This will be focused on the German language, so be aware that most of the formatting settings are German !

Accompanying Document

#### General

• % marks the end of a line.
• Leading spaces are allways ignored.
• Line breaks are done automatically.
• An empty line forces a new paragragh.
• On the editor side, whitespaces are mainly ignored. $\LaTeX$ handles those itself !

#### Document Structure

A $\LaTeX$ document consists of the content you want to provide and some commands. Those commands all start with a "\". In general there are two types of commands. Most of the time you will use something like \commandname[optional parameters]. The parameters can be required in curly brackets as well, then you need to provide the parameters asked for.

#### First Commands

To have the bare essentials to work with, we'll quickly go through the basics:

###### \documentclass{classname}

This command defines the type of the document you're going to use. Common (German!) classes are scrartcl, scrreprt or scrbook - depending on the size of the document you're going to provide.

###### usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}

This command defines the inputtype. This enables e.g. the usage of ä, ö and ü.

###### begin/end{document}

Starts a scope. This is where you'll mainly write your text.

#### A first step

For the first and simplest document, we'll do the following:

\documentclass{scrartcl}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputencr}

\begin{document}
This is my first \LaTeX document!
\end{document}


This "boring" first example shows all of the basics, and reduces the psychological barrier to using $\LaTeX$.
Write along and experiment a little. Then feel free to return to Volume 2 - for some information on alignment options !