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Why is there no 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 TeX group in Austria. As far as I know most of the Austrian universities are ...
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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 did LaTeX come about?

I know the story of TeX, but how did LaTeX come about, and come to be the only (as far as I know) system built on top of TeX?
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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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What does the @ symbol sign do in Latex? [duplicate]

The document class my Uni provides has a bunch of lines that appear to define macros with "@" in the name, like this: \newcommand{\uni@title}{} \renewcommand{\title}[1]{\renewcommand{\uni@title}{#1}} ...
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Change engine for “latex” command on terminal

First of all I'm working with ePiX For those who have never heard about, epix uses Latex. To compile, ePiX runs latex command on terminal. I'm always getting a message saying I've got memory limit. ...
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Is there a way to systematically ignore specific error messages?

When I compile my documents with a lot of trees, I often get the following error code: ! Dimension too large. <recently read> \pgf@xa l.1042 }} This error is due to some temporary ...
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Beamer: Highlighting subsubsections in TOC

I borrowed the following code from this answer (provided by @Gonzalo) to my earlier question and now I want to show highlighted subsubsections as sections and subsections. Any help will be highly ...
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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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LaTeX equivalent of MS Word Styles

What are the LaTeX commands equivalents of MS Word Styles. I am looking for the commands for the following commonly used basic MS Word Styles: Headings (Heading 1, Heading 2, Heading 3) Lists ...
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Penalty-enhanced approach to float placement in LaTeX3

This question is quite related to Penalty-enhanced approach to float placement, but here I am focusing on the situation for LaTeX3. The LaTeX2e float placement algorithm does not look backward ...
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Penalty-enhanced approach to float placement

Background I have seen Increase badness based on distance between float and reference which was closed as a duplicate of our generic How to influence the position of float environments like figure ...
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Draw perpendicular line from intersection to axes

I want to draw perpendicular lines from the intersecting points to the axes. \documentclass{standalone} \usepackage{pgf, tikz} \usetikzlibrary{plotmarks,arrows,calc} \usepackage{pgfplots} ...
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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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knitr: LaTex Longtable spanning several pages with word continued at bottom and caption appears only once in list of tables

I want to have longtable spanning several pages with word continued at right bottom of the table and its caption appearing only one in the list of tables using knitr. Below is my MWE in .Rnw format. ...
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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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psboxit.sty not found MacTeX (mac osx)

Few days back, I had an installation of Mactex 2013 and it was working fine for my current writeup which included package psboxit.sty. Due to some reasons, I had to remove that version (which I did ...
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Type the word “LaTeX” in special font [duplicate]

How do I type "LaTeX" in the classic special TeX font where it's all different sizes?
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Why do we use the Latex logo when referring to Latex in text? [closed]

It seems standard practice, when typesetting with Latex, to put the Latex logo in the text whenever we are referring to Latex itself (usually through the \LaTeX command). Why do we do this? It's ...
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\usepackage[T1]{fontenc} get error: Metric File not found [duplicate]

I installed Ubuntu on my PC and tried to set up a LaTeX Editor. \documentclass[11pt]{article} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} %\usepackage[latin]{fontenc} If I uncomment the last line, I get the ...
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Compile full project in main folder and partial chapters in subfolders

I have a project like this Project/ MakeFile main.tex bibliography.bib Chapter_1/ file.tex figs/ Chapter_2/ file.tex figs/ ... Chapter_n/ file.tex figs/ When ...
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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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Set up MacTex distribution as default on mac os

I have installed the MacTex distribution on OSX10 and until now I've been using the TexShop editor quite successfully. I want to change and start writing latex using the Vim editor but I haven't ...
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Emacs + SyncTex + Evince

I am trying to setup forward search and inverse search between Emacs 24.3.1 and Auctex under Ubuntu 14.04. Forward search is working fine by enable TeX-source-correlate-mode in Emacs but while ...
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Vertically aligned table in plainTeX / LaTeX / Context etc

My last answer about vertically aligned table inspired me to write my first question at this site. How to create the following table in various TeX approaches: plainTeX, LaTeX, Context, eplain, OPmac ...
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Using input to read a table into a beamer. I want to neglect the table environment and keep only the tabular environment

I'm trying to input a table into my beamer and resize the table. But since the table file contains a table environment and a caption, I couldn't do like this: \resizebox{\linewidth}{!}{ ...
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Latex - Problems with #

I've got a problem with this error: You can't use `macro parameter character #' in horizontal mode. This error appeared suddenly in strange place after I add next bibtex to my bibliography. Error ...
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What is .tex file in TeX Live for?

If I run kpsewhich .tex I get /usr/local/texlive/2013/texmf-dist/tex/latex/tools/.tex This file belongs to LaTeX core files and is nearly empty: %% %% This is file `.tex', %% generated with the ...
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Good resources to understand how LaTeX is constructed layer after layer? [duplicate]

I have been a user of LaTeX for a couple of years now, and I would like to start to be involved in the writing packages. The problem is that currently, a lot of things appear to me as "black magic". ...
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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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What is the dollar sign ($) used for when writing LaTeX code? [duplicate]

In LaTeX examples I sometimes see formulas included in dollar signs ($d+o$). Why?
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Preamble anywhere

If I want to use a set of macros in my tex document, I have to obviously include the appropriate packages IN THE PREAMBLE. So now, i write a 100 page document, with 55 packages already included (in a ...
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Is this possible to modifying the .sty file? [duplicate]

Interested to modifying the fontawesome.sty file?
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Which primitives does LaTeX2e rename/move?

TeX's primitives can be renamed by macro formats/packages: this allows new/altered features or behaviours. Usually this is done such that the originals are still available ('renamed'): certainly ...
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Sublime Latexing and Knitr on .RNW files : Send lines to R console for evaluation

I am using Sublime Text 3 and the Latexing package to apply Knitr to compile .Rnw files that contain both Latex and R code. Overall, it works well in that I can compile the .Rnw files into PDFs ...
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Why do we use a star (*) after a command in LaTeX? [duplicate]

I sometimes see some code snippets including star (*) with command such as \hspace*{.5em}, \newcommand*{}, \chapter*{}. I wonder what the star is for in latex format when collaborating with a ...
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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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What is the latest progress in the realm of TeX? [closed]

Motivation TeX.SE as well as external resources contain information from as far as 2010 regarding e.g. LuaTeX, XeLaTeX, microtype, and popular dilemmas such as KOMA/memoir or babel/polyglossia, which ...
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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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Does the LaTeX kernel define font-shape macros that expand to `it', `sc', etc.?

I need to perform a test on the current font shape. More specifically, I need to detect whether the current font shape is italic or slanted. Joseph Wright already provided a solution in his answer to ...
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How do you make a proof not italic?

I am new to LaTex. The following is my proof. How do I code it so that it's not italic? \\Proof: \indent \forall A \in \mathcal{A}, let B_{A} \: be \: the \: collection \: of \: all \: subsets \: ...
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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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LaTeX tables in pandoc, captions

If I feed a simple LaTeX table to Pandoc, e.g. \begin{table}[h!] \begin{tabular}{ll} x&y\\ \end{tabular} \caption{A caption} \end{table} and convert it to HTML using pandoc -s table.tex -o ...
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Reference of Latex/Plain Tex control sequences [closed]

I'm looking for a reference of the control sequences defined in Latex and plain Tex similar to this one for the build-in primitives. The Texbook states that there are about 600 macros in plain Tex. ...
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Special string like \LaTeX [duplicate]

I am looking for a list of all the strings the render special in LaTeX, for example \latex and \python, I believe are both special. Are there others? Is there a list somewhere?
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What date should I specify in the optional argument of \NeedsTeXFormat?

Subsection 4.1 of LaTeX2e for class and package writers contains the following passage: \NeedsTeXFormat {⟨format-name⟩} [⟨release-date⟩] This command tells TeX that this file should be ...
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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 ...