Februar 16th, 2012 by Stefan Kottwitz
On TeX.SX, Primal Pappachan asked:
There are several answers, for helping learning LaTeX without being too complicated. Yiannis Lazarides gave some of the best suggestions:
- Assist in the TeX installation and install a full distribution, to avoid frustration by installation difficulties later.
- Provide a small template and a compilable document which roughly meets their requirements.
- Assist with the first steps.
- We are used to table of contents, lists and index - a new user though might be impressed how easy that is.
- Explain the concepts of floats early - better show benefits than let a user run into unexpected problems with moving objects.
I would add:
- Point the way to up-to-date LaTeX online resources.
- Show how the mentioned Q&A site TeX.SX works, so he can ask for help or find existing solutions there.
- Introduce him to a LaTeX discussion forum, such as LaTeX-Community.org. A web forum is easy to use and you can talk and discuss, in contrast to a Q&A site. Usenet might be a bit harder to introduce.
- For best online support, explain the importance of code such as minimal working examples.
Visit the original question and answers on the site if you would like to read more.
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