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Got a few basic questions if so. Thanks x
i've used it LOTS. you're in safe hands
what do you want to know?
It's got a bit of a learning curve, but it's not difficult to use as such.
that's what I'm trying to work out.
Not sure whether the learning curve is worth it for just converting a word doc into a much more attractive LaTeX thesis. However each time I grind through more equations and tables in word the more I'm convinced that I need to sit down with it for a weekend and just get my head around it.
Would you say I'm looking at days or weeks for really being competent at putting my thesis together in it?
i'd say a few days tbh.
if you are pushed for time, it might be more sensible to use a combination what-you-see-is-what-you-get/LaTeX type software like Lyx, which gives you some of the advanced functionality with maybe less of learning curve
probably best to play about with it for an afternoon and seeing if you think it's worthwhile. if the whole thing is already written up, then imo there isn't (much) point... a lot of the ease that you get from it is in the initial writing up (i.e. quickly typesetting equations).
what's your thesis on?
it's on health economics
If you don't have anything too fancy that needs doing, then it'll take maybe a weekend to get up to speed, BUT I definitely agree that you lose a lot of the value if you're copy and pasting across a bunch of stuff from Word (cf. writing it in LaTeX from scratch).
Tables are actually really annoying in LaTeX at first, but it's fine when you get your head round out (top tip: I used loads of useless white space in the tables in the .tex file that wouldn't get parsed, just so it looked a bit more like a table)
But they looked sexy in the end.
bit of a geek thing, but documents look much better and it's completely flexible once you get your head around it.
but yeah, i'd say it takes a day or so to get your head around it, bit of a steep learning curve if you don't code, but after that you think that word is just a bit sh1te
plus, no one can edit your docs unless then know latex