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Where can I find help files or documentation for commands like \@startsection for LaTeX?

I can't find official documentation for the \@startsection command. I already looked in: LaTeX Wikibook LaTeX: Structured document for TEX, 2008 beginLatex — a book that comes with ProTeX in the ...
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Materials for learning TikZ

I feel intimidated in learning TikZ. I was wondering if there are some nice materials (or just your replies) at different level: for providing big picture, which is important to beginners to not ...
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Documentation reference for LaTeX internal commands?

This question led to a new package: macros2e Is there a place where I can find a reference of LaTeX internal commands? For example, just a few months ago I saw an answer using \@for and today I ...
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Which books can I read via texdoc?

For years, I was faithfully downloading a copy of TeX by Topic whenever I reinstalled my computer. Then I learnt about texdoc texbytopic and my life got just that smidgen easier. I've just returned ...
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What is the minimum one needs to know to use TikZ?

I am fed up with the poor quality of the pictures in the papers written by my graduate students and am trying to convince them to use TikZ. I know of three ways to begin learning TikZ: The TikZ ...
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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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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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Glossary of TeX and LaTeX terms

This is not about glossary package. :-) I was wondering whether there is a list of common terms you come across as a not-so-advanced user, defined already. Currently what we have are many books ...
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Different approach to literate programming for LaTeX

I have spent a couple of hours rethinking the literate style tools we have for LaTeX, which are essentially doc, docstrip and ltxdoc. Although the traditional workflow with a good editor can be less ...
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Berry naming scheme list of LaTeX font families

Could you provide me with a list of Berry names for LaTeX font families? I am currently working on a paper comparing various LaTeX fonts, particularly their support of extended Latin and it took some ...
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TikZ manual newest version online?

Is there a definite place where TikZ manual can be found online? I am only finding version 2.00, while I keep loosing the link to 2.10. Does the official site host the manual somewhere, or is it ...
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Best practices references

What resources (online or otherwise) exist that give good advice on best practices for TeX, etc.? I'm looking particularly for things that assume you already know TeX or LaTeX, and aim to help you ...
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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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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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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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How to build two different .tex files from same .tex file

When I prepare an exercise list for my students I use to also include there my own solutions. I prepare these documents with some macros based on mdframed and with comment help I easily obtain two ...
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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 do I get a list of all possible texdoc's?

An easy way out would be to just texdoc the package name, but almost everyone knows that this does not apply to all packages. Some examples: I didn't know there was a usrguide There is an ...
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Where can I find an online manual for low-level LaTeX commands?

Is there an online manual for low-level LaTeX commands I can download? I am looking for something which would have, for example: \newif\ifportrait \newif\ifcustomsize \newif\ifdebug \makeatletter ...
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LaTeX equivalent to R's `help foo`?

From the R command line I can do help foo -- where foo is some R command-- and return a .html help file on foo. This holds even if foo is from some non-standard library I just loaded. Q: What's the ...
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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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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 do I document my style files?

I have many style files (and one or two class files) that I've written in my local texmf tree. Most were simple things that got me out of some trouble and which I put in to a style file in case I ...
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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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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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Where can I find the LaTeX3 manual?

Few month ago I saw a big pdf-manual of all LaTeX3-packages and the new syntax. I think it was bigger than 300 pages. I can't find it on the web. Does anyone have a link?
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How to search a documentation about an tex-function in command-line way on linux?

How can I search things about some functions in LaTeX on Linux in the command-line? Tried texdoc, but texdoc cite, for example, don't works. I would like a tool to search about LaTeX functions in ...
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Are there guidelines on how to read commented sources of LaTeX packages?

I'm trying to read source2e.pdf (texdoc source2e on the command line), but I'm stumped. It seems a rather mysterious tome to me. As I understand from this answer about what arguments a command ...
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What font configuration is used by microtype documentation

I really like the font configuration (appearance) of the documentation for microtype package (see here). How do I find out the combination they're using? (I will fix the protrusion etc later but first ...
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LaTeX documentation with verbatim environment

I am trying to document some LaTeX macros concerning marginals. I think a good way for the documentation would be the LaTeX code on the verso page and the output on the recto page. So I came up with ...
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Use texdoc within a shell script (in Alfred.app) doesn’t work

I’m trying to call textoc from OS X Application Alfred as a shell script. And with Alfred everything seems fine—I already asked the developers but they say that the script should work. When ...
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An MS command line equivalent to Linux's “man” for help on Latex files?

Is there an MS DOS command line equivalent to Linux's "man" for finding help on Latex files? e.g., if I were running Latex on Linux I could do: man texify to discover a file like this, from which ...
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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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Online searchable manual for TikZ?

Having used psTricks for years, I'd though I'd drag myself into the modern era and start using TikZ. So far, I like it very much. However, the only manual I can find is the 500+ page PDF manual, ...
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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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What are good advanced LaTeX books?

I've been using LaTeX for about 3 months, and I'm hooked. My background is programming, so for the basic, google is sufficient. I did some research on amazon.com and found these two books with many ...
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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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Automatic linking (aka code highlight) in Till Tantau's `codeexample`

I am writing docs for a tikz-based package, and I am trying to reuse Till Tantau's codeexample environment to output source code along with its output. However, I cannot manage to get syntax ...
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Comprehensive online manual for LaTeX2e user macros and environments

I find myself sometimes in the position that I need to know the "official" syntax and behavior of LaTeX2e user macros or environments. I'm talking about common things like minipage. Usually I find ...
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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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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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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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Class/package for German documentation

I’m writing the musuos class and I’m writing the documentation with ltxdoc.cls and doc.sty which seems to work. But the documentation is in German so it’s not very nice to get (environment) in the ...
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Packages for documenting self written packages (sty-files)

I am looking for packages useful for creating a documentation for a self written package. I have found doc, but the documentation ltxdoc.pdf did not give me any useful example. Also I know of ...
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Emergency crash course on LaTeX

So, I wrote a document in LaTeX. Someone who doesn't know LaTeX and is a very busy person now has to edit it. Is there a crash course in LaTeX document? Aside from saying 'Ignore everything that ...
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Where can I find the standard LaTeX reference manual?

Like a semi-detailed user manual for LaTeX commands (\newtheorem, etc).
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Tutorial on positioning

As a beginner, I keep running into difficulties when in the need of positioning elements. Pushing them down, up, left or right should be easy concepts, but I find it hard to visualize as a beginner ...
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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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Make ltxdoc class use report as underlying class

The ltxdoc class, designed for documenting LaTeX source files, is based on the article class. Beyond a certain threshold, the documentation may need to be divided in chapters and another class, e.g. ...
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Online references for creating advanced macros?

I am looking for online references for creating advanced macros for LaTeX.