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Electronic version of Knuth's “TeXbook”?

I have a printed copy of the TeXbook (from D.E. Knuth) at home. Now that I travel a lot, I don't want to take my library with me every time. Question: Is there a legal way to obtain (=purchase) a PDF ...
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LaTeX Companions Third Revised Boxed Set, The [closed]

I just found The LaTeX Companions Third Revised Boxed Set: A Complete Guide and Reference for Preparing, Illustrating and Publishing Technical Documents (2nd Edition). It might be time for me to ...
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Table of contents to refer to runners in addition to or instead of pages

I am using the class jurabook and I want to change the behavior of the table of contents. jurabook offers the possibility of having runners that number the paragraphs. These runners offer a more ...
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Why use \listoffigures \listoftables [closed]

Why do people include "Lists of Figures" and "Lists of Tables" in their theses/books? (as generated by \listoffigures, \listoftables, etc.) Besides the obvious reason that they take up space and ...
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An old italian translation of The TeXbook

DEK once said (TUGboat Volume 13 (1992), No. 4, page 423): The TeXbook has been translated not only into Japanese, but also into Italian (though not yet published in Italian). The people who did ...
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Inserting abstract into book document

I am trying to insert a abstract into my document as shown below, this gives me an error 'Environment abstract undefined'. I have used this format a few times without this problem occurring, I believe ...
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The TeXbook: Spiral or hard-cover binding?

I would like to purchase Donald Knuth's TeXbook, and I have noticed that there are two versions available. One is a spiral-bound edition, usually sold by itself. The other is a hard-cover edition, ...
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Is there any textbook for XeLaTeX?

I usually use PdfTeX. Currently I have to learn XeLaTeX which I am not familiar with. So Is there any textbook for XeLaTeX? How to use numerous math fonts in one article? E.g. use mathrsfs, ...
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A question about a macro definition error

Given: \documentclass{minimal} \newcommand{\emrule}[1]{\rule[4pt]{#1em}{0.2pt}} \newcommand{\endash}{\emrule{.5}} \begin{document} 2000\endash2013 \end{document} I get: ! LaTeX Error: Command ...
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Contents in heading where I want preface

I'm trying to start a book in LaTeX, and I have a preface, which is in the frontmatter of the book. Unfortunately, it keeps showing 'Contents' in the header after the table of contents. Basically, ...
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Typeset Like Jackson's E&M [closed]

I was wondering if there's a package or style to match that of Classical Electrodynamics by J.D. Jackson (there is a multiple pages preview). His integrals are almost vertical and everything related ...
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LaTeX Introductions in languages other than English

Inspired by What is the best book to start learning LaTeX?, I thought that it might be useful to collect a list of the many brilliant introductory LaTeX books and tutorials written in languages other ...
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a book recommendation for doing graphics in beamer

I am interested in drawing diagrams, trees, and other simple basic graphical items (all in beamer, as a matter of fact). Can someone recommend on a good book that would explain how to do that? (I am ...
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How does TeX actually work?

Lots of useful information for human beings, especially in academia. But, what is actually underlying the TeX engine? How does it really work? Does it parse everything and just put the stuff together? ...
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Where‎ ‎do‎ I start ‎learning‎ conditional tests ‎in ‎LaTeX‎?‎ [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: LaTeX conditional expression I've already taken a look at ‎books‎ such as "‎Te‎X for the Impatient", but its examples aren't clear enough to me. What‎ book/tutorial ‎do‎ ...
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Referencing book IEEE

I am using both TeXworks and Texmaker to write my thesis and have to somehow do my references. Moreover everything is supposed to be written using a 'book' environment. I have found that JabRef is ...
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LaTeX Companion as an ebook

Apologies if this seems frivolous but I've been trying to find the LaTeX Companion 2ed by Mittelbach et al. in ebook form. Other than illegal rip-offs there doesn't seem to be anywhere I can buy it ...
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New Edition of TeXBook [closed]

Here I asked a question about moving from LaTeX to plain TeX and one of the recommendations was to look Knuth's TeXBook. I was looking into this when I came across this update on Knuth's website, ...
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Latex style that resembles the one used in some computer science books

I would like to find a latex style that is close to the one used in books like the followings: Melvin Fitting, "First-Order Logic and Automated Theorem Proving" ...
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How can I add a blank page before the title of a book in tex or lyx?

I was trying to make a little booklet in Lyx. I want to export it to .pdf and then use to brochure-print function of adobe reader. Anyway I need to put an extra blank page in before the title page so ...
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Templates for Books on Grammar, Phonetics for Language Learning

I want to make a book about the grammar of a indigenous language and use it for language learning, so far I got some templates but it seems they are for plays and math. I would appreciate information ...
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Suftesi font in book class

How can i have the series of font of suftesi in a normal book class of LaTeX ?
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Custom title page in report or book class?

I have a long academic report to write and I am thinking of using the book class or the report class? However in both these classes the title page has the title in the centre. I want to make my own ...
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\@ifnextchar and friends documentation

While reading this question and its answers I tried to find where, for instance, \@ifnextchar is documented. I'm afraid I couldn't... I looked in TeX: The Program and TeX for the Impatient which can ...
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A critique of TeX?

Is there any informative critique of TeX along one or all the lines below: TeX, the typesetting engine (including its algorithms) TeX, the typesetting language TeX, the programming language TeX, the ...
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What book do you recommend for new Tex users? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the best book to start learning LaTeX? I'm new to Tex. Just downloaded the program for Mac. I'm using TeXShop and I wanted to see if anyone could recommend a ...
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Unix Text Processing [closed]

In 1987 Dale Dougherty and Tim O'Reilly wrote a marvelous book Unix Text Processing which is now freely available. The book gives tour the force introduction to the world of Unix text processing ...
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LaTeX presentations like OpenOffice .odp

I've been reading of beamer to make presentations with LaTeX, so I'd like a good book to perform these tasks. Is there a good book (or website) for that?
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Learning TeX via the TeXbook

As I most often am not able even to ask the right question, much lesser to understand answers, I have decided to read thoroughly Knuth's TeXbook. But on Appendix B--Control Sequences--I find ...
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Which package is best/easiest for a TeX newbie to lay out a book for print?

This question may be a little general and is subjective, but I am asking because I am not sure where my (limited) time should be invested for the problem I have to solve (I'll detail that in a ...
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LaTeX techniques and templates for writing a book [closed]

I am about to write a couple of books using LaTeX. I am fairly used to producing small LaTeX articles using Sweave and R, but I have never written a book using LaTeX and I am not conversant with the ...
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How to write a book in LaTeX

I have taken a look at other questions, and I don't see any answer to my question. If this is a duplicate for some question I haven't seen, feel free to comment. I am an experienced TeX user, I've ...
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TeX family tree with timeline?

When I first started using TeX, I felt overwhelmed by the myriad of names — BibTeX, XeTeX, LaTeX, XeLaTeX, ConTeXt, LuaTeX, MacTeX, TeXLive — and more. I didn't know the packages from the programs ...
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What is the latest edition of Knuth's “Computers & Typesetting” Series? [closed]

I would like to buy Knuth's "millenium boxed set" of Computers & Typesetting, but I can't figure out if there is more than one edition. The "Computers & Typesetting" books were originally ...
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Managing volumes of books

I would like to compile all of the books in a series at the same time. This would: Guarantee that everything compiled with consistency. Easily allow for cross-references between books. Allow ...
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References for learning how to check for typesetting problems

The following thread discusses a number of tasks one must accomplish to finish up a document: What are the finishing touches you put to a document? Did the original author of TeX make such small ...
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Resources for learning about contributed packages

The "LaTeX2e Reference Manual" contains a lot of useful information about various commands. Is there any larger resource or book containing similar shorts descriptions of commands, but that also ...
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Four Language Parallel Column Book

I am trying to format a four column parallel text in four different languages to display on two pages with two columns per page. I have tried using ledpar and parallels but I cannot get it to work. ...
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\usepackage[turkish]{babel} and \includegraphics inconcistency

Here is my document : \documentclass[12pt]{book} % must-have packages \usepackage[turkish]{babel} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} % This package will support Turkish chars % must-have packages ...
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Beyond Bringhurst: mathematical typesetting

I've been reading The Elements of Typographic Style and I was wondering whether there was a similar resource for specifically mathematical typesetting. Is there a book or other document that sets ...
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If I'm about to write a book on LaTeX, should I wait for a LaTeX3 release?

From time to time I plan to write a beginner's book on LaTeX. But I'm not sure of this: isn't it better to wait some time more until a workable release of LaTeX3 reaches the market? I'm really ...
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Can I include an article (revtex4) inside a book-class latex document?

I would like to include in an Appendix of my thesis some articles written, and I would like to do so in the original style which is revtex-prl. The thesis is written as a book. Can I actually do ...
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Does pdflatex embed fonts and AMSMath symbols? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to embed fonts at compile time with pdflatex I'm interested in writing a math book and using the Internet site Lulu. They say that when you submit content in PDF ...
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Colored box in new environment

I have a problem, I'm fairly new to LaTeX but I think I got the basics. My problem is that wants to create a environment that can create a minipage with a background color and some text in it. I can ...
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Topics for a book about LuaTeX

I am writing a book about LuaTeX - what topics would you like to see in that book? More beginner's topics or more advanced sections? Both? I'd like to hear your opinion.
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Which books can I read via texdoc?

For years, I was faithfully downloading a copy of TeX by Topic whenever I reinstalled my computer. Then I learnt about texdoc texbytopic and my life got just that smidgen easier. I've just returned ...
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How on earth did Knuth do it?

Donald Knuth has written what are arguably the most beautiful books with the TeX system. Now I understand that Knuth wrote them in plain TeX, and still uses plain TeX for his current projects. Which, ...
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Authoring RPG books in LaTeX: what packages to use?

I am intending on authoring a role playing game (RPG) and was wondering which LaTeX packages I should use. I have most of the useful PDF packages installed: bookmarks, graphicx, etc.. Pen and paper ...
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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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Books written using TeX

As part of my research I need to find the detailed list of books written using TeX, LaTeX.... I am from Computer Science background, and found some books written making use of TeX, LaTeX... Could you ...