Le 23 juin 04, ā 18:59, Henning Hraban Ramm a écrit :
And, Maurice, remember: Is there any complete LaTeX manual? No, there isn't - there are lots of books on different levels, most of them keep errors or describe old or obsolete packages or techniques.
Yes, there is some reference books
LateX from Lamport
A guide to Latex 2e
which all are **suffisant** to do complete scientific documents
- mathematiques (not mathxml, which has never be done for beeing written by hand!)
- biblio (m-bib)
The latex reference book is very small because it does't describe any extension. A ConTeXt reference book would be much like an uptodate cont-eni.pdf manual. It would be comparable to the couple "LaTeX Lamport + Latex Compagnon"
For me, some of the top documentations are : gettingStartWithContext LaTeXtoContext.pdf refcontextbook (alias cont-eni for the 8.3 system) metafun-s.pdf the m-bib module and its doc the m-nath module and its doc up-004.p.pdf for table
But the reference cont-eni.pdf doesn't talk about math nor biblio. Also there is several means to do tables, and it seams that the two main context reference documents (gettingStart and cont-eni.pdf) doesn't talk about the same table system. Morever, neither of them talk about the last most supported table system which seams to be enattab.pdf!!
And every latex package has its own docs that you should read - some are books itself (e.g. komascript).
Doen't know about it, doen't need it, so I'm glab it is not in the latex manuals :-)
So there's a lot more in the "basic" ConTeXt manual than in most LaTeX books! Sure, it could always be more & better... I agree that the whole plethora of single docs isn't really overviewable. But otherwise they're a nice demonstration of ConTeXt's capabilities - and I guess Hans meant them to be.
It's a good thing that additive fonctionnalities, or full reference of specialised features are not included in the standard manual, I've never asked that the metafun book should be include in the contextbook!
I think the simplest thing to do is a to make a lite introduction documentation for use as a guide about which docs should be seen as reference (which table to use, how to to biblio, ...)
Also, I think yet that a litly modified version of the contextbook.pdf, by adding the new table, nath and biblio module, should be sufficiant for most peoples.
A year ago, I thought that context could become the real "latex3" project, But now, I think that the context is missing for some universities support (latex developpers, user documentation for students, ...). An uptodate documentation could help!
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