# LaTeX facts for kids

Original author(s) | Leslie Lamport |
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Platform | Cross-platform |

Type | Typesetting |

License | LaTeX Project Public License (LPPL) |

**LaTeX** is a computer program used for making articles, books and mathematical formulas more aesthetically pleasing. LaTeX is well-suited for expressing mathematical formulas on electronic devices in a more human readable format, by allowing them to be shown in a format similar to how they would be written in many textbooks or by hand.

LaTeX is used for making mathematical formulas for some articles on Wikipedia, in addition to being used within academic circles.

The writer types his article into a plain text document. A plain text document cannot have styled text, like bold or italic. When the writer wants to write styled text, they use computer commands. For example, the command for bold text is \textbf{This text is bold}.

After the writer is finished writing the article, they tell LaTeX to read the document. After LaTeX is done, LaTeX makes a file that can be printed. The command \textbf{This text is bold} would print as **This text is bold**.

LaTeX was first made in the early 1980s by Leslie Lamport at SRI International, who published its first manual in 1986. The current version is LaTeX2e (styled ), which has been active since 1994.

## Example

The example below shows the LaTeX input and its corresponding output:

## Academic contributions to LaTeX

In order to support mathematical typesetting, the American Mathematical Society (AMS) has made the **AMS-LaTeX** package. AMS also founded **MathJax**, a Javascript extension to display mathematical formulas on web browsers, with the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

## Related pages

- Acaric (Developer of Cloud LaTeX)
- Beamer (LaTeX-based presentation software)
- CTAN (One of the largest LaTeX-related website)
- SATySFi (A computer program expected to be an alternative to LaTeX)
- Overleaf
- Van Dongen, M. R. (2012). LATEX and Friends. Springer Science & Business Media.
- Grätzer, G. (2014). Practical LaTeX. Springer.
- Datta, D. (2017). LaTeX in 24 Hours: A Practical Guide for Scientific Writing. Springer.

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