|Authors||Tobias Oetiker, Hubert Partl, Irene Hyna, Elisabeth Schlegl||Entered||2001-01-08 12:59:33 by bcrowell|
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|Subject||Q.A - Mathematics. Computer science (applications)|
|Short, sweet, and to the point|
by Ben Crowell (crowell09 at stopspam.lightandmatter.com (change 09 to current year)) on 2001-01-12 18:30:04, review #98
better than 80%
better than 80%
The book gets right down to business, and explains things clearly. Not only does it explain how to do things, it explains why they should be done a certain way. I'd first had to learn to deal with LaTeX because the physics journals I submitted to wouldn't take any other electronic format, but I'd never really learned LaTeX from the ground up. Since then, I've learned a lot about book design both by reading books and from the experience of laying out my own physics textbooks with WYSIWYG software. Although I was a student with a Bad Attitude, I found myself nodding sympathetically as Prof. Oetiker explained what good print design is and how LaTeX encourages it.
As befits a book about how to make beautiful publications, this is a beautifully done book. I didn't notice a single typo, and although the authors apparently aren't native English speakers, the text is nearly always idiomatic is graceful.
Information wants to be free, so make some free information.
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