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LATEX[2] is a text formatting program that is extensively used to produce scientific journals, textbooks, and many other publications. The software is able to take irregular blocks of text with embedded commands, and assemble a device independent file that can be displayed on a computer screen or sent to a printer.

Similar to HTML tags used for the World Wide Web[1], LATEX commands direct the program to produce a formatted document including graphics. Some of the formatting may seem more difficult than HTML, but the richness available in LATEX is amazing including mathematical symbols and even a separate tag for software's own name ($\backslash$LaTeX). As of now, LATEX remains a standard for document presentation in many scientific communities.

Don Hyatt 2001-06-08