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[LaTeX] is a macro package for DonaldKnuth's [TeX] typesetting language. See http://www.latex-project.org/ for more information.

-Rather than specifying the exact layout of a document, for example fiddling with fonts and margins in a WYSIWIG word processor such as MicrosoftWord, you specify the structure of the document. (A bit like what HTML was supposed to be like before the internet became commercialised. :)) It offers much greater control over layout and appearance than other word processors
+Rather than specifying the exact layout of a document, for example fiddling with fonts and margins in a [WYSIWYG] WordProcessor such as MicrosoftWord, you specify the structure of the document. (A bit like what [ HTML] was supposed to be like before the internet became commercialised. <tt> :- )</tt> ) It offers much greater control over layout and appearance than other WordProcessor~s

Basically, people a lot smarter than you have come up with good formatting guidelines for different document types, so you don't have to worry about that sort of stuff. You just write something like

<verbatim>
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\subsection{First Subsection}
Blah blah blah...
</verbatim>

-LaTeX automatically keeps track of section and figure numbers, and comes with packages to help keep track of bibliographies/references. Source files get processed and can be converted into popular formats such as PostScript and [PDF] (using pdflatex(1)).
+[ LaTeX] automatically keeps track of section and figure numbers, and comes with packages to help keep track of bibliographies/references. Source files get processed and can be converted into popular formats such as PostScript and [PDF] (using pdflatex(1)).

-You can automatically mark up text files and source code files into latex . This used to be done by the " lgrind" program, but that is non-[Free] software. There is a [Free] latex package called " listings" that does the same thing and should be included with your latex distribution (on linux , at least).
+You can automatically mark up plaintext files and SourceCode as [LaTeX] . This used to be done by the <tt> lgrind</tt> program, but that is non-[Free] software. There is a [Free] [LaTeX] package called <tt> listings</tt> that does the same thing and should be included with your [LaTeX] distribution (on [Linux] , at least).

-[LyX] is a [WYSIWYG] LaTeX editor, or something approximating it.
+[LyX] is a [WYSIWYG] [ LaTeX] editor, or something approximating it.

-!!Local LaTeX resources
-To learn how to compile documents with Latex, see LatexMakefiles.
+!! Local LaTeX resources

-To follow through a quick worked example on using Latex , see LatexExample
+To learn how to compile documents with [LaTeX] , see LatexMakefiles

-Because Latex is a macro language , it's hard to get an accurate word count. See LatexWordcount for some tips
+To follow through a quick worked example on using [LaTeX] , see LatexExample

-There are several packages that you can run to find common typos and simple LaTeX errors in your files; try installing the __chktex__ package (dev-tex/chktex on Gentoo). (For example, it will tell you where you should add non-breaking spaces, or suggest where you've used the wrong type of dash .)
+There are several miscalleneous hints on the [LaTeXNotes] page

-Also see PdfLatexNotes, and the man page, [latex(1) ]
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+Because [LaTeX ] is a macro language, it's hard to get an accurate word count. See LatexWordcount for some tips.

+There are several packages that you can run to find common typos and simple [LaTeX] errors in your files; try installing the <tt>chktex</tt> package (<tt>dev-tex/chktex</tt> on [Gentoo]). (For example, it will tell you where you should add non-breaking spaces, or suggest where you've used the wrong type of dash.)
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+Also see PdfLatexNotes, and the ManPage, [latex(1)]
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-(The correct spelling is [LaΤεχ], but it is neither a [ WikiWord] , or easy to type.)
+(The correct spelling is [LaΤεχ], but it is neither a WikiWord, or easy to type.)