Spent the morning looking at LaTeX layout and I have learned a few things:

1) There's a reason everyone uses the same templates like book or memoir: they do an awful lot of the heavy lifting for you.

2) There's more than one way to do things, and many of them have subtle knock-on effects that you won't notice until it's too late.

3) Boy howdy this thing is powerfully addicting. Even something as simple as \lipsum[1-5] in memoir with a little bit of formatting just looks so damn good.

It's also surprising to me how many things just work in LaTeX. Conversely if you're pasting code into a document and don't know what you're doing you can get yourself into dank areas. Understanding what the warning messages are telling you is a Good Thing (TM)


Also surprising that Packt's LaTeX books are actually good. Usually Packt books are barely competent at conveying anything that isn't covered in documentation, but overall these books have useful tidbits that I'm finding helpful.

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@craigmaloney So now that you're a world leading expert on typesetting with LaTeX, would you like to help us with Subplot typsetting? :)


(Mostly joking.)

@liw Sure. Just give me ten years and all the money up-front. 😁

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