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

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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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Should I \mathrm the d in my integrals?

When writing an integral, it seems like something should be done to separate the "d", as in \int f(x) dx, so as not to confuse it with a variable. I've seen it left as-is, bolded, and straightened. ...
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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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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 The idea is to allow outdated syntax by the LaTeX compiler but ...
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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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subfigure and subfig packages deprecated

I was using the subfigure package to align multiple small images in a document. However, WikiBooks states that "the subfigure and subfig packages are deprecated and shouldn't be used any more" ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Are there any coding style guidelines for LaTeX?

I have been using LaTeX for a long time now, but still all my document files look a bit messy. Now I want to get rid of this bad habit and get some order into my code. That is why I am wondering ...
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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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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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Are \( and \) preferable to dollar signs for math mode?

Along the lines of Why is \[ ... \] preferable to $$?, what reasons are there (if any) to favor \( ... \) over $ ... $?
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Should \tikzset or \tikzstyle be used to define TikZ styles?

The PGF/TikZ manual states in section 12.4 Using Graphic Options, page 120 (v2.10), that TikZ styles can be set using: \tikzset{my style/.style={<tikz options>},...} However, in several ...
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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 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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Customizing names of auxiliary file: safe practices?

I maintain a package (morewrites) which requires a temporary auxiliary file to function (written and read right away). This auxiliary file is currently named \jobname.mw, and a user has asked me to ...
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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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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 is the preferable setup for MiKTeX to keep all packages up-to-date easily?

By default, MiKTeX is set up for all users to the folder C:\Program Files\MiKTeX 2.9 However, packages added on-the-fly go to the folder C:\Users\CurrentUser\AppData\Roaming\MiKTeX\2.9 (in case of ...
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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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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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How to backup custom fonts and packages

I'm about to format my computer but I have installed a lot of TeX fonts and some useful TeX packages. I'd like to backup them, especially the fonts, because it took me a long long time to install but ...
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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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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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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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Who *doesn't* use e-TeX?

I was just browsing the new questions and noticed egreg's recent answer, in which he uses a certain extension from e-TeX and cautions the reader that it is not compatible with Knuth TeX. And so I ...
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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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What is the advantage of using $f^\prime$ instead of $f'$?

Although the two outputs look quite similar, what is the advantage of using $f^\prime$ instead of $f'$? By the way, here is my code: \documentclass‎{article‎}‎ \begin{document}‎‎‎ \[‎ ‎f^‎\prime ...
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What are the most common mistakes that beginners of (La)TeX and Friends make?

I want to collect the most common mistakes, misconceptions, pitfalls, etc that (La)TeX and Friends users make. Please one answer for each mistake, misconception, pitfall, etc. I am only interested in ...
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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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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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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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When to use \par and when \\

What is the difference between \par and \\ and when should I use \par instead of \\?
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How to write conditional equations with one-sided curly brackets

I want to write a conditional expression such as the following. What is the best way to express such conditional expressions in Latex?
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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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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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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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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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Efficient ways to anonymize a document

Many academic journals practice double-blind peer review which means that the author is required to blind their document by removing any references that can reveal the author's identity. How can I ...
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Best practice to include (standalone precompiled) graphics

General understanding I know that several people have asked about how to include plots and graphics (created by tikz and pstricks) into a latex document. What is the best way to include Matlab ...
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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: ...