Conventionally { and }; used to delimit groups or arguments in (La)TeX code.

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Horizontal braces with XeTeX take too much space

After some experiments and tests, I managed to create the following code for \upbracefill and \downbracefill in Plain XeTeX, which it seems is that used for \underbrace and \overbrace: ...
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Aligning the right parts in multiple \begin{cases}

Is there an intelligent way to left-align the parts right of & of the two cases environments shown below (if x >= 0, otherwise, if y < 0, otherwise). I wonder if there is a better way than ...
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A lateral brace to group a set of equations with labels

I have a set of equations that I'd like to display together (as an example, the Maxwell's equations). Requirement #1: I'd like to have them labelled like in an align environment \begin{align} ...
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Aligning across 'aligned' equation blocks

I'd like to format two groups of equations such that all their equal signs line up and such that I can put a big brace to the right of each block to annotate that block. The last part is easily ...
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Why do people use unnecessary braces?

I often see people creating new macros where the macro token is surrounded by braces. For example, \newcommand{\foo}{foo} This is unnecessary and I find the extra braces make it harder to read. Why ...
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Adjusting vertical alignment of underbraces

Is there a way to align multiple underbraces so that they sit on the same horizontal line? For example, the following code \[ \biggl( \underbrace{0,1}_{A}, \underbrace{\frac{1}{2},\frac{1}{3}}_{B} ...
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Using braces to label parts of an equation

Given an equation, say Bayes' rule, $P(X \mid O) \propto P(X)P(O \mid X)$ how do I label the different parts of the equation using curly braces?
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Adding a large brace next to a body of text

I'm writing a short document listing some chronological events. I want to pick out a period with a big brace. Here's a quick mockup: What's the best way to do this? Can I set the size declaratively ...