliography in the documents.

WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS

This workshop is opened to all researchers and students.

WORKSHOP FEES

RM200 per person.