Saturday, January 7, 2017

Euclid, Mathematics, LaTeX, and Overleaf: a brief asside

A little before Christmas in 2016, I decided that I was going to transcribe a version of Euclid's Elements to an epub for reasons that seemed reasonable to me at the time.  Ever done anything like that yourself?  Nah, not you! :-)  Anyway, before I started I did a mental requirements document and went through a pareto-optimization of the given options and ended up settlilng on LaTeX using Overleaf as my editor of choice.  LaTeX allows me to typeset my equations and by adding in a Tikz package I am able to generate graphs and drawings.  Overleaf allows me to work from any machine (it is an online editor) and its automatic preview lets me monitor the process.  If anyone is interested, I can do some light LaTeX syntax posts once I get beyond the spaghetti code phase.  For now, here is a partial screenshot showing the LaTeX on the left and the typeset preview on the right:
Split screen from Overleaf showing LaTeX on the left and the typeset product on the right
Thanks for reading!

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