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How to measure the minimum width or height of several boxes?

I know we can get the maximum width or height of several boxes via: \setbox0=\vbox{\hbox{a}\hbox{b}\hbox{c}} The maximum width is \the\wd0 \setbox0=\hbox{\hbox{a}\hbox{b}\hbox{c}} The maximum height ...
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Confused with TeX terminology: height, depth, width

The LaTeX reference card states for example \strut box w/ ht and depth of “(”, zero width I came to see text as a two dimensional feature, but I must be missing out on something... (following ...
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\colorbox{color}{text} without increasing the height and width of the cell in a table

When using \colorbox{color}{text} to put background color for the text in a table, the text with background color seems to take more space and makes the respective cell higher and wider. Is there a ...
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Why are box dimension assignments both local and global?

Consider the following code. \setbox0 \hbox{XXX} \fbox{\copy0} { \setbox0\hbox{ZZZ} {\wd0 0pt} \fbox{\copy0} } \fbox{\box0} This produces three ruled boxes. The two XXXs ...