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

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Should expl3 code be used in packages intended to be compatible with multiple formats?

Maybe this question is just not a good idea in general, but, I'm curious. This could make package development simpler for some in the future. (Of course, this would not be forced on any package ...
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Is There Any Reason to Put Braces for Argument-less Commands (e.g. \int{})

Is there an reason/advantage for writing the integration (and other argumentless commands) as: \int{xdx} instead of \int xdx? I can see the first one gives a more comprehensible code, but are there ...
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Same pgfplots within standalone for usage in elsarticle and revtex4-1

Suppose I have created a plot with pgfplots for a scientific paper. However, for usual reasons the targeted journal is not certain. Possibly the plot has to be adjusted to match different journals ...
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‘Correct’ way of writing a function?

So for all these years, I have been writing a function f(x) as $\mathop{f}(x)$. But now that I begin to think about a correct way of writing a function, what should it be? Is it f(x) or ...
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How to define a wrapper to a command that takes an optional argument?

What is the proper way to define a wrapper to a command which takes an optional argument (such as \chapter)? I mean a wrapper, not a clone, such that we can inject code into the wrapper without ...
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Is this sacrificial command a good idea?

I have this command: \newcommand{\name}[1]{\edef\name{#1}} You first call it as in \name{Don} and afterwards you can refer to Don using \name. Is this an accetable way to express a constant that ...
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What are the “best practices” when writing a thesis in Latex? [duplicate]

I am starting to write my master thesis in latex. So far I have only written article-like texts, so this is my first big document. I would like to start with some good general good practices. ...
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How to Read/Edit tex files on an Ipad [duplicate]

I use LaTeX for writing books. I would like to extend my working environment and, I was wondering if it is possible to read (or much better - edit) tex files containing text only on an ipad? I know ...
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How can I make it easier to write LaTeX documents with elaborate mathematics?

I'm a severely visually handicapped student of mathematics. I wonder how I can speed up my latex document creation. I'm pasting below solution to a problem in a functional analysis book by Kreyszig. ...
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Which packages should I recommend to postgraduates in different academic disciplines?

I'm preparing a list of package recommendations for an intermediate workshop on LaTeX. I avoided providing such a list at the introductory workshop as the tendency is to then add packages without ...
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Policy to stress preferrable syntax

Question Assume someone wrote a LaTeX document using my package some time ago. I want to let him know that his code should be updated. The idea is to allow outdated syntax by the LaTeX compiler but ...
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What is the best approach regarding .cfg files for the LaTeX graphics bundle?

The manual for the 'graphics' LaTeX bundle includes instructions for setting up the right conditions for the use of colour and the inclusion of graphics in documents. For example, on page 2, it says ...
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Best practice for biblatex, biber, utf8 files

I use biblatex and biber. I used to use bibtex. So, when I first started writing .bib files I would have entries like this: @article{descartes, Author = {Descartes, Ren{\'{e}}} Title = ...
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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: ...