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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...