I am a new LaTeX learner, with what I have read and heard about it, I know its going to be a great tool for researchers in time saving and more, I have also discover that TeX, stack-exchange etc. has a lot of questions and answers (about LaTeX setting-up ie. its different accessories, parts such as version control and also document preparation) that are great and if well organised and placed together can make one's learning very easy and fast; but as a 'child' in LaTeX or TeX world one do not know which to know and practice first, although TeX is used for different purposes by different users, but still there should be a general sequence of learning that will enhance swift understanding of how LaTeX works from the vast arrays of intelligent questions and answers. My question still remain : can there be any orderly or sequential arrangement of question and answer that can help me and other new 'children of LaTeX'?
Short answer no. Long answer no due to the structure of the website. The main problem is our format is for specific questions receiving specific answers. Actually the more specific the better it is. Hence, at the very best it can replace A TeX cookbook. Otherwise you really need the traditional book that takes you from Hello World to more complicated stuff.
Having said that, there is a big gap between two levels of questions:
- OK, I can handle the common document formats and create my basic documents. What next?
.... some miracle happens ....
- How do I program TeX to achieve this regular expression, header adjustment, font autokerning etc.
It is a major problem that everything in between these two questions is found online with varying authority. Many sources are archaic and sometimes flat out wrong. Hence once you are at the first question level regardless of how you got there join us and fire away all your questions.
But to get to the first question you might need some help from a well-known book that are listed in What are good learning resources for a LaTeX beginner?
I would strongly recommend that you read these in order extremely slowly which will make your life much much easier:
We also have a tiny glossary from some time ago (needs a few updates though):