LaTeX Formatting Worksheets


These self-study worksheets, for use in a web browser, are part of the LaTeX formatting documentation and training materials created for producers of public-domain mathematical ebooks (such as at Distributed Proofreaders, a.k.a. DP). You may work with them online or download them to your own computer for offline use.

Each worksheet presents you with the scan of a page from a math book and proofread text, similar to output from the DP proofing rounds, just as if you were working in the F1 round at DP. At any time while working you may view:

Any changes you make to your current work will be saved until you visit another worksheet or close your browser. You may look at the answer or “check your work” incrementally as many times as you like, so long as you do not open a new worksheet in the same browser tab.

Three navigation links are visible near the upper left-hand corner of each worksheet. The navigation links are black triangles in rectangular frames. Each link takes you to a new page, and erases any changes you have made to the proofread text.

Two action buttons are visible near the upper right-hand corner of each worksheet. Recall that each worksheet has three possible “views”: your current work, the correctly formatted text (answer key), and the diff between your current work and the answer (the corrections). In each view, the two buttons will take you to the other two views. These buttons change their functions according to what you are currently viewing, but if you are viewing your current work, clicking either button twice returns you to your current work.

Not all diffs are errors. Do watch for missed markup including “essential” ties, and for proper, semantic coding of theorems, definitions, exercises, chapters, and other sectional units. (Ties such as pg.~42 and Vol.~V are essential, while page~42, Volume~V, or $a$~and~$b$ are not. The answer keys contain only essential ties.)

Don't worry about differences in the source code layout of displayed mathematics that don't affect the typographical output. (The volunteer who created the answer keys generally coded in order to make the result easy to read mathematically.)

Small text (the Remark environment) and italicized passages (the Thm environment) should be noted and coded semantically. Use an ordinary itemize environment and \item commands for numbered exercises. Supply the exercise number as an optional argument, e.g., \item[42.]; do not rely on LaTeX's auto-numbering.

Use an array environment and explicit braces to handle matrices; this gives the post-processor more flexibility to align the matrix extries than LaTeX's matrix environments.


Worksheet 01: Dickson 001 Worksheet 02: Dickson 005 Worksheet 03: Dickson 011 Worksheet 04: Dickson 016
Worksheet 05: Dickson 032 Worksheet 06: Dickson 033 Worksheet 07: Dickson 034 Worksheet 08: Dickson 038
Worksheet 09: Dickson 041 Worksheet 10: Dickson 042 Worksheet 11: Dickson 058 Worksheet 12: Dickson 059
Worksheet 13: Dickson 068 Worksheet 14: Dickson 073 Worksheet 15: Dickson 076 Worksheet 16: Dickson 080
Worksheet 17: Dickson 086 Worksheet 18: Dickson 101 Worksheet 19: Dickson 102 Worksheet 20: Dickson 109
Worksheet 21: Dickson 110 Worksheet 22: Dickson 141

Preamble Interface

Latin-1 characters in the text, including accented letters and the symbols , , , , , and , should be retained; do not code these using LaTeX macros.

Where possible, pages should be coded using the preamble interface below. (Note: This code merely describes the macro call syntax; it is not working preamble code.)

\Chapter{}{} % e.g. \Chapter{I.}{Introduction.}
\Section{}   %      \Section{Preliminary Theorems.}
\Subsection{}%      \Subsection{Notes.}
\Par{}       %      \Par{1. Rational numbers.} (Boldface, run-in heading)

% Semantic units with (possibly numbered) run-in headings
% Similarly for Corollary, Definition, Lemma

\Proof % Start of proof

% Semantic units signified by a change of typeface
\begin{Thm} ... \end{Thm} % Italicized assertion (possibly mid-paragraph)
\begin{Remark} ... \end{Remark} % Smaller text of a remark

\begin{Exercises} ... \end{Exercises} % Numbered lists of exercises

\First{} % Small-capped first word of chapter
\Ie, \Eg, \ie, \eg % Latin abbreviations

\dd % Partial derivative symbol
\Tag{(42')} % Equation number
\Eq{(96)}   % Reference to equation number

\DPnote{** note}

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