# Using the Verbatim Environment

Here's how you do longer pieces of text.
     \documentstyle[12pt]{article}
\begin{document}

In \LaTeX, braces \{\ \}\ limit the scope
of certain commands, as in \verb,{\it text},.
Other commands, such as \verb,\verb, can
use any two identical symbols.

The following are control sequences used
in \LaTeX\ to allow the formatting of certain
reserved symbols.

\begin{verbatim}
\& & - ampersand
\{ { - left brace
\} } - right brace
\ - dollar sign
\% % - percent sign
\# # - number sign
\_ _ - underscore
\end{verbatim}

These symbols are unpredictable, so be careful.
Note that on the output the embedded \LaTeX\ commands
are not executed.

\end{document}


Note the "\" at the end of the \LaTeX\ command. Take that out and see what happens to the spacing.