A "best practice" is a technique or approach that TeXnicians recognize as giving better results than other approaches.

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How to put information about the tool used to generate the document into the LaTeX file?

I am writing a tool which will (as one of its features) generate LaTeX documents from some input format. I would like to put an unobtrusive piece of information about the tool in the generated file ...
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Indexing the result of a lengthy matrix computation

this question relates to a problem about style or maybe convention. I have a matrix $M$ which is the result of a lengthy matrix computation (in my case: a long chain of matrix additions and ...
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Tex File naming convention [duplicate]

Is it possible to number tex files? I'm avoiding it now but, I would like to order a list of files (chapters in a book) so that each chapter is easy to find. Will this cause a problem? I have in mind: ...
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Acronyms - Best practice to use during the text and create acronym page

I'm starting writing my PhD thesis in LaTeX however since I'm still at the beginning of the PhD I'm writing some pieces at the introduction, other at methods, sometimes the other way around. When I ...
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How to implement common layouts instead of misusing tabular environments?

Note: My hope is that this can become a general resource for "use a list instead" comments. If you have suggestions for improvement, please let me know. I often see comments such as This ...
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Best Practice (Packages) for a Standard Technical Article With Math and Figures

I am interested in your opinion regarding the recommend packages for a standard technical document (Engineering, Physics). I normally use the following header: \documentclass{article} % Basic ...
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Define \keys_filter:nnnN without modifying core functions

I would like to define a function \keys_filter:nnnN which would do the very same thing as \keys_set_filter:nnnN but without the setting. I realized that the setting is realized by a core function ...
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what are pitfalls when using doi as bibtexkey?

A very common scheme for bibtexkeys is FirstauthornameYYYY like Bohr1922. This scheme is not well suited for collaborating in teams because of collisions (Bohr1922a vs. Bohr1922b if there were many ...
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How to put some "\usepackage''s into one package? [duplicate]

Since I learnt to use LaTeX 1 month ago, I have never used other software. But every time I begin to write a latex file, I will have to type: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{geometry} ...
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Color functional groups in chemfig syntax

I want to color simple functional groups in organic molecules using the chemfig package. I've come up with a solution that achieves what I want (MWE), but I find it very cumbersome. I thought it could ...
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What is the best way to encode diacritical marks with the default input encoding?

Suppose, I want to write a word with diacritical marks, say fïbęj, and I cannot use Unicode or similar but instead I have to keep maximum compatibility for all sorts of situations. If I am not very ...
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Best attitude regarding \newtheorem? [closed]

In amsthdoc, the documentation of amsthm, it is written: It is natural to handle [lemmas, propositions, axioms, corollaries, conjectures, definitions, remarks, and so forth] as LATEX environments, ...
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Assertions in Latex

I am writing a long latex document and use many macros for defining mathematical symbols. I would like to ensure that there is no clash in the notation. For example, something like ...
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How to organize large documents in small nested folders

Preamble I am writing a large document and I would like to keep it well structured not only in terms of source code (I am aware of commands like \input and include, as well as the standalone ...
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Usage of mathbb versus mathds

Blissfully unaware of mathds for years I have used $\mathbb{Z},\mathbb{Q}$ and so on. No one has complained but is there a best practice on choosing between mathbb and mathds for these? There has ...
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Command containing babel shorthand not expanding [duplicate]

Greetings to the distinguished gathering of TeXperts! My problem is: if a macro is defined with a babel shorthand containing the quote mark (") as an active character, it does not expand when ...
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Pretty Printing is not pretty at PythonTeX ?

I try make LaTeX document with PythonTeX and this my MWE : \documentclass{article} \usepackage{pythontex} \begin{document} \section{Perhitungan Pangkat} \paragraph{} SymPy dapat melakukan ...
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Is \aa or å preferred?

This question is about all the non-ascii characters, å is only as an example. I know you can type the character å two ways: \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} ... Some text with a speciål character. or ...
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Update l2tabu and translation?

The document l2tabu gives overview about the sins in latex: obsolete commands, packages, bad style. However this document in it's most recent (german) Version is from 2011, the last translated ...
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Subscript equivalent of ' for \prime?

I am working through the TeXbook and I came across the section (pg. 130) where ' and \prime are discussed. Knuth mentions that TeX treats \prime as a large symbol that appears only in superscripts ...
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Should I load eTeX and/or fixltx2e by default

So, inspired by Fixing LaTeX2e I've been wondering: Should I be loading fixltx2e and/or eTeX by default? Typically I start my documents as %Page layout here \documentclass[letterpaper, ...
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Loading order in .sty file [closed]

With help from egreg, I have the following collection of packages and macros in the file standardopsaetning.sty: \NeedsTeXFormat{LaTeX2e}[2014/05/01] \ProvidesPackage{standardopsaetning}[2015/01/04 ...
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Future of the commands used by pdfTeX, pdfLaTeX and related engines making use of the pdf-extension

I'm currently in the process of building a class file with preferrably a best practice setup of the macros. My current paradigm is to write all macros in (plain) TeX, since I find it contradictory to ...
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Most useful/important (La)TeX commands/environments

A friend of mine asked me why I use LaTeX instead of Word/OpenOffice etc. (no, this is not going to be a question like 'Word vs. LaTeX') I showed him some of the showcases here on TeX.SX, some of my ...
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Questions From a LaTeX Beginner [duplicate]

I am an undergraduate studying mathematics. I am currently in the process of writing my first paper for submission to an academic journal. While learning about the process of submitting a paper it ...
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How to break a product of three polynomials

I have $$(1+x+x^2+x^3+x^4+x^5+x^6)(1+x^2+x^4+x^6+x^8+x^{10})(1+x^5+x^{10}+x^{15}+x^{20})$$ but is too long to fit the page. How to break this?
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Does LaTeX really perform worse than Word? [closed]

A new study in PLOS ONE1 concludes that even novice MS Word users perform better than expert LaTeX users in document creation. I have read the article and I feel like I have identified some flaws in ...
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What is “the” LUA root for context packages?

As package author, I want to write a LUA module which can be found by both lualatex and context. The lualatex prototype works reasonably and I am convinced that this will also be true if I release ...
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advanced search in tex files

Is there a way to perform advanced search queries within tex-files? What I mean by "advanced search query" is all queries that cannot be performed with only a single search term. For example, it is ...
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Package versioning and backward compatibility

The third major curse of computer programming is backward compatibility. You have to fix bugs which will unavoidably be found. Some syntax is not really a good idea, and has to be modified to be less ...
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PhD dissertation: templates vs scratch

I am still getting my feet wet with LaTeX (starting to read 'LaTeX for complete novices'). I have decided to use LaTeX for writing my dissertation. As I begin I was wondering if it would be better to ...
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What is the recommended way to respond to bug reports for font packages where the bug is caused by characters missing from fonts?

I received a bug report for ebgaramond-maths. Although the issue is clearly caused by my package in one sense, it is not clear to me whether there is anything which I should do about it beyond ...
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Adding prefix to TikZ node and coordinate names

This question is somewhat related to my search for a good practice to include TikZ stuff in my documents. Suppose a document (book) with a lot of formulas and equations which you have decorated with ...
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Strange preamble for a thesis or this is normal?

I have a somewhat strange template that I should use for submit my dissertation for the speciality. I put the code as a minimal working example for you to see: ...
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How to label my references so I know how to refer to them?

I’m currently writing my master thesis and I have a lot of papers to cite. I’m not able to find a good way of giving shortcuts (names) for the papers when I cite them. Can you recommend a naming ...
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Best practice for including standalone commented equations with tikz

I'm writing a document where there are some equations which I'm commenting with hf-tikz package. It needs two LaTeX compilations in order to get the right coordinates and to draw everything in the ...
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Demonic correspondence: Best practices when defining devils in TiKZ

tikzsymbols defines a series of symbols which can be used in text (or nested in larger pictures) and which can be customised in various ways e.g. scaling size, choice of colours etc. For example: ...
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In tikz, is it possible to define a node and set its position later?

I'm trying to draw a diagram and my code is getting too cluttered and difficult to read. For code style purposes, is it possible to define a node in one place and mess with its positioning later? ...
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Best Practices for Lua Modules

In the Lua world Lua Modules are installed using LuaRocks. With LuaTeX these modules are normally installed in the scripts folder (under MikTeX windows). What tools are available for downloading and ...
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Letterspacing via microtype vs fontspec (in LuaLaTeX)

I've just realised that I can get somewhat similar letterspacing effects using either the microtype or fontspec packages; for example: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{fontspec} ...
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What is the best way to handle bibliographies which include a lot of online sources?

This question arises from discussion of my earlier question about URLs and BibTeX, I am looking for a solution that works smoothly with primarily web-based references. I have .bib files which contain ...
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The code of figures at the end of file, indeed

This question is connected with How to put figures at the end of pdf file. As one can see from @cfr's and mine comments, I hoped, that it was a question, how to put a code of figures, wich are lying ...
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How do I gracefully retire a package?

I maintain a LaTeX package which is obsolete. All its useful commands are provided by other packages, possibly with different syntax, but still the point is there is no reason for anyone to use my ...
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Column Space and Null Space of a Matrix [closed]

What are the notational best-practices for typesetting the column space and null space of a matrix A? Let's see how some of the different options look: Column Space: $col(\mathbf(A))$ ...
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Avoid accidental \\*

When you write in LaTeX some like: A\\ % *A You expect see the asterisk before of the second character, as usual in any text. However, the above chunk is equivalent to write: A\\* % A ...
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In tex file ascii characters only : if so should I encode the file in ascii? Or is utf-8 better used anyway?

This is a best practices question. Should I encode tex files in ascii or should I use utf-8? Is either preferred for a reason (ANY reason) in the case where ascii characters and nothing else appear ...
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In a package or parasitic class, when is it better to redefine a command and when is it better to define a new one?

When I'm working on a document for which I need special layout, I tend initially to accumulate a very long preamble. At some point, if I need to reuse similar layout regularly, I decide that I really ...
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How often do you commit when you use a version control system for your own LaTeX documents? Why? [closed]

I'd like learn about your practices and why you commit the way you do. Whether the practice is just "good" or "better" than another one is of course debatable but this topic could be really helpful ...
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How to define a bold font style for \emph text [duplicate]

Recently, I wanted to set all my \emphasized text to bold, because I think the default Italic of \emph is not distinctly emphasized. But I haven't found a solution for it. Please give me some idea. ...
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Double tagged equations?

In the following example the inequality (2.26) is obtained in the environment equation, but the equations (2.27) and (2.28) by dirty tricks, destroying the structure of the document. This is because ...