Thursday, January 10, 2013

Advantages and Disadvantages of LATEX

See this post to understand what is LATEX.


  1. Professional typesetting
  2. Best output
  3. It is the standard for scientific documents
  4. Processing Mathematical (& other) symbols
  5. Meaning based structuring (rather than appearance)
  6. Knowledgeable and helpful user group
  7. Its FREE!
  8. Platform independent
  9. Professionally crafted layouts are available, which make a document really look as if “printed.”
  10. Users only need to learn a few easy-to-understand commands that specify the logical structure of a document. They almost never need to tinker with the actual layout of the document.
  11. Even complex structures such as footnotes, references, table of contents, and bibliographies can be generated easily.
  12. Free add-on packages exist for many typographical tasks not directly supported by basic LATEX. For example, packages are available to include PostScript graphics or to typeset bibliographies conforming to exact standards.].
  13. LATEX encourages authors to write well-structured texts, because this is how LATEX works—by specifying structure.
  14. TEX, the formatting engine of LATEX, is highly portable and free. Therefore the system runs on almost any hardware platform available.


  1. “Hard to write disorganized documents”*
  2. Learning Curve
  3. Customizing is tedious.

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