## LaTeX forum ⇒ General ⇒ What to Do First? Learn Structure or Content? Topic is solved

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LaTexLearner
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### What to Do First? Learn Structure or Content?

Which would you suggest I do for a long project?
• Type out all the code/content first, then go back through it and structure it.
• Learn to manage the complexity of the project first, then type the content within that.

I found this link that gives an introductory explanation on how to manage multiple files, preambles, etc. How much more complex does it get than that?

For those who don't know, I am developing materials on fractions for students, using LaTeX. Right now, my "content" is mostly in draft form in hand-written paper notes or a ton of MS Word documents, and a little bit of it is just in my head, etc.

The book(s) will be quite long. Here is an outline. For those who have never worked with math-hating students who also deal with serious socioeconomic/health challenges, it may be hard to believe this, but they need, say, part (1a) to be broken into such small steps that it will probably be about 35 pages. (If you like I can send you the MS Word/PDF file that shows the breakdown.)

1. \documentclass{article}
2.
3. \begin{document}
4.
5. \begin{enumerate}
6. \item Fractions are Numbers
7. \begin{enumerate}
8. \item Point on a Number Line
9. \item Length on a Number Line
10. \item From Number Lines to Areas
11. \item Discrete Sets
12. \item Multiple Representations
13. \end{enumerate}
14. \item Estimation, Comparison, and Equivalence
15. \begin{enumerate}
16. \item Estimating Magnitude
17. \item Comparing 1: Mental pictures, comparing numerator and denominators, and benchmarks.
18. \item Equivalent Fractions 1: Mixed and Improper
19. \item Equivalent Fractions 2: Factors of Numerator and Denominator
20. \item Comparing 2: Comparing with Equivalent Fractions
21. \item Comparing 3: Choosing an Efficient Method to Compare Numbers
22. \item Intervals Without a Diagram
23. \end{enumerate}
24. \item Fractional Arithmetic
25. \begin{enumerate}
26. \item Representations: Whole Numbers to Fractions
27. \item Estimating and Sketching
28. \item Conceptual Questions
29. \item Calculating Efficiently and Exactly
30. \item Applications
31. \end{enumerate}
32.
33. \end{enumerate}
34.
35. \end{document}

So, what would you say I do first: Learn how to structure it all or just get started on content?
Last edited by LaTexLearner on Thu Sep 17, 2015 12:24 am, edited 1 time in total.

Stefan Kottwitz
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You got a big project. A challenging task like this gets easier, if it's divided into manageable parts. So, I would organize a structure first. But do like it it works for you - if structuring would be a bit hard, postpone it, and get content things done.

Rough structure, working on content, refine structure, refine content, ... it grows.

Stefan

LaTexLearner
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Stefan_K wrote:... if structuring would be a bit hard, postpone it, and get content things done...

Heh, I don't know how hard it is to learn to structure documents. How much more is there than this?

One thing I've found is much of what I thought would be terribly hard has proven to be not so hard (e.g. basic TikZ diagrams) and other parts that I thought would be trivially easy have proven incredibly hard (e.g. changing fonts throughout a document).

How hard is it to learn to structure the kinds of document I'm making?

Stefan Kottwitz
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It is easy, don't worry.

Another classic post: Structuring Large Documents. It's similar. Not much to learn. Like 2 or 3 basic commands.

When there's a challenge, just let us know.

Stefan

LaTexLearner
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Stefan_K wrote:It is easy, don't worry.

Another classic post: Structuring Large Documents. It's similar. Not much to learn. Like 2 or 3 basic commands.

When there's a challenge, just let us know.

Stefan

Ok, I'm going to give learning structuring a shot now. Thanks!