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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...