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Label and caption without float

I’d like to have an environment that works much like a float, except that it doesn’t float. That is, in fact, I’d like to be able to define an environment that has a label and a caption. I ...
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Where do I find out how a command/environment is defined?

Say I want to redefine the itemize environment, or make a modified version of it. I want to know how it is currently defined. Where do I find this information? If it's some particular package command, ...
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Making a new environment combining equation and split

I'm trying to define a new environment that consists of a split environment inside an equation environment. But I'm getting an error. Here's what I'm doing: \documentclass[a4paper,12pt]{article} ...
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Why can't the end code of an environment contain an argument?

Environments are allowed to have arguments, but reference to those arguments can only appear in the opening code of the environment, and not the closing code. What is the reason for this, and are ...
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Definitive guide to trivlists

I create a lot of theorem-like environments, and I'm usually happy to employ a package (such as ntheorem, amsthm, etc) to do the work for me. After studying the ntheorem documentation, and reading ...
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Command behavior depending on current environment

I would like to write a LaTeX macro whose code depends on the parent environment such as: \newcommand\test{ %if current_environment=env1 test1 %elseif current_environment=env2 test2 %else } ...
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Environment that counts words inside

How can I create the environment that could count words inside itself? More specifically, I want to write an enviroment called "assignment" such that the code \begin{assignment} Some words here. ...
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tabularx inside a \newenvironment

There's something wrong with this code: \newenvironment{Tbl} {\begin{tabularx}{\textwidth}{|l|X|} \hline} {\end{tabularx}} but this is fine: \newenvironment{Tbl} {\begin{tabular}{|l|l|} \hline} ...
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Extracting the contents of text in a specified environment into a new file

Imagine I have a complete latex file and I want to extract only the text that appears in a specified environment (i.e., within a custom hypothesis environment) For example: \begin{document} ... Lots ...
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Environments for visually setting text apart

I have a document consisting of alternating paragraphs from different voices. Because the paragraph blocks look too much alike, I need some way to give the different parts a different look. I have ...
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What does the titlepage environment do and what are its benefits?

I'm speaking about the article document class only, because report and book deal with titles in a different way. Obviously, the titlepage environment triggers a new page after it, and it resets the ...
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How to modify spacing around quotation environment?

I am almost there in my quest to reproduce the rather compact layout of the book I'm translating... one thing to go, though: I successfully used the enumitem package to modify the vertical and ...
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Changing the catcode of _ in one command?

In the following code, I would like _ to be a simple letter. How can I achieve this ? % Source : http://forum.mathematex.net/latex-f6/forcer-le-retour-a-la-ligne-dans-texttt-t13246.html#p127511 ...
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How to automatically add text immediately after \begin{document}

I attempted to redefine the document environment as follows, but get a complaint that: LaTeX Error: \begin{MYdocument} on input line 13 ended by \end{document}. \documentclass[12pt]{article} ...
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Defining environments based on other ones: What's the right way?

Assume that I want to define a new environment that is a variant of an existing one. For example, I seek an italicquote environment that acts like the quote environment but displays its contents in ...
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Changing default width of blocks in beamer

I use a custom Beamer theme for my presentations. In my presentations I'd like to use blocks (\begin{block}…\end{block}). These blocks are rendered slightly too wide to fit into my theme. Is there a ...
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Is it a bad idea to use \begin{section} … \end{section} in LaTeX?

In several discussions about relatives merits of LaTeX v. xml, a xml supporter complained that in LaTeX sections, subsections etc are not properly closed, so it is hard to tell where a section ends. ...
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How to turn off an environment (e.g. tikzpicture) for faster draft compiling

I'm currently writing my thesis and have been looking for ways to speed up compile time. I can shave off a lot of time by using draft mode so that images aren't processed, but I have several TikZ ...
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Showing Solutions of the Questions “separately”

There is a class for LaTeX called exam. Using this class, one can write questions and answers for exams. The answers are displayed under (after) each question. My goal is to have all answers in the ...
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Do all starred commands have anything in common?

\section* produces an unnumbered section, align* makes the environment unnumbered, which is comparable in a way. \newcommand* doesn't accept \par in its argument, which is different. Stefan Kottwitz ...
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Using minted to define a new environment

Can I define a newenvironment that has inside it a minted environment? eg and environment that would be a quickhand for the following code: \begin{figure}[htp] \centering ...
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write contents of an environment to document and toc

I want to write the contents of an environment to the document and the toc. Here's a MWE hacked to look (almost) like what I need. \documentclass[pdftex,12pt]{book} \usepackage{hyperref} ...
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Numbers outside Math environment

Should numbers inside the text be placed inside a math environment? For example, if I am writing ...indent code by 4 spaces..., should I write it this way or ...indent code by $4$ spaces...? ...
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Split-like environment inside cases environment

I'd like to have a cases environment with some cases that are too long to fit on one line. I tried this: \begin{cases} \begin{split} long expression \\ second line of long expression ...
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Does \newenvironment have a \provideenvironment cousin, as \newcommand has \providecommand?

To avoid the problem of having to decide whether to use \newcommand or \renewcommand, LaTeX has the option of \providecommand. Is there something corresponding to this for environments? I'd like to ...
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What exactly does \@doendpe do?

Quoting from the LaTeX2e sources: [\@endparenv, \@doendpe] To suppress the paragraph indentation in text immediately following a paragraph-making environment, \everypar is changed to remove ...
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How can I check if the current code is inside a certain environment?

I would like to define a command which checks if it is executed inside a certain environment. Like this: \documentclass{article} \newenvironment{myenv}[0]{at start}{ at end} ...
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How to ignore everything in the document environment?

Yes, you did read the title correctly! I want to ignore everything that is between \begin{document} and \end{document} when I \input a file. I thought that that would be very simple, just use the ...
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Defining a new type of floating environment

In a document, I need to provide some details about specific topics without disrupting the flow of the main document, so that the details may easily be omitted at first reading. To do so, I thought it ...
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Insert text into a fixed size box

Is there a way to create a box which has fixed width and height? I tried \parbox and some similar things, but sometimes the text overflows. If the text inserted would overflow: it should be resized ...
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How can I ignore everything except a specified environment?

In other words, I'd like to have the comment environment of the verbatim package "inverted". I am pretty sure I read about some package allowing this some time ago, but I can't recall its name (nor ...
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bottomrule not working in a self-made environment

I have this environment for consistent tables in my LaTeX documents: \newenvironment{defaultTable}[2] { \@float{table}[h] \noindent \tabularx{\textwidth}{#1} \specialrule{0.5pt}{10pt}{0pt} ...
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Duplicating Environments

When I want to globally modify a command in my document, I will often use a duplicated version of the original in the stencil, with the help of the \let macro. For example, if I wanted to do ...
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Defining a list environment with multiple optional arguments

I'm trying to define a list environment with multiple optional arguments and with a default values for those arguments. For example, creating a new environment with a name newenv, which accepts two ...
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Solution environment via true/false switch

I would like to create a solution environment that prints a solution in the case where an optional argument is set to true (the default) and hides the solution in the case that the argument is false. ...
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Defining a new environment whose contents go in a TikZ node

I would like to define an environment which typesets the contents in a box, and I'd like to use TikZ (I'm aware of alternatives like fancybox). So I would like something like \newenvironment{abox}% ...
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How to create new table environment

I am working on a book that has many many such tables. Is there a way to create shortcut for the code shown below. I want to make table caption a variable, because in the MWE shown below except ...
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Format a verbatim paragraph

How can I format a verbatim paragraph? I.e. break, fill and join input lines to produce globally balanced output with the lengths of each line approaching the target \textwidth as closely as possible. ...
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Problem with environment expansion and the Tikz external library.

I've created my own environment mytikz, which basically looks like this (full MWE): \documentclass[a4paper]{article} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{external} \newenvironment{mytikz}{%begin code ...
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define a new Example environment

how can i define a new Example environment like the image shown in the following? this environment should have the following attributes: endmarks must be positioned at the last line, whether it ...
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Customizing theorem name

Suppose I have a series of theorems that I would like displayed as Jim's Theorem. Bob's Theorem. Will's Theorem. rather than as “Theorem (Jim).”, “Theorem (Bob).”, and “Theorem ...
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Hide custom environment content based on boolean

I have a custom environment which adds some text around its content, but I also want it to be able to show or hide its contents depending on a boolean. I have tried doing the following: ...
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Define an “escape underscore” environment

I am writing a text document in LaTeX where I need a lot a words with underscores: foo_bar_1, more_bar_2_long_expression_3. I know about the underscore package, but for some reason the [strings] ...
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Is there a ready solution to typeset a diff file?

In a text about Git I want to typeset diffs similar to this visualization: Commit details on GitHub. Is there any ready-made solution to that, especially the coloring of the diff lines? (In other ...
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How can one pass the contents of a LaTeX environment to a macro?

I'm working on an exam document class where the user enters in questions something like this: \multiplechoice{Question} {Answer #1} {Answer #2} {Answer #3} {Answer #4} {Correct answer} {Explanation} ...
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Extracting commands from environment

In Automatic scaling of tikz images in floatrow I was asking how to scale several images in one row to the same height and to scale the resulting row to linewidth. I would like to automate the ...
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What are the consideration when choosing either newcommand or newenvironment?

The first time I learnt LaTeX, I thought \newcommand properly fits for inline mode and \newenvironment for displayed mode. Later I noticed it is not correct. So the question is What is the rule of ...
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How to include tabularx/y in a new environment?

I am looking for a way to define a customizable environment for tables in my latex documents. This means: caption and label width of table customized column format (tabular preamble) While this ...
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\newtoks token seems to have local scope

I want to collect the first line of a quotation to use later. I have used \newtoks for a similar purpose so tried it here, this way: \documentclass[12pt] {article} \newtoks{\qfirstlineinternal} ...
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The abstract environment changes the \linewidth for the whole document

In the article class, it seems that using the abstract environment has an effect to the rest of the document. More precisely, it seems that it redefines the \linewidth, which equals \textwidth without ...