# Showcase of beautiful typography done in TeX & friends

If you were asked to show examples of beautifully typeset documents in TeX & friends, what would you suggest? Preferably documents available online (I'm aware I could go to a bookstore and find many such documents called 'books'). Extra bonus for documents whose LaTeX source is available.

This is not an idle question. Seeing great examples of any craft is both educational and inspiring, let alone explaining why we prefer TeX to Word or other text editors.

For instance, I like how Philipp Lehman's Font Installation Guide looks. I don't know enough LaTeX to realize how much customization was done, but the ToC looks polished.

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Interestingly, the font installation guide probably doesn’t even have that many customizations, at least by the looks of it. Rather, the polished looks come from a very few choice adjustments. – Konrad Rudolph Aug 8 '10 at 8:53
I really like the microtype manual PDF. Since it's nicely using PDF features like layers and such to create an appealing document. – Johannes Schaub - litb Aug 15 '10 at 14:46
It seems to me that the font installation guide was set-up in a more elaborated way in previous versions. Am I missing something or confused with another document? – pluton Oct 1 '10 at 2:18
I just want to come and vote this up! – Daniel Jul 9 '13 at 20:37
– Martin Thoma Jun 18 '15 at 14:08

A Brief Introduction to Neural Networks is a beautiful one.

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When I just found this thread, I was thinking of that exact same document. I would have added it if you hadn't. It also looks interestingly un-TeX-like I think. – Christian Apr 20 '12 at 23:22
Sure, this is really marvellous. Except that the ToC doesn't fit into the design imho (it's pretty default too). – jmc May 29 '12 at 19:41
...2 inch margins. Does that count as padding? – Nicholas Hamilton Jan 18 '13 at 15:35
Nice document, but not that impressive. I see different figures using different font and font sizes (compare p.22 to p.38) and even font size larger font than that of the main text (p.22, p.63). Figures that overflow under the next column (p.40). Tables with rules that disappear around colored cells (p.41). Pages with 2-word widows (p.49). Paragraphs mixing - with -- where I would have used --- (p.59). – adl Jun 19 '14 at 5:58

It's often said that the 19th century represented a nadir in typography, but I find many documents typeset in this period to be charmingly kitschy. I've recently undertaken a project to reproduce "Persecution of New Ideas", a notorious quacksalver's advertisement from an old 1875 railroad atlas. Here is the LaTeX reproduction, warts and all:

And here is the original:

Though there were some tricky bits, on the whole this wasn't terribly difficult to reproduce. The source code (and the generated PDF) is now available on GitHub: https://github.com/logological/blood

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Only hipsters call a period of typography a nadir :P Very nice!! – percusse Nov 5 '15 at 12:34
Did you insert the line breaks manually? – Aditya Feb 23 at 20:32
@Aditya: Yes, I did. You can examine this yourself by checking the source code I linked to. – Psychonaut Feb 24 at 9:53

I dedicated quite a bit of time to the typesetting of my Master's thesis. Therefore I am more than happy to share it with you.

https://www.politesi.polimi.it/bitstream/10589/92341/1/2014_04_Colombo.pdf

It is open source and available at https://github.com/gcedo/master-thesis/tree/master

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Can you share with us your preamble? I supposed you use memoir class (my favourite). – user56567 Aug 30 '14 at 9:52
Very nice. Could you be so kind to share the thesis (or template) with us? – Yukio Fukuzawa Mar 12 at 22:27

I know two nice repositories (the last one has already been listed here):

1. Dario Taraborelli shows some of the elegant and beautiful features of LaTeX.
2. There is the TeX Showcase, edited by Gerben Wierda, which contains examples of what you can do with LaTeX. Most, if not all, of these examples are of exceptionally high quality.
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Tex Showcase! I saw, and was impressed by that years ago, and wanted to refer to it again some time ago and couldn't find it. +1, thanks. – Charles Stewart Oct 25 '10 at 11:40

Perhaps a little off the track of beautiful document typography per se, but I often turn to the TikZ and PGF examples pages when I'm seeking inspiration or solutions re snazzy and relatively easy to produce vector graphics typography.

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I'm not sure I think there is such a thing as "vector graphics typography", but +1, I do agree that these examples are good: the intergration of PGF into Latex, like the integration of Metapost into Context, does help with the visual organisation of content, and can help typography. – Charles Stewart Aug 10 '10 at 7:24

I would like also to show something, which isn't that sophisticated but I believe it's a nice way to make simple but fancy covers with spine and flaps. I hope you find it usefull. What it's going to follow is some covers I made for my thesis using zwpagelayout package which can fe found here and pgfornaments which can be found here

The preable is the following

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{pgfornament}
\usepackage[english,greek]{babel}
\usepackage[iso-8859-7]{inputenc}
\usepackage{kerkis}
\usepackage[pdftex]{graphicx}
\pagestyle{empty}
\usepackage{xcolor}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usetikzlibrary{decorations.fractals}
\usepackage{multicol}
%^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
\usepackage[papersize={,297mm}, strictheight=false,topmargin=0mm, botmargin, flap=50mm, textwidth=209mm, spine=13mm, cropmarks, cropframe, croptitle=Εξώφυλλο Διπλωματικής]{zwpagelayout}
\usepackage{rotating}
%^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
\begin{document}
%There goes the code!
\end{document}


The following lines contain code for four covers as well as the output of each code. Each code is placed between begin{document} and end{document} in the aforementioned preamble.

First Cover

Code

\hbox to \textwidth{%
\vbox to \textheight{\hsize \CropFlap \centering \textcolor{white}{Front Flap}
}\hss
\vbox to \textheight{\hsize \UserWidth \vfill \leavevmode \textcolor{white}{ISBN+EAN}}\hss
\vbox to \textheight{\hsize \CropSpine \vfill
\begin{sideways}\hspace{-10cm}Αθανάσιος Ν. Σταματόπουλος \hspace{5cm}{\Large Μελέτη     Ανιχνευτή \latintext{MicroMEGAS}}  \end{sideways}\vfill}\hss
\vbox to \textheight{\hsize \UserWidth \vspace{1cm}
\setlength{\unitlength}{1cm}
\begin{picture}(20,27)

\put(0.7,1){\pgfornament[width=1cm]{25}}
\put(1.7,1){\pgfornament[width=1cm]{25}}
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\put(1.7,26){\pgfornament[width=1cm]{25}}
%-----------------------------------------------------------
\put(3.4,23){\includegraphics[width=3.3cm]{ntua-logo}}
\put(7.1,25.4) {{\Large Εθνικό Μετσόβιο Πολυτεχνείο}}
\put(7.1,24.9) {{\Large Σχολή Εφαρμοσμένων Μαθηματικών\&Φυσικών Επιστημών}}
\put(7.1,24.4) {{\Large Τομέας Φυσικής}}
\put(7.1,23.9) {{\Large Εργαστήριο Πειραματικής Φυσικής Υψηλών Ενεργειών}}
\put(6,14){{\huge Μελέτη ανιχνευτή \latintext{MicroMEGAS}}}
\put(7.5,7.5){{\Large Σταματόπουλος Ν. Αθανάσιος}}
\put(9,1.5){{\Large Οκτώβριος 2012}}
\end{picture}}\hss
\vbox to \textheight{\hsize \CropFlap \textcolor{white}{Back Flap}
}}


Output

Second Cover

Code

\hbox to \textwidth{%
\vbox to \textheight{\hsize \CropFlap \centering
\textcolor{white}{Back flap}\vfill}\hss
\vbox to \textheight{\hsize \UserWidth \vfill \leavevmode \textcolor{white}{ISBN+EAN}}\hss
\vbox to \textheight{\hsize \CropSpine \vfill
\begin{sideways}\hspace{-10cm}Αθανάσιος Ν. Σταματόπουλος \hspace{5cm}{\Large Μελέτη     Ανιχνευτή \latintext{MicroMEGAS}}  \end{sideways}\vfill}\hss
\vbox to \textheight{\hsize \UserWidth \vspace{1cm}
\setlength{\unitlength}{1cm}
\begin{picture}(20,27)

\put(0.7,1){\pgfornament[width=1cm]{25}}
\put(1.7,1){\pgfornament[width=1cm]{25}}
\put(0.7,2){\pgfornament[width=1cm]{25}}
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\put(1.7,26){\pgfornament[width=1cm]{25}}
%-----------------------------------------------------------
\put(9.5,23){\includegraphics[width=3.3cm]{ntua-logo}}
\put(8,22) {{\Large Εθνικό Μετσόβιο Πολυτεχνείο}}
\put(5,21.5) {{\Large Σχολή Εφαρμοσμένων Μαθηματικών\&Φυσικών Επιστημών}}
\put(9.5,21) {{\Large Τομέας Φυσικής}}
\put(5.5,20.5) {{\Large Εργαστήριο Πειραματικής Φυσικής Υψηλών Ενεργειών}}
\put(6,14){{\huge Μελέτη ανιχνευτή \latintext{MicroMEGAS}}}
\put(7.5,7.5){{\Large Σταματόπουλος Ν. Αθανάσιος}}
\put(9,1.5){{\Large Οκτώβριος 2012}}
\end{picture}}\hss
\vbox to \textheight{\hsize \CropFlap \centering
\textcolor{white}{Front flap}\vfill}}


Output

Third Cover

Code

\hbox to \textwidth{%
\vbox to \textheight{\hsize \CropFlap
\vspace{20.5cm} \begin{tikzpicture}\draw[color=gray!50,fill=gray!50] (0,0) rectangle     (5,-2);\end{tikzpicture}\vfill}\hss
\vbox to \textheight{\hsize \UserWidth \vspace{20.5cm}     \begin{tikzpicture}\draw[color=gray!50,fill=gray!50] (-2,0) rectangle     (30,-2);\end{tikzpicture}}\hss
\vbox to \textheight{\hsize \CropSpine \vfill
\begin{sideways}\hspace{-10cm}Αθανάσιος Ν. Σταματόπουλος  \hspace{5cm}{\Large Μελέτη     Ανιχνευτή \latintext{MicroMEGAS}}  \end{sideways}\vfill}\hss
\vbox to \textheight{\hsize \UserWidth \vspace{1cm} \line(1,0){40}{} \Large Σταματόπουλος     Ν. Αθανάσιος \line(1,0){320}\\ \setlength{\unitlength}{1cm}\begin{picture}(27,17)
\put(1,7){\includegraphics[width=3.5cm]{ntua-logo}}
\put (5.5,9.5){\Large Εθνικό Μετσόβιο Πολυτεχνείο}
\put (5.5,9){\Large Σχολή Εφαρμοσμένων Μαθηματικών\&Φυσικών Επιστημών}
\put (5.5,8.5) {\Large Τομέας Φυσικής}
\put (5.5,8) {\Large Εργαστήριο Πειραματικής Φυσικής Υψηλών Ενεργειών}
\put (1,1) {\huge Μελέτη ανιχνευτή \latintext{MicroMEGAS}}\end{picture}
\begin{tikzpicture}
\draw[color=white,opacity=1] (0,2) -- (10,2);
\draw[color=gray!50,fill=gray!50] (0,0) rectangle (25,-2);
\node at (3,-6) {\large Οκτώβριος 2012};
\end{tikzpicture}
}\hss
\vbox to \textheight{\hsize \CropFlap \vspace{20.5cm}     \begin{tikzpicture}\draw[color=gray!50,fill=gray!50] (0,0) rectangle     (4.5,-2);\end{tikzpicture}\vfill}}


Output

Fourth Cover

Code

 \hbox to \textwidth{%
\vbox to \textheight{\hsize \CropFlap
\vspace{20.5cm} \begin{tikzpicture}\draw[color=red,fill=red] (0,0) rectangle     (5,-2);\end{tikzpicture}\vfill}\hss
\vbox to \textheight{\hsize \UserWidth \vspace{20.5cm}     \begin{tikzpicture}\draw[color=red,fill=red] (-2,0) rectangle     (30,-2);\end{tikzpicture}}\hss
\vbox to \textheight{\hsize \CropSpine \vfill
\begin{sideways}\hspace{-10cm}\textcolor{blue}{Αθανάσιος Ν. Σταματόπουλος}  \hspace{5cm}    {\Large \textcolor{blue}{Μελέτη Ανιχνευτή \latintext{MicroMEGAS}}}      \end{sideways}\vfill}\hss
\vbox to \textheight{\hsize \UserWidth \vspace{1cm} \begin{tikzpicture}\draw[red,very     thick] (0,0) --(3,0); \node at (6.3,0) {\Large Σταματόπουλος Ν. Αθανάσιος}; \draw[red,very     thick] (9.6,0) -- (20,0); \end{tikzpicture}\\ \setlength{\unitlength}{1cm}\begin{picture}    (27,17)
\put(1,7){\includegraphics[width=3.5cm]{ntua-logo}}
\put (5.5,9.5){\Large Εθνικό Μετσόβιο Πολυτεχνείο}
\put (5.5,9){\Large Σχολή Εφαρμοσμένων Μαθηματικών\&Φυσικών Επιστημών}
\put (5.5,8.5) {\Large Τομέας Φυσικής}
\put (5.5,8) {\Large Εργαστήριο Πειραματικής Φυσικής Υψηλών Ενεργειών}
\put (1,1) {\huge Μελέτη ανιχνευτή \latintext{MicroMEGAS}}\end{picture}
\begin{tikzpicture}
\draw[color=white,opacity=1] (0,2) -- (10,2);
\draw[color=red,fill=red] (0,0.2) rectangle (25,-1.8);
\node at (3,-6) {\large Οκτώβριος 2012};
\end{tikzpicture}
}\hss
\vbox to \textheight{\hsize \CropFlap \vspace{20.5cm}     \begin{tikzpicture}\draw[color=red,fill=red] (0,0) rectangle     (4.5,-2);\end{tikzpicture}\vfill}}


Output

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you should read about the \foreach command, it enables you to use for loops in an easy way (even outside a tikzpicture environment). See section 44 of the pgfmanual. – lvaneesbeeck Jan 28 '13 at 23:28

One of the most interesting books typeset with TeX that I know, is "Trees, Maps, and Theorems" by Jean-Luc Doumont. It offers beautiful typography down to details such that each paragraph is typeset as a perfect rectangle (which means a lot of textual rewriting, so whether this is a good idea I leave open).

I agree with this answer from Frank Mittelbach that this format is nice, but I was exhausted just thinking about the hard work to obtain only this "detail". Write carefully a book and then rewrite it just to fit in rectangular paragraphs? What a nightmare!

But LaTeX can make automatically rectangular paragrahs with no/minimal rewriting. With two columns, a simple \parfillskip=0pt and some reasonable tuning of microtype options make wonders. The trick is so simple that struck me not to have seen this solution anywhere. However, it was already explained in the egreg's long time ago in Is there a tool that makes paragraphs into rectangles?).

The solution is not always perfect, specially in one column. The badness concentrated in the last line of some paragraphs could be nicely scattered in the whole paragraph using \emergencystretch in many cases (explained also in the egreg's answer), but sometimes the best solution is still add or remove some words.

Nevertheless, even without \emergencystretch one can write the whole Lore Ipsum in two columns with \lipsum[1-150] (22 pages) and obtain 150 paragraphs nicely formatted. So, you can also impress to your readers without working hard:

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If I remember correctly, Trees, Maps, and Theorems does not use any hyphenation either. – Aditya Jun 18 '14 at 22:34
@Aditya, Yes. Preventing the hyphenation, for example with \usepackage[none]{hyphenat}, certainly add much more badness but still the automatic format with this trick is decent for many paragraphs, al least for a document as the showed above. – Fran Jun 18 '14 at 23:10
While impressive, I have to say that I'm not sure I entirely approve ;). What happens to allowing the author to concentrate on the content? Isn't the whole point that the content should not be deformed for the sake of formatting?! [Why do I think that I've said this to somebody before? If it is you, I do apologise.] – cfr Jan 3 '15 at 3:11
@cfr I agree totally with you if the style is obtained "with a lot of textual rewritting", but the main point of the answer is that the author still can focus mainly on content with this simple trick. If the result worth is a separate issue, that IMHO depend of the type of document. Attract the reader's attention about the style could be a key objective or totally counterproductive. – Fran Jan 3 '15 at 4:38
@Fran I really meant the original. – cfr Jan 3 '15 at 13:49

Here are some screenshots of the pdf output of my Persian class, neveshtuft (in Persian: نوشتافت): a class based on the biditufte-book class. A sample pdf can be downloaded here. Unfortunately I can't make the source free to download, so it can only be purchased here.

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Admittedly, you asked for LaTeX, not TeX, but the TeXbook is quite nice. Its source is freely available (but you are not allowed to compile it).

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The articles from the online journal 'Semantics & Pragmatics' seem to come out very well.

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Nice example of Lucida fonts. – Lev Bishop Aug 15 '10 at 3:18

There are two templates for theses at CTU (Czech Technical University in Prague) and CU (Charles University in Prague). These templates provide remarkable design which differs from standard theses created by LaTeX. The first mentioned template is called CTUStyle and the second is CUStyle. The title page of a bachelor's thesis created by CUStyle is shown here:

Charles University is an ancient school so there is its logo created as Kings seal on the ribbon.

There are full examples of student's work. First two are from CTU (in English) and the third is from CU. 480.pdf (or 480.pdf), 339.pdf (or 339.pdf), mirek-bakalarka. The third one is available including source code.

Both templates are based on OPmac. Notice that students are able to use pure plainTeX + OPmac (no LaTeX were used).

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If I may be so bold to also plug my own project, here are some documents created with my TeX macro package "DocScape" (Warning: sometimes large downloads!)

budget plan of german federal state

Lighting Product Catalogue

Tools Product Catalogue

Touristic Catalogue

Games Catalogue

While these may not all be highest quality by the typographic standards usually applied to TeX documents (after all, all of them are generated from data bases), they might be stretching a bit the imagination what one would consider to be the typical TeX document :-)

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So how many light years does it take to compile that Erco catalogue? :) – percusse Mar 30 '12 at 22:16
LOL In fact they moved more or less entirely to LED technology by now, so their light has to be measured in decades rather than years (you won't believe how much product knowledge one picks up working on such a project ;-) – Stephan Lehmke Mar 30 '12 at 22:19
I really like the Asia catalogue! Is it completely automatically generated? Wow! – Jake Mar 30 '12 at 22:51
@jake Well there may be a couple of pages (intro & such) which are not based on database content which have been made by hand and included. But the country and region intros (with the maps) are generated. – Stephan Lehmke Mar 30 '12 at 23:09
@StephanLehmke: Very impressive! The maps aren't generated automatically within the document generation tool, though? – Jake Mar 30 '12 at 23:14

Since there are very few "and friends" entries, let me point out to my PhD thesis Sequential decomposition of sequential dynamic teams: applications to real-time communication and networked control systems. It is, by no means, unique or beautifully typeset; but if one takes into consideration that I had to follows all the horrible typographic guidelines laid out by the university (margins, fonts, headings, interline spacing, and what not), I think that the result is rather pleasant.

The thesis is typeset using ConTeXt + LuaTeX (0.43). I think that it might be the first thesis typeset using LuaTeX. This was before ConTeXt was split into MkII and MkIV, and before LuaTeX had Opentype math font support.

I do use a rather unconventional style for typesetting multi-line equations with subscripts (see, for example, pages 27-29). Most of this was done manually (wrapped behind macros, of course). I also had to do some manual tweaking to get the bibliography just as I wanted it.

The ConTeXt source is available, although so much has changed in LuaTeX and ConTeXt MkIV in the last three years, that I doubt it will compile without some tweaks to the environment files.

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I'm not sure this is exactly 'beautiful typography'. It is a TiKZ picture. However, somebody urged me to publish it a while ago and this is the first place I've seen where it might almost belong.

It originally began as a result of seeing Claudio Fiandrino's answer but Claudio is in no way responsible for my subsequent mangling!

I modified some code from http://tex.stackexchange.com/a/29154 and http://tex.stackexchange.com/a/41628, but the timeline is also based on ideas and techniques which I learnt from other questions and answers here. I am sorry that I cannot acknowledge everybody from whom I have learnt. If I have failed to acknowledge you, do let me know!

It isn't possible to post a very large image here without its being converted to JPG. However, PDF is available here and can be zoomed to inspect the details.

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Cool! In my opinion it is begging for a condensed sans-serif font, something like PTSansNarrow. – percusse Dec 3 '14 at 3:39
@percusse I agree but it would throw everything out of place. That is, by the time I realised that, it was essentially too late. I'm not sure I have PTSansNarrow but I would have chosen something more appropriate if I'd realised how involved it was going to become! [It has to fit on A4, and the spacing is a little precise...] I was only really messing around to begin with... – cfr Dec 3 '14 at 3:42
Well should you accumulate enough courage, it's on CTAN :) – percusse Dec 3 '14 at 3:45
@percusse Thanks & I guess I do have it in that case ;). – cfr Dec 3 '14 at 3:48
@cfr: A package might provide the basic macros to draw blocks and connections in relation to the timeline. The scope is to allow any other user to potentially replicate the chart. – Claudio Fiandrino Dec 4 '14 at 7:23

The Latex Font Catalogue is a wonderful resource. For some reason it is missing the Zapfino font (as it is nonfree), which was packaged by Walter Schmidt.

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Zapfino is a commercial font: quite an expensive one at that. The package just provides support for the font assuming you have the font files. It doesn’t contain the font files. – frabjous Aug 8 '10 at 14:24

The last document I opened that made me say "wow" was the elsarticle document class documentation.

The layout is highly nonstandard, and it wouldn't be suitable for most purposes, but it sure displays beautifully.

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It's a matter of taste. River valley obviously wants to show off their latex skills and make something that looks completely unlike people's preconceptions of a latex-produced document. Which is fine. But I personally find this a very over-the-top format, distracting and not at all easy to read, so it fails my definition for 'beautiful typography', which to my mind should mostly get out of the way and let you read the document. – Lev Bishop Aug 11 '10 at 2:35
I agree with Lev. It is more like a poster. – Leo Liu Aug 11 '10 at 6:58
While I agree with @Lev and @Leo that there are a lot of distracting elements (it’s (intentionally) more like a website than a print document), the main text body still has a very appealing format in my opinion. Also, I like everything that challenges preconceptions. – Konrad Rudolph Aug 17 '10 at 12:17

I think Lorenzo Pantieri's books and articles very nice. He uses his package ArsClassica and are written in italian.

At aprende matematicas (learn mathematics) you will find some mathematical books also written with LaTeX.

And at the Malaysian LaTeX User Group Blog there is a tutorial explaining how to design a not so boring book.

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The second link ends with an error. – xport May 30 '11 at 18:24
@xport: It works for me. The link to the pdf is aprendematematicas.org.mx/obras/L15.pdf but you can also try through scribd at scribd.com/doc/17909256/LaTeX2e-en-15-Sesiones – Ignasi May 31 '11 at 7:00
the book layout is very good. :) – xport May 31 '11 at 7:11
does the english vesion exist for that book? – xport May 31 '11 at 7:13
@xport, I don't know it. I don't think so, but you can ask to the author, it's email address is shown at the bottom of the web page. – Ignasi May 31 '11 at 10:10

not really as beautiful, but more careful.

To be publsihed at Holborn Project soon!

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I made an abstract book for a conference on this webpage, using LuaLaTeX and TikZ, and automating the process from a database: Abstract Book

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Could you please share a copy of the template to me? (mauramz /AT/ gmail.com) – Mauramz Nov 19 '15 at 23:46
Sorry, I will try to organise the files and send it to you when I have some free time – David Winchester Dec 2 '15 at 16:01
Nice work, I'm curious about how you're accessing the database and the whole automation. Have you considered sharing a GitHub repository, please? – Harold Cavendish Apr 10 at 18:43
The access to the database is a long process, so it requires time to tidy up the files, maybe I will do that in the future. I created a repository with the LaTex style and how to generate the abstract book here github.com/davidcortesortuno/conference_style . Regards. – David Winchester Apr 13 at 22:53

Here's another shameless plug for one's own thesis: Narrowband CARS spectroscopy in the molecular fingerprint region

Here's some of the typographically relevant code I used, plus the code for the abstract page: http://pastebin.com/JWFjbZ1q

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I just picked these three from our archives.

• Matthew Mac Namara, La Textualisation de Madame Bovary, Rodopi, New York, 2004, 9042009845

• [Carlo Collodi], Éachtra Phinocchio, tr. Pádraig Ó Buachalla, ed Seán Ó Suilleabháin ⁊ Dáibhí Ó Cróinín, Random House / Coiste Litriochta Mhuscrai, 2nd ed, 2003, 0954455401

• Seán Connolly, Bede: On The Temple, Liverpool University Press, 1995, B001DP4V3S

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Any chance Pinocchio's adventures could be typeset using the 'eiad' characters ( irish alphabet to the uninitiated)... – Leeser Jan 23 '15 at 19:16
I don't see why not, but Yannis' decorative initial would probably be better replaced with a different one. The problem with that edition was that we were constrained to keep the same illustrations on the same pages in the same place as all the other language editions, which meant a lot of fiddling with point sizes of text to make it fall in the right places. I'd have to do the same with the eiad font. I'll have a look. edit I would of course have to check with the editor about copyright before I could actually distribute it. – Peter Flynn Jan 28 '15 at 23:06

A good comparison of MS Word vs. LaTex was done by Matthias Mühlich who wrote twice the same text (without any formula or table or anything one expects LaTex to shine) in both formats and converted them to pdf.

Just print out 1 and 2, and decide for yourself.

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I love this explicit juxtaposition of the results. It speaks for itself! – Count Zero Sep 14 '11 at 20:54
Indeed, with a good use of interline spacing, I think that World could do in this case a good job too. – projetmbc Jun 15 '14 at 10:11
@projetmbc Could do, yes. But isn't part of the point what the default looks like? I'm guessing that the LaTeX version is not far from default - presumably babel or something must be loaded with German hyphenation, and it is using type1 fonts rather than the defaults, but I doubt there is much by way of tweaking line spacing going on. And it is not just the line spacing - it is also the line breaks and lack of hyphenation in the Word version. But I would for sure be interested to see what this looks like with Word's current defaults. (At least the font would differ.) – cfr Jan 3 '15 at 3:18

I'd like to add our main project report, which was created the last semester at a 2-year technical college.

Main Report as pdf (dropbox link)

Stripped-down example/template (needs XeLaTex)

(Note: This template bears some marks from being taken from a paper written under a constant time-pressure with multiple revisions, and was never meant to be shown off in public)

Here are some outtakes:

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Excellent layout, would you please share some template or code? I really love it! email mauramz/AT/gmail.com Thanks! – Mauramz May 20 at 23:41

This is only somewhat related, but Springer lets you search their journals for strings of latex. This can help you understand how to format certain commands (and decide whether it is done well or not): http://www.latexsearch.com/

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1 - I would not say that it is very nice but probably interesting in terms of coding Light and matter

2 - This one is very nice but with no sources motionmountain

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+1 for the second link. – xport May 30 '11 at 18:35
Ad.2: an attempt to reproduce the way the table of contents is built in the Motion Mountain books can be found in this thread. Despite the presented source code is based on 'article' class, it compiles to something very similar in looks and functionality, including clickable hyperlinks and justified paragraphs. You will also enjoy the fact that unlike the original, the linked solution actually recognizes three levels of section depths. – bartek Nov 17 '14 at 16:38

Shameless plug for my own thesis Learning from Samples Using Coherent Lower Previsions, done with memoir, biblatex, a host of smaller packages, and custom hacking too horrible to share (Its the layout example that counts).

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Speaking of plugs, here's my own too, typesetted in XeTeX. – Hugo S Ferreira Oct 1 '11 at 10:55
I really like what you did with it, specially the arrow cues to look at recto/verso pages. Care to share how you did it? Or even better, the source code (I'm sure I've done worse things :) – Alberto Miranda Jul 31 '13 at 20:58
@equaeghe cool, thanks a bunch! – Alberto Miranda Aug 2 '13 at 10:31
I also like what you did! How did you flow the text around figures when they are too wide to be fully put in the margin, like on page 46 or 90? How did you position those images? – Marcel Korpel Dec 16 '14 at 23:53

Some of you may be interested in Cours d’analyse although it is far from being as fancy as some of documents already mentioned. It is a bit too dense and comments are welcome. The final code is probably very nasty. Anyway.

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+1 for CC licensed. I also love the use of orange hues in the document. Really great. – Konrad Rudolph Sep 23 '10 at 7:58

The handbook for the memoir class showcases quite a few different layouts, some of which I would call quite beautiful.

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I think this list shoul definitely include The Not So Short Introduction to LaTeX 2e. It is the book with which I started to learn LaTeX. It has no bells and whistles, but a very clean and pleasant layout, which is the philosophy of LaTeX. If I wanted to show off fonts and fancy pictures I would probably rather go for a document created in Adobe InDesign.

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If you were asked to show examples of beautifully typeset documents in LaTeX, what would you suggest?

This is my rendering of a long-ago torture test of technical text (say that three times fast!).

I think the technical material came out fine-looking, certainly up to anyone's professional standards, but the biggest point for me is that getting LaTeX to do it was straightforward.

Personally, when I was first shown some of the wonderful things that TeX could put out I was amazed at what other people could do. But when I saw the original version of this document in the AMS Notices then I was delighted at what I could do. :-)

Preferably documents available online ... Extra bonus for documents whose LaTeX source is available.

Yes, in the same directory.

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The link does not work. – xport May 30 '11 at 18:29
Dunno. Works for me now. – Jim Hefferon Mar 1 '12 at 1:01
@JimHefferon: The link is still broken. – Werner Feb 27 '14 at 16:57
The following link seems to have the document, plus a zip of the source. I'm on an iPad so couldn't check the source. joshua.smcvt.edu/bcs – Mike Taylor Jul 22 '14 at 1:35