This page can be accessed from www.math.uh.edu/~torok, under
Teaching, as Introduction to Computing Resources.
We will describe the basics of HTML and LaTeX. You can read more about
these in the chapters posted at the address above,
I prefer to use Emacs as a text
editor, because it has special support for these (and many other)
languages. But any text editor is fine, as long as it does not introduce
extra characters in the file.
Here is some basic customization for Emacs.
Here are the main topics. You can find more details about them in the
corresponding section of the course.
A few links
to examples are included below.
- the terminal (a.k.a. shell, console)
- the file system: ls, pwd, cd, mkdir, rm, cp, mv, more,
- running jobs in the background: &, ^-Z, ^-C, jobs, fg, bg
- file permissions: chmod
- aliases: e.g., alias rm 'rm -i', asks for confirmation before
removing a file
- manual pages: man, info
- if there is a major problem
- printing: the department printer is in Room 644, and is called
(it is probably the default printer for most
In a terminal, do:
- "lpq" to see the printer (and the queue),
- "lprm JOB-NUMBER" to remove one of your jobs from the
- The Internet
- use the icon, or
- mozilla, firefox
- e-mail: thunderbird, alpine, webmail, etc.
- from outside
- remote access: ssh
- file transfer: scp
- "important" sites
- Text editor
(multifunctional, worth getting used to)
- mouse or keyboard commands
- shell, other extended commands
- auctex (for LaTeX)
- many others, e.g.
kile for LaTeX
- HTML, CSS
- viewing the source code
- creating a home page:
should be located in the directory ~/.www, ~/public or something
the file that is opened by default is index.html (maybe
Welcome.html works too)
set access permissions: all execute the directory, all read the
CSS (Cascading Style Sheets): the good way to format your web-page
- LaTeX, BibTeX
- other examples
- sample exams
- slides: beamer, etc.
- Math softwares
- Windows stuff