How LaTeX Works

In typical “WYSIWYG” text processors, such as Microsoft Word or Word Perfect:

  • Formatting commands are invisible.
  • The file shows pretty much the final result.

LaTeX, on the other hand, is a formatter rather than a text processor:

  • The file includes commands that define structure.
  • The formatting commands are visible.
  • The process requires a compiler to format the final result.

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