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Latex info help on Ubuntu?

If this is better as an Ubuntu question, I'll direct it there. Anyway, as a diehard emacs/AucTeX user I'm used to opening up latex-info (which uses GNU texinfo) for quick confirmation or reminder on ...
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Is there an implementation of WEB/NOWEB for LaTeX?

The WEB system is great, but it's a little cumbersome sometimes and very much rigid in its design. Is there a LaTeX document class for WEB-style documents? I'd like to program in other languages than ...
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Which manuals are on your “TeX Reference” shelf?

This is a community wiki since there is no "one true answer"- if you find an answer that contains a lot of your choices, but is missing something you feel is incredibly useful. Feel free to add it. ...
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Highlight LaTeX code and presenting results as in a manual [duplicate]

I would like to write a short guidelines of LaTeX for my students. In the spirit of some LaTeX manuals, I'd like to present the code and the result as follows, This example illustrate more or less ...
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Where are the sources for LaTeX3 development in TeX Live?

I'd like to take a look at the sources for some of the LaTeX3 development to model after, but I'm having trouble finding them. Where might I find the sources for texdoc interface3, texdoc xparse, and ...
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Errata in the Manuals

After discovering quite a few errata in a to-be-anonymous manual, I really want to be helpful and point them out... Is it appropriate to email the maintainer with a list of errata and inherently ...
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Is there a printable version of a reference manual for all TeX primitives?

Everywhere in the TeX community, I see suggestions like \parskip, \obeylines, \parindent, etc. I'd be surprised not to find them even in the most basic LaTeX packages. So I figured they must be deeper ...
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Technical documentation class

I just made a component that is going to be added to our platform in the next month. As such I need tu draw out some documentation for the guys that will do the integration. Is there any class that ...
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l3doc in combination with minted

The following question is related: How to add listings environment to DTX files I want to use the document class l3doc in combination with minted. However I am not able to get a nice result. If I ...
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Where can I find a manual for learning the fundamental background of LaTeX source?

I would like to know if there is some manual from which I can learn the bases of LaTeX programming language. I need something universal, not related to some specific package or class, that at the end ...
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Documentation of LaTeX2e source

Where are the best places to look if one would like to understand the LaTeX2e source code? Related: Comprehensive online manual for LaTeX2e user macros and environments Are there guidelines on how ...
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What is the ^^A in DTX sources?

After fleshing out (with my own project) Joseph Wright's lovely model, I've noticed that the explicit control character ^^A is used at the end of some lines. Its use appears similar to that of % to ...
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How do you use texdoc to search for example pdfs?

I usually use texdoc <package> to quickly access doc files. However, sometimes the doc file is not useful and you want to look to example pdf files. As an example, try texdoc moderncv. Is there ...
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Is there a good plain TeX tutorial that explains about doing automation and making layout?

I am interested in learning plain TeX especially in automation: looping, conditional branching, jumping, iterating, etc. layout: creating custom smart tables and boxes that can span cross pages. ...
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Tabular in dtx documentation

How to make table in .dtx documentation with vertical bars? % \begin{tabular}{c|c} % |sf| & \emph{mathsf}\\ % \end{tabular} fails, because |foo| is magic for verbatim.
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Is there some typesetting system that uses XML notation?

Is there some typesetting system that uses XML for notation? This is no offense, but I don't like to type \emph{This \emph{text} is important} despite the fact that there are editors that can do it ...
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How to document a expl3 macro using dtx

I am writing the documentation to a package implemented in expl3 using ltxdoc, and the relevant part would look like % \begin{macro}{\conteq_args_once} % Some explanation % % \begin{macrocode} ...
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english documentation of tkz-euclid [closed]

I just can't find the english documentation of tkz-euclid. ftp://ftp.fu-berlin.de/tex/CTAN/macros/latex/contrib/tkz/tkz-euclide/README says http://altermundus.fr (en français) or ...
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Add documentation to TL install

I installed the Tex Live 20130407 on my system. To save disk space, I did not install the documentation, because I thought that texdoc can download those files I ask it. However, issuing texdoc ...
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Starting point for getting more familiar with TeX/LaTex etc

Background: I've been using what I would call LaTex for ~4 yrs to typeset assignments, reports, essays and tutorial notes. I have been using "TexShop" (for Macs) - mostly because it was simple when I ...
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Online references for creating advanced macros?

I am looking for online references for creating advanced macros for LaTeX.
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Any way to show LaTeX example code *and* execute it? [duplicate]

In (La)TeX documentation and tutorials, it is common to show a snippet of code next to the output it generates. It might be two minipages side by side, or a code listing followed by boxed output, or ...
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Template for cheat sheet

I have been working with LaTeX for a couple of years but I don't know anything about pure TeX. I find this LaTeX cheat sheet useful to remember some commands. So I'd like to have a LaTeX template for ...
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Difference between documentation of the code and user documentation

From How to Package Your LaTeX Package tutorial: "The important parts of a package are the code, the documentation of the code, and the user documentation." What is the difference between ...
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What needs to be introduced in a short introduction to LaTeX?

One of the things listed at the How you can help in the TeX community page of the TUG website is: We'd like to have an ‘introduction to LaTeX’ document that falls somewhere between the brevity of ...
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Help in choosing LaTeX2e books in light of LaTeX3 development

I'm quite new to LaTeX (~3 months) and I'm excited about buying the books. I just bought The TeXbook on eBay and hopefully it should arrive next week. I might even want to get a printed copy of TeX by ...
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Is there any documentation of \Umathcode, \Umathcodenum, etc.?

Trying to use the package unicode-math I have been looking for some documentation of \Umathcode, \Umathcodenum, etc. The usually place, the package documentation (http://ctan.org/pkg/unicode-math), ...
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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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Where to find official (!) and extended documentation for tex/latex's commandline options (especially -interaction modes)?

Today I tried to learn more about the several interaction modes for tex/latex/pdflatex etc. The manpages turned out to be not very helpful: $ man tex ... -interaction mode Sets the ...
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How can I get documentation for the LaTeX letter class?

I am trying out TeX and writing some correspondence in it just to learn the basic commands. For the "letter" document class, I have found this reference site: ...
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LaTeX, package documentation look-up

I am on OS X (10.6 Snow Leopard) using TeXLive-2011 to typeset a simple .tex file I am editing in Vim and trying to learn. My problem is: how do I... gradually learn about what TeX can do for me get ...
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Defining synonyms for indexing

Is it possible to set things up so that indexing synonyms does not generate multiple entries? For example, if the text includes \index{cur}, \index{hound}, and \index{mutt}, can these be coalesced ...
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Does the pgfplots manual crash your Preview and/or Skim app on OSX?

The pgfplots manual consistently crashes both my Preview.app and my Skim.app. A quick google search yields a closed bug report on the pgfplots Sourceforge page and a related question on ...
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Print macro signature

I am looking for a way to have a readable documentation of a macro signature (probably not the correct wording, but I mean the same thing as a function signature) in the source code and in the output ...
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does the doc folder contain only documentation?

I'm trying to get rid of some junk on my hard drive and want to make sure I don't delete anything vital, so it's probably a dumb question. In my latex tree there is the texmf-dist/doc folder which is ...
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portable packages

and sorry again for my bad grammar, English is not my native idiom. I start explaining about what I have and then what I want: I built a format for my school so students can build up their thesis ...
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Where can I find documentation on biblatex 1.7 (or other older versions of packages)?

I have just updated my MikTeX 2.9 (I'm using Windows 7)... and surprise! My citations don't work any more and I get cryptic error messages. Panic! After a few minutes of frantic and more or less ...
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Defining a listings style and available options

When defining a style for a listings environment, I can set the background color by doing: \lstdefinestyle{highlight}{ backgroundcolor=\color{orange} } Apart from backgroundcolor, which other ...
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How to write content next to tikz figures?

This is my code : \begin{document} Formally, a streaming string transducer is a 8-tuple $(Q,\Sigma_1,\Sigma_2,X,F,\delta,\gamma,q_0)$ machine, where $Q$ is a finite set of states, $\Sigma_1$ is ...
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dtx: add code to sty file without printing it to pdf

I want to add comments to the sty file that should not be printed to the pdf, because the description is almost identical. Is it possible to configure the dtx file, such that not every code added to ...
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Moving to LaTeX3 for package authors

I would like to write a package using as much of LaTeX3 stuff as possible (in particular expl3, xparse and xtemplate). What should I read to learn these? In particular: I know that there are good ...
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Where can I find spanish documentation for creating LaTeX classes?

Searching the web for spanish documentation about creating classes for LaTeX, I found this website belongs to the class of "Scientific text processing in high quality" (Procesamiento de textos ...
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How do I make the command texdoc latex2e to open the PDF version by default?

I found a latex2e.pdf in my MiKTeX installation tree. How do I make texdoc latex2e open the PDF version by default? UPDATE: I tried renaming latex2e.html to something else, and now the PDF version is ...
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Free intermediate level documentation

Are there any free manuals that are roughly on the level of Lamport, Mittelbach & Goossens, Kopka & Daly, etc.; more in-depth than the Not So Short Introduction to LaTeX, but not as daunting ...
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Which latex editor is able to access all documentation of all packages?

I am looking for an editor or documentation browser that can look up all commands from all packages, for eg I want to for 'whiledo' then I want a window or pane to pop up with the required reference ...
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Updated documentation of ConTeXt

I'm trying to decide which set of macros/typesetting system to learn. I tried Latex2e for a while, but I was very disappointed that it didn't work nicely with Unicode and that in my tryout I had many ...
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An explanation of LaTeX's output routine

Is there a good reference for LaTeX's output routine? The documented source is confused and confusing. The authors seem confused as to why parts are the way they are and wonder if maybe things should ...
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What documentation visually explains the various available commands to control the vertical distance between two lines of text?

I have a title page containing several lines of text, e.g.: Series Title Author Institution I would like to fine-tune the distances between the lines, however, I do not understand which tools ...
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Where can I find documentation about TikZ/TikZPicture?

When looking for different packages of creating timelines, I came across the following one: \documentclass[12pt]{article} \usepackage[a4paper]{geometry} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{snakes} ...
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How to illustrate and execute a MWE within another document

In Show output of a full LaTeX document I provided a partial solution to a similar question. The following code is an attempt to simulate the running of a full MWE within another document as for ...