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LaTeX Editors/IDEs

What editors/IDEs are available for easing the process of writing TeX/LaTeX documents? Please state some useful features like code completion, spell checking, building final DVI or PDF files, etc. ...
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What are good learning resources for a LaTeX beginner?

Which book (free or otherwise) was the most useful to you when you started learning LaTeX? I am frequently asked this question by friends who want to learn LaTeX, and I recommend the book which got ...
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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 ...
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Consistent typography

When working with large documents, or even across multiple (smaller) documents, I often find that I forget which typographical consistencies I should stick to. With TeX being inherently consistent in ...
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Biblatex with Biber: Configuring my editor to avoid undefined citations

Running the minimal example \documentclass{article} \usepackage{filecontents} \begin{filecontents*}{\jobname.bib} @ARTICLE{example, author = {Other, Anthony Norman}, title = {Some things I ...
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Tools for automating document compilation

A lot of people write makefiles that say something like paper.pdf: paper.tex pdflatex paper bibtex paper pdflatex paper pdflatex paper To handle re-running TeX to ...
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Comprehensive list of tools that simplify the generation of LaTeX tables

Manually hacking tables in LaTeX is one of the less funny things when preparing a document. Naturally, there are quite a few tools that promise to simplify this. In fact, I have somewhat lost track of ...
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What packages do people load by default in LaTeX?

I'm getting the impression from reading the answers written by some of the real experts here that there are quite a few little packages that just tweak LaTeX2e's default behaviour a little to make it ...
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How to create posters using LaTeX

I want to create posters for my poster presentation on a conference. What tools or LaTeX classes are available for preparing posters ?
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What are the ways to position things absolutely on the page?

I know that there is tikz, but also eso-pic and textpos. I'd like to see a list of possible ways (not necessarily packages) for absolute positioning of things (which I believe amounts to "boxes") on ...
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What are the available “documentclass” types and their uses?

Some of the available classes of documents in LaTeX are well known and widely used, such as the article and beamer classes, while others are not so well known, such as the standalone class. I found ...
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How to iterate over a comma separated list?

How can I iterate, loop, process, or otherwise do something, with each element from a comma separated list of things? This question has been asked perhaps many many times, and the are already lots of ...
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What are all the font styles I can use in math mode?

As can be seen in above picture, there are lots of fonts or font styles that can be used in math mode. What are all the fonts or font styles I can use in math mode, and which packages are required ...
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What is the most bizarre thing you have seen done with TeX

I think the questions says it all! :) By TeX, I mean any derivative of TeX as long as the code is clearly a derivative of TeX, i.e. that it could belong on TeX.SX (and not pure Lua for example). ...
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LaTeX templates for writing a thesis

Aside from CTAN, what are good resources/repositories for Latex templates? In particular, I'm looking for some pretty Thesis templates (I'm familiar with classicthesis)
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Best way to generate a nice function graph in LaTeX?

Which is the best way to put function graphs into a LaTeX document?
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Showcase of beautiful title page done in TeX

The book is mostly meets by the Title Page. Default TeX \maketitle are simple and minimalistic. I'm looking for examples of Title Pages: complex - have different formatting; beautiful and awesome; ...
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What are other good resources on-line for information about TeX, LaTeX and friends?

Are there newsgroups, forums, FAQs, and other sites that provide quality information on TeX, LaTeX and friends? Are all of these in English, or is there one in "my language of choice"?
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Packages that need to be included in a specific order

This isn't a real question, so I'm marking it community wiki. When I was new to LaTeX, I thought that the \usepackage command worked much like the #include command of the C language: just put ...
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A big list of every keyval package

I lose track of all the different keyval packages. Can we maintain a list here? (Community wiki, one package per answer with a brief description of scope. I've started things off but need help ...
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Which tabular packages do which tasks and which packages conflict?

I've read a couple of questions recently about tabular environments, and it seems there's a whole bunch of packages that do stuff in this field. I'd really like a summary of what each package does, ...
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Showcase of brace tricks: }, \egroup, \iffalse{\fi}, etc.

There have been a few questions about braces recently, specifically about when to use them (see this and that question). Note: I had mistakenly stated that SamB was the author of both questions. But ...
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Output viewers for use with LaTeX

What viewers do you use for reviewing the beautifully-styled output of your LaTeX source? List PDF, DVI and PostScript options. Possibly, one entry per answer, and list platform availability, ...
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Nice scientific pictures show off

Task Show off your best scientific illustration ! The main purpose of this question is to share beautiful scientific pictures, preferably with an educational aspect. Content Your post must ...
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What font packages are installed in TeX live?

What font packages are installed in a full installation of TeX live? Which are obsolete? Example: \usepackage{mathpazo} brings Palatino as the roman font. The times package seems to be obsolete (as ...
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What does the draft mode change?

I wonder which changes are made by the draft option? That means what will be changed by calling it as global class option (\documentclass[draft]{<class>}) or locally for a single package if it ...
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What professions use TeX/LaTeX besides CS?

TeX and LaTeX are widely used in Computer Science. What other academic disciplines or professionals use it?
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Beautiful table samples

I'm interested in learning about some nice-looking table samples. Colors can make a huge difference, and just providing some color to headers, background, or borders can dramatically change ...
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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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What are the finishing touches you put to a document?

I'm curious about the finishing touches that people put to LaTeX documents. Are there any canonical or special things that people do in finalizing a document? What I do: Careful proofreading of ...
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What is your favorite Emacs and/or AUCTeX command/trick?

What is your favorite Emacs and/or AUCTeX command/trick? The point here is that I don't know what I don't know. I'm an Emacs and AUCTeX user looking to improve my Emacs & AUCTeX use, especially ...
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In what ways can TeX be used beyond document production?

Most people use TeX and its many varieties to create printed documents, such as reports, books, flyer's, etc. Occasionally, I have found software that uses TeX markup for other purposes, for e.g., the ...
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Are there any open research problems in the world of TeX?

For a year-long capstone project in computer science, I have to do some 'original research.' I'm still not entirely sure what this entails, but it just struck me that perhaps I can do research and ...
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Best practices references

What resources (online or otherwise) exist that give good advice on best practices for TeX, etc.? I'm looking particularly for things that assume you already know TeX or LaTeX, and aim to help you ...
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Most significant reasons that led us to (La)TeX

Looking back, what really convinced you to begin writing with TeX or LaTeX? This question is "community wiki", so there's no reputation to lose or to gain. Please don't write advantages of TeX and ...
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Most useful additions in KOMA-Script?

(Background: I'm a beginner who will mostly use LaTeX for university articles and reports, but no math. Also, as I reside in Canada, the German typography conventions, which I understand KOMA-Script ...
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Showcase of beautiful wine bottle labels made with LaTeX/TikZ and friends

Did anybody design wine bottle labels for self made wine with Latex/TikZ/PSTricks? I'm interested in unusual designs (like the nice label for Barnstorming Bitter at http://www.tug.org/texshowcase/).
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How can other programming languages and tools be used to create content for TeX documents?

When writing about programming languages or tools one often wants to include output from them in the document. Then it is useful if such output can be created as the document is compiled. For ...
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List of TeX formats

LaTeX, ConTeXt and plain are the most well known TeX formats/macro packages. But there are others, such as Lollipop. What others are out there and are any in use these days anymore?
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Opaque error messages given by common environments

This is a public-interest question. The title of the question Why does this error keep popping up even though I clearly fixed it? poignantly expresses a fundamental truth of LaTeX usage: sometimes ...
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What are good packages / techniques for writing more readable LaTeX *code*?

A while ago I stumbled upon the semantic package --- its 'math ligatures' feature in particular --- and the whole way in which I write math-code in LaTeX changed. Instead of \[ \sem{\sigma}_s^x ...
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List of higher-level LaTeX commands corresponding to TeX commands

Since LaTeX is a format built on top of TeX, it surely has several high level abstractions that perform similarly to TeX commands, with some added error-handling functionality, for example. I always ...
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What are your favorite document classes and what do you use them for?

I'm using the TeX Live distribution and I've noticed that there are a lot of document class files (291 actually) for different things (books, math, thesis, presentations, etc). What are your ...
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What useful web services are out there?

Looking at this question, I wonder what good and useful web services are out there. For example the LaTeX symbol classifier looks interesting. You can draw a symbol with your mouse and get back the ...
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List of Indexing Packages - Pros and Cons

What are the various indexing packages and what are their pros and cons? When should one choose one over the other? There is some discussion of this in What are the latest/best practices for index ...
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Showcase of optical illusions made with TeX/LaTeX/LuaTeX/ConTeXt

Optical illusions are fun, so I thought it would be a good idea to have a list of optical illusions designed using MetaPost, or PGF/TikZ, or PS-Tricks, or Asymptote. Each entry should display one ...
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What are good advanced LaTeX books?

I've been using LaTeX for about 3 months, and I'm hooked. My background is programming, so for the basic, google is sufficient. I did some research on amazon.com and found these two books with many ...
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Beautiful presentations done with TeX and related systems

I recently had to persuade a fellow student that you can create beautiful presentations with LaTeX and beamer. Luckily, I already had some examples. But I'm sure that there are better presentations, ...
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Using KOMA-Script packages with other classes

When speaking of KOMA-Script most people will refer to its classes scrbook, scrreprt, scrartcl and perhaps scrlttr2. But not everyone will know, that part of the bundle are also some packages, that ...
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Which are your “favourite” confusing error messages?

This question: \addvspace can't replace \vspace shows a situation in which an error message can be confusing. If \addvspace is used when not in vmode the error message obtained is ! LaTeX Error: ...