[Tex/LaTex] Should I read Donald Knuth’s The TeXbook


I've been using LaTeX for about a year or two as part of writing reports in university and want to gain a more in-depth understanding of how it works (I'm a computer science student).

Would Donald Knuth's The TeXbook be a recommended read for me? What does it cover? What is your impression of it, those who have read it?

Best Answer

If you want an in-depth understanding of LaTeX you can start somewhere else. However, if you want to really understand TeX then there is no way to avoid the great TeXBook! (I actually ordered the whole 'Computers & Typesetting, Volumes A-E Boxed Set' just two weeks ago. It's still on its way to Europe -- the US prices are so much cheaper :-) )

It explains a lot of how the TeX engine works. I really just started to understand some of the fine mechanics of it after reading this book.

The sources of The TeXBook are on CTAN, so you could have a peek in it (in source form only). There is also TeX for the Impatient as a full PDF document. However, I didn't read that book yet.

Related Question