IN THIS CHAPTER
Markup Languages: TeX and LaTeX
Other word processors for Linux
Chapter 7 discussed using text editors on Linux systems, which are fine for creating documents if the document that you're creating is a shopping list, TODO list, or ransom note. For more sophisticated documents, most people nowadays expect an actual word processor, which is an application that enables you to create documents that use multiple fonts, different typefaces within a font (bold, italic, fixed, and so on); create billeted and numbered lists automatically; and provide some port for page layout using whizzy constructs such as tables, multiple columns, and so on.
This chapter explains how to do various types of word processing on your Ubuntu Linux system. It begins by discussing the various markup languages, which are text-format ways of creating formatted documents in a text editor on your Ubuntu Linux system. Though somewhat old school, markup languages are still popular, and Ubuntu supports popular, open source, markup-oriented document production systems such as TeX, and even a clone of the venerable system from bygone Unix days.
If you're reading this chapter and thinking, "Where the heck does he talk about markup languages that I actually care about like HTML and XML?" I'm sorry to disappoint you. These markup languages are not discussed in detail in this book because they are more focused on Web site than ...