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Difference between various methods for producing text in math mode

What is the difference between \text, \textrm, \textnormal, and \mbox (and possibly other commands commonly used to produce text in math mode)? Various (La)TeX tutorials teach different methods, and ...
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Comparing the output of two PDFs

Sometimes I want to compare the results of two different settings to see which gives better results (e.g. during the final fine tuning before handing in a document). Such settings can result in small ...
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What are the relative strengths of TikZ and Asymptote?

I want to compare TikZ and Asymptote for their abilities in 2D & 3D functional plot and other general purpose, simple drawings. What are the strong aspects of TikZ over Asymptote?
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How to compare the output of \ref to a number?

I want to compare the output of \ref to a number in LaTeX. I thought it would be easy but after spending lots of hours surfing the net I still don't know the answer. I found similar questions on this ...
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LuaLaTeX + fontspec: cannot compare documents with Acrobat

I use the option "compare documents" in Adobe Acrobat Pro a lot to highlight changes between revisions. What I just noticed is, if I compile a simple document such as the one below with LuaLaTeX + ...
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What is the difference between \nobreak and \nolinebreak?

What is the difference between \nobreak and \nolinebreak? I noticed that a lot of solutions in TeX.SE use the former, but I thought the latter is LaTeX while the former is plain TeX. And LaTeX macros ...
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Persuade me to write my thesis in ConTeXt, or not

I'm going to write my master thesis in Computer Science, regarding Operation Research, (in Italian). I have about a month and a half to collect the results and write everything down. I have had a ...
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How to compare two TeX codes and mark differences with color

I would like to find easy tool, which compares two TeX codes and generates a PDF file of the first code, in which the differences from the second code are marked by a given color. I use winedt 7.0 ...
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Difference between \mskip and \mkern

What are the differences between \mskip and \mkern? The TeXbook writes the following (ch. 18): You can insert math glue into any formula just by giving the command ‘\mskip⟨muglue⟩’. [...] ...
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Availability of LaTeX packages' functionality in ConTeXt, XeTeX, and LuaTeX

I am considering trying out ConTeXt, XeTeX, and LuaTeX, but one concern of mine is the fact that I am using a large number of LaTeX packages. There are a number of questions comparing these TeX ...
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difference between \vspace and \vspace* for negative arguments

Is there ever a difference between \vspace{...} and \vspace*{...} if a negative argument is supplied? Most importantly, does the choice of which macro to use have an influence on page breaking ...
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Proper use of cmap and mmap

I am curious about the differences between \usepackage{cmap} \usepackage[resetfonts]{cmap} \usepackage{mmap} (= \usepackage[useTeX]{mmap}) \usepackage[noTeX]{mmap} What are their precise ...
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Word 2010 on typesetting math [closed]

I tried to find that online, but all I found was: "Word bad, (La)TeX good! Word ugly, (La)TeX pretty!". I want an honest take from someone who used the new Math system in Word 2010, preferably who ...
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Texmaker vs TeXstudio (comparison) [closed]

I would like to use either Texmaker or TeXstudio in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. I want to use the latest version available via some PPA (not something installed "by hand" or even compiled!). I would like to use ...
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Using Latexdiff math-markup for not comparing equations

I am using Latexdiff to compare 2 Latex files. I can do it successfully for text but it gives me problem with equations which I have a lot. I do not want to compare the equations. If I understand ...
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Handling different time zones

I'm looking for a way to handle date/times with different time zones. For example in svn-multi and filemod a date and time with a timezone is returned. I like to be able to compare times in different ...
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LaTeX programming comparison operators

The example for the forloop package is \newcounter{ct}\forloop{ct}{1}{\value{ct} < 5}{\arabic{ct}}. I need to compare two counters having the first run up to the second. <= doesnt work, neither ...
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ifthenelse equal string comparison fails

I am trying to fix some problems with the accessibility.sty package from www.babs.gmxhome.de There is one string comparison which always results to false, i.e. the language code definition will not ...