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How do package authors find the time?

Not sure if this question belongs here, on the main site, or not on TeX.SX at all. Let me know if it belongs somewhere else. I have recently made some leaps in my knowledge of LaTeX, in particular ...
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What is missing in LaTeX?

I have been reading this article and started to think about the position of LaTeX amongst the current competitors. Currently, I am using it (or XeTeX) even for ‘casual writing’ and sometimes I spend ...
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Is it still worth it to learn TeX?

I think I've reached the stage to where I can't get any better at producing documents that look the way I want them to unless I put serious effort into learning how to write the kind of ...
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Write new package with LaTeX2e or LaTeX3

I’m planning to create a package and I wonder if it’s better do do this with LaTeX3 syntax or the „old“ LaTeX2e, which is the one I know. Will LaTeX2e packages be supported by LaTeX3? I can give ...
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What are the differences between TeX counts and LaTeX counters?

The title already states the whole question. It has been answered by Joseph Wright at http://www.texdev.net/2009/11/17/tex-counts-and-latex-counters/, but I have not seen the according answer here at ...
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The most convenient file format to switch between latex and a word processor back and forth

I have to work on a project to create some docs, the problem is that the others have to only consider the content of docs while I care about the font, the margin, and all the others stuff with latex. ...
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Is TeX as word and logo a trade mark?

A few days ago I talked with someone about writing a book about TeX and we came to the question if TeX as a word and its Logo (and the related things like LaTeX, XeTeX, …, package names etc.) are ...
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Writing a software book with LaTex - General Advise

I am a so new to Tex and I am trying to learn now. I decided to write a so simple software (ASP.NET 4.0) book for myself to learn it with a real example. So, I have the following structure for now : ...
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Statistics about LaTeX use in the world

Are there any statistics about the use of LaTeX in the world? In which countries? In which journals/fields of research? Number of articles using LaTeX? etc.?
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Creating a ConTeXt/LaTeX hybrid module

I have a simple titlepage, which I want to make available for ConTeXt- as well as LaTeX users. Each should just type \usemodule[myTitlepage], or \usepackage{myTitlepage}, respectively. I want to do ...
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How LaTeX compiler is written

Looking for some introductory materials on LaTeX compiler. I would like to know more about how a LaTeX compiler is built
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List of higher-level LaTeX commands corresponding to TeX commands

Since LaTeX is a format built on top of TeX, it surely has several high level abstractions that perform similarly to TeX commands, with some added error-handling functionality, for example. I always ...
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Is it feasible to using data binding within Latex?

A year ago, I worked for a company doing .NET to create a customer report. They use DevExpress to generate a report based on customers' requirements. However, I realized the way it works is just ...
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Where can I find a list of the LaTeX command line options?

I am using MiKTeX 2.9 on Windows, and am working with TeXnicCenter. I can see in the build profiles that LaTeX can take command-line options, for instance: --src -interaction=nonstopmode Try as I ...
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LaTeX structure

I have question about LaTeX structure and how LaTeX works? Is it just a set of macros for TeX? What happens, when I call latex somefile.tex? Does latex just includes somefile into a file, which ...
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Books written using TeX

As part of my research I need to find the detailed list of books written using TeX, LaTeX.... I am from Computer Science background, and found some books written making use of TeX, LaTeX... Could you ...
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latex default settings paper, font, size, page numbering

I'm having a hard time grasping the structure of my "TeX" installation ... it is Tex Live 2010. I'm a european user - so some default settings are included ... but I need the most general, most ...
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Cunning (La)TeX tricks

Writing (La)TeX code sometimes requires a degree of guile. Here (in no particular order) are two of my favourite examples. Macros ending with spaces Pete asked how to see the implementation of ...
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What are the different applications of LaTeX?

I am in the research field and am new to the world of Tex and find it really fascinating. I never knew about this, until I was asked to write my research results as tex files, that is in the LaTeX ...
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What is the correct pronunciation of TeX and LaTeX?

Is it tex(tech)? Or Is it tex(like touch)? Lay-TeX? or La-TeX? Should I use TeX pronunciation in LaTeX?
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Customizing layout and typesetting with Latex, what I need to know?

I've been using LaTeX sparingly in the last years to write lab reports, my thesis etc. I've always had a problem with layout customization and typesetting in general. I would like to fine tune each ...
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Convert TeX -> C++/Java -> PDF

Recently I've seen LaTeX sources and convinced those are very complicated and difficult for understanding. So my question is: Is that possible to convert LaTeX kernel sources to some widely used ...
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Why is LaTeX separated into many thousands of packages?

This question might belong elsewhere but I figured if I posted it here I might come across someone that deals behind the scenes of LaTeX. I'm an assistant Linux Admin at my school and we install LaTeX ...
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Where can I find file latex.‎tex?

Where can I find file latex.‎tex?‎ I don't have it in my tex ‎distribution‎. I‎ ‎have ‎only ‎file ‎latex.ltx ‎on ‎my ‎system. By the way, I'm using Texlive 2010.
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ConTeXt using LaTeX style files

I've just discovered ConTeXt for the first time, and it looks pretty sweet. However, it is near-useless to me if I cannot use LaTeX style files for formatting (i.e. for journal/conference papers). ...
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Bundle packages with a document

I'd like to have my LaTeX document be self-contained, that is, if I move to another computer I'd like all of my non-standard packages to work without first installing them. For simple enough packages ...
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Is LaTeX outdated?

Word processors are getting better these days, and I'm wondering if LaTeX was a solution in the past for a buggy Microsoft Word, and it programmatically gave you the options to do formatting. I'm ...
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Proper style macros. [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to write (La)TeX (with braces) [or any other TeX-related logo] I have one of the oddest questions. I know of the macros \LaTeX and \TeX that typesets LaTeX and TeX ...
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LaTeX from Scientific Workplace

I am using this program "Scientific Workplace", which seems to have a proprietary-non-standard version of LaTeX, i.e., a version that cannot be readily interpreted by standard Latex readers; I ...
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Difference between LaTeX, LaTeX2e, LaTeX3 ?

I was wondering, what is the difference between LaTeX, LaTeX2e and LaTeX3. Are the 2 higher versions available for use? I use LaTeX. How can I use the other 2 on Windows 7?
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Why are there no alternatives to TeX, or, why is TeX still used? [closed]

I'm fairly new to TeX and LaTeX, having been drawn in by the Big Idea — creating a document programmatically. However, my experience of TeX (and its libraries — LaTeX, ConTeXt, …) has been almost ...
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Keeping the names of things consistent in LyX.

I'm documenting a software project using LyX and many of the "things" (classes, processes, etc.) that I'm describing don't yet have good names. As my understanding of these things improves, I want to ...
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Where do I start LaTeX programming?

I'm interested in writing packages for TeX/LaTeX/XeLaTeX. I googled around, but all I found was guides or tutorials about how to prepare documents using LaTeX. I want to know how LaTeX works and how ...
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Submitting a journal article as a single tex file

Although many academic journals readily accept submissions in some format of TeX, indeed some enlightened ones insist on it, it is rare that one can simply send exactly the same document that one has ...
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Styleguide for LaTeX similar to the Google styleguides?

Even though I don't work at Google, the Google Styleguides have been very helpful for me in adopting consistent, readable style conventions for my code. Unfortunately, there is no Google Styleguide ...
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What are the benefits of writing resumes in TeX/LaTeX?

Today, I've written my resume in LaTeX and it looks great and all It took me about 2 hours to get everything right But I've been thinking, what benefits do I get from writing it in LaTeX rather than ...
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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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LaTeX project file system structure and Ouput dir on TeXworks

I am writing a report that contain numerous sub items. For better organizing the report, it is broken in many smaller pieces (around 60), this is done to make it easier for to work distributed with ...
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LaTeX Markup Options?

I was wondering what prevented the implementation of a MarkDown system in (La)TeX? I know that pandoc does a conversion of MarkDown with extra features to LaTeX. I also know that many are happy with ...
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How to write (La)TeX (with parentheses) [or any other TeX-related logo]

I'm looking after a macro to write the (La)TeX logo (with parentheses), i.e. something similar to \TeX, \LaTeX, but where the output includes ()'s.
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What makes LaTeX typeset basic \rightarrow arrowheads differently?

Recently I typeset the same document on two different computers—once on my Mac and once on a machine running Ubuntu. (Both have the latest release of TeX Live, or whatever the standard distro ...
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What is with the unsightly overlap at the top of the index pages in source2e.pdf?

I notice that in source2e.pdf, the Index section has a running header that intersects with the top of the main text on each page, like so: (Actually, this seems to happen with some other sections, ...
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useless efforts in the development of LaTeX-related tools ?

This question/concern may sound like a troll but it it not. I'm more and more concerned on how relevant it is too dedicate energy to the development of next generation tools like LaTeX3, LuaTex, ...
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Examples with the purpose of learning LaTeX?

I have a basic understanding of LaTeX. But I would like to learn more through LaTeX examples or real world usage (probably commented). Where can such be found?
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The key to understanding the LaTeX syntax

I'm having serious problems understanding the syntax of LaTeX well. I know a lot of programming languages but LaTeX still is a little cryptic for me. Do you know what the key to fully understanding it ...
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LaTeX in Word/Office 2011?

I remember I read somewhere out there that Office 2011 Word will support TeX (LaTeX). Is this true? I have Office 2011 on my Mac but I cannot find anything related to TeX.
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File extensions of LaTeX-related files

In addition to the .tex and .dvi or .pdf files, TeX/LaTeX/ConTeXt produces and uses lots of other files. What do they do? Which ones are used to create the document and which ones are automatically ...
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Write LaTeX with LaTeX [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Typesetting LaTeX Source Code Hi all, i would like to know suggestions on how can I write an explicative text of LaTeX using LaTeX. Till now I use ...
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No simple UTF8 support in latex?

The following should look good in your browser, AND compile in Latex looking beautiful right? \documentclass{article} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} \begin{document} UTF-8 test: \begin{verbatim} logic: ...
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What are TeX and LaTeX?

I'm surprised no one else has asked this question. It's not explained very well in the FAQ or site descriptions either. I know many of you will think "LMGTFY", "RTFM", or "ask wikipedia", but I'd ...