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Converting LyX to LaTeX

I'm working with a colleague who uses LyX (I use LaTeX), and we have a hard time exchanging documents because of conversion issues. Is there any easy way to convert LyX to LaTeX and vice versa?
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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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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 professions use TeX/LaTeX besides CS?

TeX and LaTeX are widely used in Computer Science. What other academic disciplines or professionals use it?
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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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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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is there a minimal converter of well-defined latex to xhtml?

is there a good clean minimal converter of well-defined latex code into html (preferably perl)? I have played with htlatex and latex2html, but they are too ambitious and too complex in their goals ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Reference of Latex/Plain Tex control sequences

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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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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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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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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Most significant reasons that led us to (La)TeX

Looking back, what really convinced you to begin writing with TeX or LaTeX? This question is "community wiki", so there's no reputation to lose or to gain. Please don't write advantages of TeX and ...
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Why should I use LaTeX?

I have heard a lot about LaTeX, but never used it myself. It is mainly used for typesetting professional research papers. But I am not writing research papers. Is LaTeX for me? If yes, why should 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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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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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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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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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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What is LaTeX? a software or a makup 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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LaTeX in Industry

I know LaTeX is used a lot in academia to format papers and dissertations. How is LaTeX used in industry and what are some examples? I am wondering whether knowing LyX will give me a leverage when ...
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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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Creating a Combined Table of Contents for Multiple LaTeX Documents [closed]

My research diary is composed of many separate LaTeX documents each with their own sections and subsections. Is there an (easy) way to extract all of these section and subsection headings from these ...
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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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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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High-profile cases of non-compliance with the LaTeX Project Public License?

As I'm getting more and more interested in releasing packages of my own in the future, I just read the LaTeX Project Public License (or LPPL). This document defines, among other things, the rules for ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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Can I release a class file created by me under gpl?

I have created a LaTeX class file. Can I release a class file created by me under gpl?
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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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“Well-formed” LaTeX?

Some "commands" in LaTeX are stand-alone. For example \documentclass{...} or \textemdash. Some others have closing "commands". For example, \begin{document} and \end{document}, or \begin{equation} ...
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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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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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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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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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What is the main difference between command latex, tex, pdflatex, pdftex … and all the other commands? [duplicate]

I am new to TeX world, and I use pdfLatex very often. But sometimes pdfLatex do not work. So I begin to wonder what the difference between all these tex commands. Please give me some guiding ...
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why latex templates downloaded from latextemplates.com not working in my tex editor?

I downloaded templates from latextemplates.com and opened them in texeditor and kile and while compiling it gives so many errors but I am able to compile them online on share latex website.Can anyone ...
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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 ...