Sean Allred

Madison, WI, United States

Emacs Prophet; TeX Evangelist.

God bless arara.

I'm a TeX systems enthusiast. I don't just push serious authors to use LaTeX, but I advertise the capability of TeX systems for background-process publishing. I'm currently researching for an article on TeX in Industry.

Recommended resources

  • The TeXBook.
  • LaTeX Wikibook

Recommended TeX editors

  • AUCTeX under Emacs. The best I've used by a wide margin. (If you have issues setting up inline preview, check out some of my questions on the issue.)
  • TeXMaker
  • TeXStudio (autocompletion is a little weird)


  • Why download the complete TeX distribution? It's so big!
  • I'm on Linux. Why install 'vanilla' TeX Live when my package repositories already contain it?

Believe me, unless you really know what you're doing, it's always simpler to just download the full, vanilla TeX Live from TUG. Space is cheap – your time is not. Don't believe me?


Interesting texdoc resources:

  • errorlog

Funny TeX-related tidbits around the internet

  • The condition of Queen Victoria is stable.

License fuddling

It's come to my attention that all content on this site is automatically under Creative Commons -- a license not terribly useful for LaTeX. Thus, I here relicense all my TeX/LaTeX/expl3 code under the LaTeX Project Public License (LPPL), version 1.3c or later. Document-embedded code (i.e. Lua, Python, sh, etc. that is initially processed by TeX) is also licensed under the LPPL v1.3c or later.

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