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Is the philosophy of LaTeX actually realized in practice? [on hold]

The LaTeX project website explains that authors should concern themselves more with their content and not worry about typesetting design--which is what good designers are meant to do. The same ...
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How can I find every \function or \symbol ever?

I want a list, or a way to create a list that contains every valid \somecommand entry. Ideally I would be able to tell without having to test it, how many parameters it takes. Thus far, the ...
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What is the programming term for the command invoking '\' in latex?

I don't think it would be called a delimiter. Is there a specific term for this character? Just to clarify, I'm talking the slash here: \frac{1}{2}
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General question about LateX and doctoral thesis

Hi guys I am new here. I am PhD student at the pharmacognosy and started learning/writing in LaTeX two months ago, for practice. Even though I do not have many math formula I gave a latex a chance, ...
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Why is the \bye command not used by LaTeX?

Is there a technical reason why the \bye TeX command was replaced in LaTeX by \begin{document} and \end{document}? I suspect there must be a good technical reason behind this, as otherwise it would ...
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What have been the most important changes to LaTeX in the last five years? (2011–2016)

I spent the last two years out of the loop and came looking for information about the recent advances within the (La)TeX ecosystem, basically to see whether the issues I found frustrating enough to ...
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Mark lines like overfull

I apologize if this has been asked before. I have searched and searched to no avail, it seems questions about getting rid of over/underfull boxes drown out any questions about how to produce the ...
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Does (La)Tex really look better? [closed]

I'm new to the world of LaTex, reading The Not So Short Introduction to LATEX2", and saw something strange at page 18. The second line looks different, darker, than the other lines... Assuming that ...
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Standard Extension for a LaTeX File? (or any other variant for that matter)

I was just wondering what the standard extension is for a LaTeX file. Obviously LaTeX files are just text and therefore the file could be named anything, but I am interested in convention. myfile.tex ...
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What is the largest work that has been published using LaTeX?

We have showcases of beautiful works using LaTeX. We have talked about beautiful tables, beautiful thesis, beautiful page headers, even beautiful labels. I am curious to know, what is the largest ...
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What is a terminal in LaTex? And why are there so many?

As I am reading through the LaTeX literature available on the net I am comming across all this different terminal names, such as: latex, tikz, eepic, gnuplot, epslatex, cairolatex, emtex, pslatex, ...
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list of all used commands in compiled *.tex-documents

Is it possible to get a list of all the commands used in the compiled documents? I mean, if I use in my various .tex-documents commands such as \emph, \section, \cite, \begin, \documentclass, ...
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Consistency (spelling variations) checker for latex?

I'm looking for something like a consistency checker for my latex document which especially scans for spelling variations of words. I searched on ctan, but couldn't find anything. I know of such a ...
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Book Layout in Latex

My question relates to writing novels and other text-centric books using LaTex. I have investigated the possibility of using grid layout techniques in LaTex with no luck. In a two-sided book ...
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MS Word or Latex for Thesis for beginner in LaTex [closed]

I am writing my thesis in MS Word but one of my friend told me about writing thesis in LaTex instead of using MS word. But I have no idea about LaTex. I just want to know is LaTex worth for learning ...
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Is there a language standard (ISO, ANSI, …) for LaTeX?

Coming from the C/C++ world, I am used to a standardized language. There are differenct standards, such as ISO or ANSI C. Is there a language standard for LaTeX? (Syntax, keywords, ...)
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How do maintainers/developers of TeX and LaTeX packages benefit from their volunteer work? [closed]

I am a user of LaTeX for about two years and I can see that almost every package which exists for TeX is free and these packages are maintained perfectly; packages are updated regularly and new ...
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How do LaTeX macros interact with the TeX engine?

From wiki on LaTeX the basic requirement is to have a TeX compiler (which is used to generate output files from source), fonts, and the LaTeX macro set. Assuming I have a TeX engine and I ...
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Why is there no separate TeX Users Group in Austria?

I recently took a look at the list of the various Local User Groups on the TUG homepage and recognized that there is no separate TeX group in Austria. As far as I know most of the Austrian ...
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Latex on your website [closed]

I am trying to build a new website from scratch. As, I would have to write mathematical and chemical expressions in the content, and I am already an avid user of physics, math and chem stack exchange ...
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How do I reference LaTeX help in my bibliography?

Basically I'm trying to reference properly for my dissertation, and I wondered if there's a manual somewhere I can quote - I can't find one.
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Why LaTeX2e has this name?

LaTeX2e is, if I don't make any mistake, the successor of LaTeX 2.09, and was published in 1994 (I was 4 year old !). My question is very simple : why has called it LaTeX2e and not, for example LaTeX ...
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Why is it called LaTeX? [duplicate]

When a person sees the word LaTeX the first time, they are likely to think of a rubber material whose name is simply typed with a weird choice of uppercase letters. This strange name leads to much ...
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Why is LaTeX so complicated? [closed]

I have been using LaTeX professionally almost every day for almost 10 years, so I think I can say that, by now, I more or less know what I'm doing. I also do a lot of ordinary computer programming, in ...
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Why is LaTeX called a typesetting “system”?

Reading about TeX/LaTeX online, I'm a little confused as to what it is- isn't it a language? Wikipedia calls is it a typesetting system- and to make matters worse, if I want to use LaTeX, I need to ...
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LaTeX vs Word; improvements of LaTeX over the years

When comparing MS Word vs LaTeX the proponents of Word often say that many advantages of LaTeX over Word from say 1997 disappeared over the years as Word evolved to the current 2013 version. For ...
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Identifying if a paper is developed from LaTeX

Is there any way to identify if a paper is developed using LaTeX or not. In other words, what are the characteristics of a paper developed using LaTeX. Since the term paper is too generic, I will ...
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Does LaTeX store any potentially personally revealing data from my source in some log file somewhere?

I'd like to know if I'm leaking personal data if I hop from computer to computer running my .tex file without deleting some hidden log of some kind that retains, say, an address I have in an invoice ...
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Reverse LaTeXing [duplicate]

My system got formatted completely. I dont have any files related to tex. So I installed TeXLive and texmaker on my pc. But yes, I have the pdf generated by the tex file. Is it possible to get my tex ...
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Where does LaTeX loose its breath? [closed]

LaTeX is a markup(typesetting) language typically used to typeset books. It has got a huge collection of classes and packages to work with. Now, obviously, LaTeX cannot be compared to Adobe ...
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Will TeX become mainstream one day? [closed]

I remember starting LaTeX when I was in the last year of my undergraduate studies .I was fascinated by a book in Industrial Organisation, partly because it was a good book per se, but also because I ...
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Is a graphical document author/designer interface realizable with LaTeX3?

With the separation of document authorship, design, and implementation, is a graphical tool for the end-user within reach? LyX tries to do this today, but LaTeX2e is not well-designed for such an ...
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How do you read LaTeX syntax

Coming from the programming language side, I am used to the very regular syntax of these languages. E.g. in Python a function call has to be like below: callfun(arg1,arg2,key1=val1,key2,val=2) This ...
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What is LaTeX? A software or a markup language?

According to Wikipedia: LaTeX is a document preparation system and document markup language. LaTeX is not the name of a particular editing program, but refers to the encoding or tagging ...
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How to force LaTeX only commands?

Recently, I learned that for a long time I have been doing all of my mathematics in LaTeX incorrectly! I was using the $ TeX commands instead of the \( and \) LaTeX commands! I immediately went back ...
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Document management system [closed]

Is there any free / open source DMS for latex documents , which is simple to install and manage, not bulky (enterprize grade), help search the document and has revision control if possible? (I've ...
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Using Metapost inline in LaTeX (no ConTeXt)

When I was more active in LaTeX and Metapost (~10 years ago) I could not find a way to directly use Metapost in LaTeX. There were few tutorials on how to use it within ConTeXt, but for using it with ...
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LaTeX motto/slogan

I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask this, I mean, it's not specifically related to LaTeX typesetting. But here it goes. I'm making a presentation to introduce LaTeX to university students, ...
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What would draw a student of the humanities to (La)TeX systems?

I've been given permission to put up a poster in the campus writing center. The primary users of this writing center are from the humanities—those students who need to write rather long papers on a ...
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Who can I get to do this? [closed]

I am a Senior in High School and I would love to do my Senior Project on LaTeX, but I have a problem. Who can I get to be my mentor/expert? I only know one person who knows about this but he lives ...
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Are there any open research problems in the world of TeX?

For a year-long capstone project in computer science, I have to do some 'original research.' I'm still not entirely sure what this entails, but it just struck me that perhaps I can do research and ...
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Will LaTeX work on any TeX?

As I understand it, latex is simply a macro package for tex, as in tex the program, not the format. (Again, weird, but I understand LaTeX to be a format of TeX.) Does this imply that LaTeX the ...
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Alternatives to LaTeX

Are there any professional alternatives to TeX/LaTeX which produce equal or even better typesetting? Maybe expensive commercial ones. The software counts if it is comparable or superior to LaTeX ...
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Is LaTeX nowadays still that superior to Word? [closed]

I've been trying to switch to LaTeX from Word (with which I have good experience) And I've been disapointed after some days of LaTeX learning and creating. I like the layout of the report class of ...
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Which hash-tag should we use in social media?

Now that facebook is using hash-tags I wondered what users had to say about #LaTeX, but to my surprise (well, it was obvious...), I found plenty of stuff related to latex clothing... The question is: ...
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If LaTeX is only a macro package, why does it have its own executable?

From other answers on this site and the FAQ of the TeX User Group my understanding is that: TeX is the original typesetting program, written by Knuth Omega, eTeX, pdfTeX, XeTeX, LuaTeX are engines. ...
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How to explain LaTeX to an author from a structured authoring background [closed]

Technical authoring, especially in the computer documentation genre, is commonly discussed in terms of structured authoring, and might be becoming synonymous with it. In structured authoring, the ...
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How exactly are TeX and LaTeX related? [duplicate]

I know that plain TeX is the low-level typographical language that describes nearly every aspect of presentation, taking care of things like paragraph breaks, new pages, and the like. I know (well, ...
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Visual comparison between LaTeX and Word output (hyphenation, typesetting, ligatures etc)

I really want to convince my friends and family that LaTeX is the choice for them when it comes to formatting and creating beautiful documents. I am aware of the major advantages that come with using ...
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Which TeX should one start out with? [closed]

Ever since learning Vim, I've felt slow going in anything else. Lately I've been writing my notes and other small documents in Markdown using Vim. I've decided to to take it a step further by ...