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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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(La)TeX Logo - Where does it come from? [duplicate]

Being a big fan of "logo design" I was wondering where the (La)TeX logo comes from. I found Custom LaTeX logo explaining how to make my own (La)TeX like logo. Since everything within (La)TeX ...
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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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List of agreed transliterations for TeX related logos for ebook publications?

Addison-Wesley is currently looking at providing an ebook version of The LaTeX Companion and while this is fairly simple if one provides it as a PDF document, any reflowable format, such as epub, ...
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How do packages work ? Why aren't they all pre-initiated?

I have been using LaTeX for about a month now and whenever I have a question, most answers involve adding new packages to the preamble. My question is, how do these packages work? Are they all ...
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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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How are (La)TeX projects financed?

Not sure if this is appropriate for TEX.SX, but I'll ask anyway. Though not a question on the use or feature of (La)TeX and friends, this question is relevant inasmuch as it is about the financial ...
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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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Static analysis of LaTeX documents?

For programming languages like C, C++, C#, Java and so on there always exist some kind of static analysers, tools that check the sourcecode for unreachable code, unused variables, memory leaks and ...
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Printing >, <, and % in LaTeX [duplicate]

Please help me with this. How to print >, < and % in LaTeX. Backslash doesn't seem to work!
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Custom symbol on top of a variable which automatically gets scaled?

I want a custom symbol on top of a variable. The problem is that the symbol size always keeps the same if the variable size is changed. In a more sophisticated formula with fractions etc. that looks ...
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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 ...
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How is it possible to put hidden data in LaTeX?

In my LaTeX document, I would like to put hidden data, like a marker or tag. The idea behind it is to be able to return an explicit error message. For example in this latex file, I would like to put a ...
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How to write LaTeX comments in Visual Studio 2012 [closed]

I want to write comments in Visual Studio (2012) that contain LaTeX syntax. There is some plug-in to add to Visual Studio that will enable me to write comment in LaTeX and then see it as LaTeX (e.g. ...
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Handwritten math formula recognition to LaTeX [closed]

I am looking for a way to integrate handwritten math formula recognition (to LaTex) in my app. A good example of this can be seen here http://webdemo.visionobjects.com/equation.html?locale=default ...
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Why use plain TeX exclusively and eschew LaTeX2e entirely, nowadays? [duplicate]

I was surprised to learn that some users, as show in this post, stil insist on working exclusively in plain Tex, as opposed to LaTeX. I most certainly understand the benefits of occasionally ...
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Is combination of markdown and LaTeX a future trend of LaTeX development? [closed]

I think markdown language is encroaching on the market of LaTeX, could latex developers share about your opinions on this language? Do you think a kind of combination of markdown and LaTeX be a good ...
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Linking Maple outputs to Latex [closed]

I'm doing a report in latex on matrices and matrix exponentials and have used maple to work out some results and do some checks. I need to show these results in my report on Latex,is there anyway I ...
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What sequence of documents should I read to know “all of” TeX and then LaTeX?

I know that there are a already number of questions on this site about good instructional (La)TeX materials for users at different levels. What I am interested in, though, is what set of documents ...
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.sty suffix (extension) for LaTeX packages

I understand that the suffix .cls stands for classes. Then, why packages don't have the suffix .pkg, but rather have .sty?
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How best to procrastinate and learn LaTeX?

Slightly tongue-in-cheek this one but written in good faith... I am a competent user of LaTeX and use it with Eclipse as IDE, MacTexlive as install, and XeTeX as engine to author my PhD. However, ...
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Beyond of the LaTeX [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: In what ways can TeX be used beyond document production? What else can we create in LaTeX besides aesthetically beautiful typeset documents? I know we can create theses, ...
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What is the meaning of moved letters on LaTeX logo?

I read many years ago about the meaning of TeX, coming from Greek letters, etc... Also I found many posts here related to the right way to write TeX, LaTeX and so on when it is not possible to use the ...
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How to tell people why packages become deprecated and shouldn't be used anymore?

I'm working with LaTeX for a while now. Writing more and more documents I've learned that there are packages that should not be used or got replaced by others. Looking into files my friends or ...
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How can I explain the meaning of LaTeX to my grandma?

I wrote a book about LaTeX, and my proud grandma wanted to have a copy. So she got it, said "What a beautiful picture on the cover!" and - "What is this, LaTeX?". She doesn't know Word, never used a ...
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Prerequisites for using LaTeX efficiently

I am a student (still in high school) who wants to start using LaTeX more regularly, however, I have on major problem: I know nothing about computer science or computer programming. And I mean ...
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Are LaTeX et al. languages or packages?

Are LaTeX and friends considered programming languages or packages? I'm applying to a job and would like my employer to know of my LaTeX proficiency. There's already a list of programming languages ...
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Why do some people still use TeX instead of LaTeX? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Reasons to use plain TeX Is it still worth it to learn TeX? I'm utterly curious to know why some people still use TeX instead of full featured LaTeX?
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How is the LaTeX 2e made?

I wanted to know how is the \LaTeXe symbol () made, I mean, the command definition of superscripts and subscripts on the "L", "A"... letters.
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Would using LaTex instead of LibreOffice benefit me for writing my dissertation?

I am a complete LaTeX/TeX novice. I know nothing about it and have never used it. I have been reading about it today as it was been recommended to me but I can't work out if it is suitable for my use ...
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How would (La)TeX be different if it had been created recently? [closed]

If Knuth/Lamport/anyone else had created a typesetting system with the flexibility and power of TeX, using everything we have learned about computation and programming languages in the last 35 years, ...
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XeLaTeX logo with pdfLaTeX? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to write (La)TeX (with braces) [or any other TeX-related logo] I try to typeset the XeLaTeX logo in a document that has to be run through pdfLaTeX (for a journal). ...
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The GPL and LaTeX packages [closed]

The GPL is viral. How does this apply to the LaTeX eco system if one uses a package licensed under the GPL2++? If I use it in a document, must the document also be licensed under the GPL? If I use ...
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Separation of content structure and style in LaTeX?

In HTML, over the last decade or so, there has been a strong push toward complete separation of content structure and style. Most websites are now built using HTML for structural mark-up, and CSS for ...
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Including a PDF for dvi output

I want to include a multipage-pdf in latex and get .dvi output. I know \include{pdfpages} only works with pdfLaTeX. I can't convert PDF to .eps since it is multi-page. I want to have .dvi output with ...
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Just curiosity about the 'LaTeX' name

It's common knowledge that the word 'TeX' was inspired by the Greek word 'τεχ' pronounced "tech". Just for satisfying my curiosity, anyone knows from where comes the letters 'La' in LaTeX?
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What is best way to mention that a document has been typeset with TeX?

Is there any common way to mention that a document has been typeset by TeX? So non-TeXnicians (TeXperts) may become a little familiar with the TeX world. Update: It would be nice if one hero make a ...
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5 year time bomb in LaTeX-Distributions?

There is a very weird thing: Five years after installation or release, TeX in various distributions seems to refuse to compile for no other reason than being old. We've had a question here this ...
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how to separate 3 tree latex [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Two diagrams side by side construction set of tree I have three trees in latex, I want to represent 2 like this and the third before both ? ...
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Using TeX in a report generator - Legal question

I would like to be able to generate a (dynamic) report automatically using TeX. My proposed solution is simple: A user clicks a button and The apropriate TeX code is generated (on runtime) and saved ...
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Who wrote “What are TeX, LaTeX, and friends?”

Who wrote What are TeX, LaTeX, and friends? I want to reference it in my article.
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How to print “LaTeX” as shown in many tutorials and books? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to write (La)TeX (with braces) [or any other TeX-related logo] I came across the tug tutorial, and writing down the very first basic example of printing simple ...
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Get certified in TeX/LaTeX

I was wondering if there are any ways to get certified in TeX/LaTeX? This would be useful, e.g., for providing a way of quantifying the expertise someone has with TeX, LaTeX or other TeX flavors.
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latex and e-readers

What is a best way of making math pdf files readable using an e-reader? One needs to reduce the number of characters per line, which one can do either by using the A5 paper option or with A4 paper by ...
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Restructure classic thesis project with subfolders using Kile

I would like to change the folder structure of the ClassicThesis project. My current folder setup looks like this. |-- bib // Some *.bib files. |-- bst // Some *.bst files. |-- cfg // Configuration ...
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Are there any projects which try to provide a subset of LaTeX functionality without being LaTeX?

I need some Information for my Bachelor Thesis and I couldn't find something in the web...because I didn't know exactly which term I should google... I'm interested in everything which try to provide ...
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Why is LaTeX used as the defacto standard for math equations?

In almost every application I've ever seen that uses math equations, it always supports LaTeX. If LaTeX does so much more than just math equations, why is it the defacto standard for math equations? ...
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Why are there lowercase letters in TeX and LaTeX?

Notice that the letters here are all uppercase. Is there any reason why we write TeX and LaTeX respectively? Is it for emphasis? Or does it just make it look similar to the staggered lettering of ...