LaTeX Training & Consultancy
Learn LaTeX with Lim Lian Tze, active contributor to the Malaysian LaTeX User Group blog and author of several university thesis LaTeX templates and presentation themes.
Drop me a line at liantze @ gLILYmail • com (Remove the flower and use a proper dot) for further information or a quotation. Preview demo sessions can be arranged. Questions about LaTeX problems are also welcome.
- Consultation Services
- Training Courses
- List of Clients and Testimonials
- Trainer/Consultant Profile
- Why LaTeX?
- Why Get a Trainer or Consultant?
- Who would be Interested?
- Manuscript preparation of technical documentations and manuals for commercial printing or publication
- LaTeX class and/or style creation for journal, proceedings or organisation
- High-quality certificate design and batch-generation
- Processing and compilation of journal, proceedings or event booklets
- Book design and/or typesetting with LaTeX
The following on-site training courses are available. Please contact me for quotation and course arrangements.
- Introductory Courses
- Introduction to LaTeX for Researchers
- Introduction to LaTeX for the Non-Sciences
- Intermediate Courses
- Document and Book Design with LaTeX
- LaTeX for Linguists
- A Conference Organiser's LaTeX Arsenal
- A Lecturer's LaTeX Arsenal
- Advanced Courses
Training courses on other themes can be tailored according to the clients' requirements.
List of Clients
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Interested? Contact Me!
If you have any needs related to LaTeX design and publishing, drop me a line at liantze @ gLILYmail • com (Remove the flower and use a proper dot) for further info or a quotation. Preview demo sessions can also be arranged.
I received my B.Sc. (Hons) in Computer Science from the University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom in 2001. My first formal training/teaching role was as an IT Trainer at the Warwick University Student Union. After working with University Tenaga Nasional, Selangor, as a tutor/assistant lecturer, I relocated to Penang and received a M.Sc. (Computer Science) from USM in 2004, specialising in machine translation and machine-readable dictionaries. I have completed my thesis in natural language processing for a PhD degree from MMU, Cyberjaya. Currently I am Community TeXpert at Overleaf, as well as writing a weekly Chinese column about LaTeX for LaTeXstudio.net.
My LaTeX-related experiences include:
- First learned LaTeX in 1999; been using it extensively for almost everything since 2005
- Community TeXpert at Overleaf
- Columnist on LaTeX techniques at LaTeXstudio.net
- Active contributor to the Malaysian LaTeX User Group blog
- Creator of several thesis document classes (usmthesis, mmuthesis, umalayathesis, uumthesis, GayaUKM, UnimasThesis, UPNMThesis), UMSThesis) and Caltech-Thesis)
- Created/updated journal class and template files for NUSA and the following journals as Overleaf's TeXpert: OSA journals, PNAS, ASCE, JBC, CUP journals, Wellcome Research, eLife, etc.
- Creator of several Malaysian university-themed Beamer themes (Gelugor – USM, Skudai – UTM, Cyberjaya – MMU)
- Designer and typesetter of a published book/research report
- Batch processed and generated event program booklets and certificates with LaTeX
- Delivered LaTeX-related trainings/talks at USM, USAINS, MMU, MOSC 2011, UniMap, NTU
- Interviewed by ChinaTeX (English translation)
- Prepared several e-books with LaTeX in my leisure
LaTeX is widely used in academic and scientific publishing. It is the submission format of choice (or mandatory) of many journals, including ACM, IEEE, Elsevier, Springer, INFORMS and Oxford. Books prepared with LaTeX have been published by John Wiley & Sons, Academic Press, MIT Press, Addison-Wesley, Prentice Hall, Springer and many others. It is also used at NASA and the US Office of Naval Research.
LaTeX is capable of producing documents of professional typesetting quality. It is especially suited for books and documents with complex structures and mathematical material. There are also packages for creating special material for physics, chemistry, life sciences, computer science, engineering, linguistics, law, social sciences and humanities.
Thanks to the content-style separation principle inherent to LaTeX, an author can concentrate wholly on the content while writing an article. A LaTeX style file would ensure the publisher’s or organisation’s house style guidelines are adhered to consistently and correctly. This would typically include all sectioning headings, page headers and footers, figure and table captions, and (perhaps best of all) citation and bibliography entries.
LaTeX takes plain text as input and produces (amongst other forms) PDF outputs. This makes LaTeX useful in situations requiring batch-generation or compilation of documents from data.
LaTeX is also free (both as in free beer and free speech) software. It is available at no charge for all major platforms, including Windows, GNU/Linux, the Mac and various *nix flavours.
See a brief history of TeX for more background information.
Why Get a Trainer or Consultant?
While free LaTeX-related tutorials and references abound on the Internet, many online resources are now out-of-date, and most go little beyond the most rudimentary ‘Hello World’ examples.
A training workshop, designed and led by an experienced trainer, would ensure a more wholistic learning syllabus. Working with a trainer in a workshop setting, with hands-on sessions, is a very useful opportunity where all learning problems can be addressed on the spot, as soon as they occur.
I also personally believe the impromptu experience-sharing by the trainer, stimulated by the particular questions raised during a workshop, is the best ‘added value’ of training workshops over following online tutorials on one’s own.
On the other hand, if your organisation is interested to go down the LaTeX path for documentation and project purposes, a consultant can help ease the transition and learning process in the early days. The consultant can help design solutions, while helping your organisation getting more proficient with LaTeX itself.
Who would be Interested?
- University lecturers and researchers
- Final year undergraduates
- Book designers and publishers working with technical material
- Company or organisation doucmentation managers
- Software developers looking for tools for document batch-generation
- Anyone interested in coding and creating beautiful documents!