So, now you've typed a file and you want to see what a
beautiful job you have done. The first thing you must do is
to get a
.dvi version of your
.tex file. \
converts the text and commands in the
.tex file you
produce into special codes in the
.dvi file which
specify exactly where on the page each letter and symbol is
to go. You can then use special programs to view the
.dvi file on the screen.
Let us suppose you have saved the file (
mythesis.tex) and are now
typing commands to the
shell again. (That is, you are back talking to Unix, and
You can create a
.dvi file from your
Now one of two things will happen.
mythesis.logamong others. The former is the interesting one; the others we don't care about here. You are now ready to view or print your paper.
Having encountered some problems, you will want to return to the file to make corrections. Exit the latex process by typing ``x''. Then return to the paper and reedit, save and use the latex command again.
Assuming that you have something which is mistake-free--at least according to --you will now want to see just what sort of beautiful symbols you have generated. You should first view your magnum opus on screen, and only when it looks right, print it out. Explanations follow below.