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Preface

Preface

A full decade has passed since the publication of the first edition of The LaTeX Companion—a decade during which some people prophesied the demise of TeX and LaTeX and predicted that other software would take over the world. There have been a great many changes indeed, but neither prediction has come to pass: TeX has not vanished and the interest in LaTeX has not declined, although the approach to both has gradually changed over time.

When we wrote the Companion in 1993 [55], we intended to describe what is usefully available in the LaTeX world (though ultimately we ended up describing what was available at CERN in those days). As an unintentional side effect, the first edition defined for most readers what should be available in a then-modern LaTeX distribution. Fortunately, most of the choices we made at that time proved to be reasonable, and the majority (albeit not all) of the packages described in the first edition are still in common use today. Thus, even though “the book shows its age, it still remains a solid reference in most parts”, as one reviewer put it recently.


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