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Best way to compile a LaTeX project

Quite long time ago I was extensively using LaTeX with a Makefile that I have found on internet. This allowed me to automatically build/rebuild my project as many time as it was needed to get ...
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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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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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Difference between Latex, Texwork and WinEdt

I have a small doubt and i am a novice in this field: i googled it, but i couldn't find it out. What is difference between TeXworks (i am using it and i knew that somewhat), Latex and WinEdt? This ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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How do LaTeX macros interact with the TeX engine? [duplicate]

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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How do I install, learn and benefit maximally by using LaTeX [duplicate]

I am new to LaTeX, but learnt that it's the best document preparation as researchers. I have downloaded ProTeX, but I do not know anything about coding and programming, how do I ( I am a PhD ...
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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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Math Input Panel in Windows 7 and LaTeX writing

I just found out about the Math Input Panel in Windows 7,and now there is commercial software using it for LaTex writing. For example Inlage. If you have a look of their first demo video, you know ...
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what is the equivalent of \reserveinserts in latex 2015

The release 2015 of LaTeX has included features of the etex.sty package. However, it does not have included the \reserveinserts command. My questions is very simple: what is the mechanism to use to ...
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Where is the LaTeX manual?

Helpful members of the community just solved my problem with \newcommand: What's wrong with my newcommand? But in trying to solve it, I got an error message referring to p. 192 of "the manual". ...
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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 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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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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Does a tool exist which can take a LaTeX equation and convert it to a format suitable for evaluation in Wolfram's Mathematica?

I use LaTeX to type up my homework, but as I work I often need to pop things into Mathematica (or manually type them in, or manually use my TI-89, etc.). Currently, I've been manually translating ...
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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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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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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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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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Best Way to Start Using LaTeX/TeX?

I'm not really a programmer but I'm quite interested in learning how to use LaTeX/TeX. I've looked it up on Wikipedia and scanned through it and the documents created through this way of editing is ...
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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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What new bits have already been implemented in LaTeX3? Will my current documents (with many packages) still compile with LaTeX3?

I do know that LaTeX3 is a long term project, but I'm interested to find out what's new in LaTeX3 and have there already been any big advancements and backwards incompatible changes.
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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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What is the difference between TeX and LaTeX?

I know LaTeX and I've heard that LaTeX is a set of macros in TeX. But what does it exactly mean?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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useless efforts in the development of LaTeX-related tools?

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