WHAT'S THE MEANING?
"LaTeX" is a document preparation engine that uses text commands to define the way a document is typeset. These texts look a bit like programming language and are unlike those seen in formatted texts used in word processors like MS Word.
DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that LaTeX creator Leslie Lamport didn't expect to make money from it? It was invented due to necessity more than anything. LaTex's saw its beginnings in 1983 when Lamport was working at SRI. He needed to write TeX macros for his own use. Eventually, his finished product became the macro package that we know today. The user's manual for LaTex finally came out in 1986 and sold hundreds of thousands of copies. In its early stages, it was used as a writing tool for people in the academe, mathematicians and computer scientists. Scholars who needed to write documents that included complex math expressions used it.
A lot of people are familiar with using text editors for programming as well as apps to edit text do. However, these tools usually don't comprise what LaTex editors do. LaTeX has been used to produce efficient algorithms to properly format texts. With its system, a document is displayed as a pdf while the text is written separately. The thing is, it will not matter if you have embedded a thousand high-resolution photographs. Today, written texts play an important part of life especially in the digital age and LaTex contributes a lot to it.