A while back I was using CVS to synchronize and version my school work, and I was looking for a method of writing papers so the working files were text instead of binary allowing diffs to be generated via CVS. That lead me to LaTeX, and it worked out all right. I found that I was quite happily able to generate my text in vim, version it with CVS and generate a final PDF, the only binary format in the whole process.

Now, well after I really could have used it, this article pops up. It is a useful primer, but it doesn’t really touch on the one things that will probably bite a lot of users in the ass – there are zillions of versions of LaTeX and its packages, and so you’ll have to experiment to find out what works on your system. Still, it’s a good document preparation system, and I’m glad to know something about how it works.