{automation} is about automating certain tasks when creating a (La)TeX document, e.g., with the help of {packages}, custom {macros} or {tools} for {compiling}.

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Inputting files alphabetically

I am creating an anthology of poems and songs, and have a main file where I am using \input to insert separates TeX files which contain the poems. I was wondering if there was a simpler way of ...
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Is LaTeX intended for unattended typesetting?

With markup converters like Pandoc, it is now possible to generate LaTeX documents without ever touching any LaTeX code. However, obtaining aesthetic page breaks for slightly complex documents, ...
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Automatically emphasize \author names in bibliography and citations

This is a follow-up question to Make specific author bold using biblatex. Using biblatex and biber and either XeLaTeX or LuaTeX, would it be possible to extract all names from the \author command, ...
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Create an accessory that executes latex->dvi2ps->ps2pdf in WinEdt

I use WinEdt Build 20131031 (v. 8.1) 64-bit with Windows 7 and MikTeX 2.9. I would like to create an accessory ("latexdvi2ps2pdf") in execution modes for compiling tex documents in the following ...
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Is there a package for automating equation colorization?

I'd like to have the equation colorization process be somewhat semantic, i.e., I can still type equations or math the ordinary way, except they occur in an environment in which the colorization ...
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Automatic calculation of error in pgfplots

When taking in data through a file (such as table[x index=0, y index=1, y error index=2]{plots/mydata.table};) is it possible to automatically calculate the error bars (instead of putting them in ...
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Adding a dictionary definition

Does anyone know of a package that supports dictionary definitions? I was thinking of something like this: Source: Luscombe et al (2001), Yearbook of Medical Informatics. A) the easiest would ...
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Add additional title page if page number is large

I have a document that generates automatically. Sometimes number of its page becomes too large and I want to add additional title page for every part of it which is, for example, 2000 pages long. So, ...
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Intelligent paragraph reflowing in vim?

I'm not sure whether this is an appropriate question for tex.SE. If you think questions like this should not be asked here, please voice you concern. If necessary I'll open a question on meta. For ...
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How to just print the calculation using sagetex

I want a command \simp which takes an algebraic expression E_1 and outputs E_1 = E_2 where E_2 is the simplified form of E_2. To do so I tried to use sagetex like this: \documentclass{article} ...
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Library of reusable equations

I want to do something that sounds simple. I want to create an external file where I will store my equations. Then I would like to be able to these equations and input them in a document without ...
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Auto-fit table column widths based on content

Is there any solution in LaTeX tables that implements similar functionality to MSWord's AutoFit?
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Automated copy and paste?

I have found a program that can convert PDF to LaTeX, and so I have .tex files of various math textbooks. I want to make a list of theorems from the book, and so I have been manually copying and ...
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Put from external file?

I need to write a command that read a line from a text file and expand to the content of this line, the next command read the next line and so on. ... \command{arg} ... \command{arg} ... ...
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Extract document statistics? - How many pages has chapter xy? Count fixmes?

I have a large pdflatex document where each chapter is located in an extra text file and included with \include{chapter3.tex} ... How can I extract the page numbers of each chapter and write them ...
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How to make Latexmk use makeglossaries?

Is there a way to make Latexmk invoke makeglossaries (part of the glossaries package)? Specifically I want to use latexmk to compile a LaTeX document that uses the glossaries package to produce a ...
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Letter with different addressees [duplicate]

I would like to generate several cover letters which except for the title and the address of the recipients are identical. I do not want to change the title and address every time, but rather want to ...
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Automatic command insertion for successive capital letters

I work in a field with heavy use of acronyms. To make my documents visually more appealing, I like to use a moderate downscaling of the capital letters. \documentclass{article} ...
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Is there an OCR that can convert an image of a formula into a TeX markup?

Is there an OCR software that can convert a graphical image (in PNG, GIF, TIFF, PDF... format) of a mathematical formula into the corresponding TeX markup?
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TikZ to PDF from the command line

I am generating TikZ files using figures from MATLAB (using a MATLAB function from the stack exchange). I then open these files using TikzEdt, and generate the PDF file. Is there a way to make it ...
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Hbox overfull: automatic linebreaks on spaces

I have a problem Overfull \hbox (13.62198pt too wide) in paragraph at lines 49--50. I read similar questions and all the solutions introduced a manual intervention directly into the text - e.g. using ...
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How can I automate the workflow for producing multiple versions of a document? [duplicate]

Say you have two versions of the same LaTeX document. For instance, you have one version of your lecture slides for actually delivering a lecture: as you're really not a big fan of the "wall of ...
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Script to automate externalizing TikZ graphics

Is there a script to automate externalizing TikZ graphics? (As suggested by Scott here)
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How to define a complicated hyphenation for Chinese pinyin

I am setting a document with Chinese pinyin. I use \- to separate syllables in pinyin phrases (eg. zhong\-wen). This not only allows for proper hyphenation, but also allows spell check in ...
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Short syntax for including multiple times the same pages in pdfpages

Using the pdfpages package I can do something like this to merge some pages of a document. \includepdf[page={1,1,1,2,2,10,10,10,10},nup=1x2]{mypdf.pdf} In this case 3 times pages 1 and 2 times ...
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Adding text to a different part of the document

I'm writing a LaTeX document at the moment which has problems (which are created in a {theorem} environment) for the reader in it. I'd like to put solutions to those problems in the end of the ...
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What tools are there to make LaTeX more viable at work

I do data mining in R, Python and various object oriented languages. I like using LaTeX to present my results; either to myself (i.e. use them for result interpretation/analysis) or to send to ...
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Cross Platform LaTeX Build System

I am on Windows 7 Professional (64 bit) and would like to be able to execute one command to completely compile a PDF from source .tex files (including all required runs to get the table of contents, ...
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Where is the auto correction in TeXnicCenter

I was looking for the auto correction in TeXniCenter, and found a ticket from 2009 here: http://sourceforge.net/p/texniccenter/user-reports/1066/ Tino Weinkauf said: "It is already in our feature ...
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Incompatibilities with and alternatives to nath

I just discovered the existence of nath to auto-size mathematical expressions. But I also read that it has many incompatibilities and it also doesn't seem to be maintained anymore (last update was ...
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Text collage (word cloud) in LaTeX? [duplicate]

There are some automatic method (package, class, macro) in LaTeX to do a text collage similar to that showed in the image? If not, is would be possible without too much manual work?. The ...
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How would you run the equivalent of a functional test/output test on a piece of LaTeX code?

In most programming languages one has the equivalent of a functional test, that can test code and see if the required output is correct and find edge cases. Is there a way to write similar tests, to ...
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Questions on designing a dynamic database of exercises

Almost all packages to handle exercises allow us to attach/retrieve meta-data to/from each exercise. Some things one might want when handling exercises are: Filter exercises according to their ...
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Create all queries in separate file like \listoffigure

I would like to print all the queries collect from the article and need to print in article opener page. How do achieve this? My MWE: \documentclass{threecolumn} \begin{document} \jnltype{37} ...
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Author firstname, Initials and Lastname values find and store in LaTeX3

I would like to store each authors firstname, initials and lastname values in newcommands. My MWE is: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{xparse} \makeatletter \def\author#1{\gdef\@author{#1} ...
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Floats shortly after they have been \ref-erenced; Warn otherwise

In my thesis I have a many floating figures which I then reference using \ref. I use flafter to ensure that they do not appear before they are defined in the source code (See Force floats to be ...
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TikZ: labeling a small arc

How can I automate labeling a small arc? \documentclass[tikz, convert = false]{standalone} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} \draw (0, 0) arc[radius = .25cm, start angle = 0, end angle = 30]; ...
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How to create commands for automating the commenting process on some zones of a picture

I have a lot of comments to make on different pictures, I can do it with the following command for ex: \begin{tikzpicture} \node[anchor=south west,inner sep=0] (image) at (0,0) ...
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Draw Polygonal Number Using PSTricks (or TikZ)

I would like to draw the following using PSTricks (or TikZ): (Found on http://i1.wp.com/mathandmultimedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/polygonal-numbers.png.) I can do it myself using an ...
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How can I automatically change the font qualities of the first few words of a chapter?

First off, TeX knows about words (since it does different spacing for inter-letter, inter-word, and inter-sentence. There must be a way to tap into this. As for the Q, what I mean is emulating the ...
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Automatic vertical alignment of multirow cells

I have this MWE \documentclass{article} \usepackage{multirow} \usepackage{bigstrut} \setlength{\bigstrutjot}{2pt} % height added by \bigstrut \usepackage{tabu} \tabulinesep=1.5pt % ensures some ...
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Where to put a custom macros file?

I have a bunch of common commands I put in document preambles. I don't always use them all, but it makes the preamble too long for my tastes. I want to put them all in an external file (preferably in ...
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Intelligent way to autoref / label enumerations

I want to automatically label and reference a enumeration of functional requirements. The labeling works, but I can't reference the list items via \ref{REQ1} etc. ...
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Automating Error Detection of pfdlatex

Background: I have numerous individual files that need to be compiled, so am using a script to do that with the following options: set PDFLATEX_OPTIONS = "\ --file-line-error \ ...
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How to draw bigger circular states and multiple transitions in automata?

I want to draw something like this. I have three difficulties: How to draw bigger circular states and dashed circular state? How to draw multiple arrows between states? (Ex. In the state "App ...
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How to draw rectangle edge label in tikz?

I want to draw something like this. How to get that rectangle edge label? This is the MWE. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \usepackage[margin=15mm]{geometry} \usepackage{calc} ...
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How can I do the 'latex bibtex latex latex' compiling using Windows without the command line? [duplicate]

I'm using LaTeX and JabRef on Windows. I set up my bibliography database and cited references in my LaTeX document. However, I do not know how to use the command line on Windows to do the 'latex ...
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How do I Auto-Label Hyperref Fillable Forms \TextField?

Is there any way to put an automatic label into the hyperref package's \TextField parameters field like this: \newcounter{lexemeCounter} ...
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Quick Build commands in WinEdt

I recently switched from TeXMaker to WinEdt. In TeXMaker I was used to customize my 'Quick Build' command in the 'Configure TeXMaker' dialog. In that dialog I was able to choose, for example: ...
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Robust processing of autogenerated LaTeX files that contain many errors

I use knitr to generate pretty reports, with pdflatex as backend. Everything works fine if the R code runs without error. However, if the R code fails, the autogenerated file is sometimes invalid in ...