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Using powers in \dimexpr

The code \documentclass{memoir} \begin{document} \fontsize{\dimexpr 1.2^{3} 10pt}{\dimexpr 1.2^{3} 10pt}\selectfont Hello TeXworld. \end{document} does not work. Why not? EDIT: I need a solution ...
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How to print a length accurately and with user-controlled rounding?

Tried the printlen package, but it seems to not understand what 2.5in means: \documentclass{minimal} \usepackage{printlen} \uselengthunit{in} \begin{document} \newlength{\advertwidth} ...
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LaTeX equivalent of \wd [closed]

Please consider the following code: \newsavebox{\mybox} \savebox{\mybox}{some text} \newlength{\widthmybox} \settowidth{\widthmybox}{\usebox{\mybox}} Is \widthmybox then equivalent to \wd\mybox?
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TeX/LaTeX: Macro for getting a length as number

I would like to write a macro getlengthin to get a length or dimen as floating point number in a specified unit. Here is what I have created so far: \documentclass{article} ...
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scrlttr2 location positioning question

I would like to have the text of the variable location to be right aligned with the text of the main body. So I tried to redefine the length lochpos to be the same as refhpos, because the margin on ...
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What's the meaning of the command \number and when to use it? And some confusion about the following code

\setcounter{numofgaps}{\numexpr\number\value{numofboxes}-1} \setlength{\truetextsectionwidth}{\textsectionwidth-\number\value{numofgaps}\gapwidth} The above code is a snippet from the answer of How ...
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How does PDF or PDF Viewer define a rounding rule for stroke thickness?

I defined a sequence of line segments of different thickness each as follows. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{multido} \parindent=0sp \begin{document} ...
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Calculating with different types of variables

Is there any way to calculate the height of a node in a tikz pictures and to divide a length by an another length to get a counter and to round it up? If yes where could i read after the subject of ...
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How to solve the Arithmetic overflow problem?

I was making an article and everything was going alright, when suddenly I got an error: The error: Arithmetic overflow. \calc@Acount l.78 ...qwe dqweqwrwf qewrfrQ aRF EFCas drfFR}{62} My article ...
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How to divide two lengths and get a result as an integer?

I have a problem dividing two lenghts and getting a result as an integer. I was trying to use this package: \usepackage[nomessages]{fp} It didn't really work for me. I tried it multiple ways, but it ...
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Measure distance from text to bottom margin

I'm making some boxes for providing answers. The box macro takes the height of the box as an argument. I need to measure the remaining space from the line the box starts at, to the bottom of the page. ...
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Using lengthconvert with siunitx S column

I need to align numbers in a table. The numbers are generated from the \Convert command from the lengthconvert package. I want to use an S column from the siunitx package to align the numbers, but ...
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Why \newlength is not profiled as \newcommand?

While commands are defined and set in one step with \newcommand, lengths need two steps for this: \newlength and then \setlength. Because \newlength{\foo}{1cm} would be easier than ...
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How do I assess the length of text within a pgffor \foreach loop [duplicate]

I would like to be able to write something like the following: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{calc} \newlength\aelengtha \newlength\aelengthb \newlength\aelengthc ...
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How can I change the indentation in quote and quotation environments and commands?

I need to change the indentation that the quote and quotation environments and commands employ. I assume that there is some length I need to set, but I've googled around, and cannot find what I am ...
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What are skip values? [duplicate]

On page 5 of the titlesec manual (released on June 14, 2000), it is written that full skip values, including the plus and minus parameters can be abbreviated as * n. The example on page 24-25 (the ...
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How to obtain specific distance between image and caption in beamer?

I'm trying to set the the caption 1pt below the image in a figure in beamer. If I set \abovecaptionskip to 0pt there is still a gap between the image and the caption. This results from the ...
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Use dimensions \totalheight \depth for inline TikZ drawing

I want to use the current text's dimensional properties for constructing an inline TikZ image, such as an icon. The properties I have in mind for use are \height \depth \totalheight as described ...
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Get current font size as length

I understand from THIS question that the current font size can be determined. But how can I convert this to a length value? \documentclass[10pt,a4paper]{article} \newlength{\mytextsize} %This ...
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Tikz - move/reposition arrow decorations (arrowhead length/size)

I'm trying to build a 'dimension line' macro for Tikz: \documentclass{article} % note: with \documentclass{minimal}, this example fails with: % ! Undefined control sequence. % ...
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settowidth in substack

I am aware of Align in Substack, but I am trying another solution and would like to understand why it is not working: \documentclass{article}% \usepackage{amsmath}% \newlength{\mylength}% ...
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Different behavior of setlength and settowidth

In this example, I would expect all "MMM" to be well-aligned to each other. But they aren't: \documentclass{article}% \usepackage{amsmath}% \newcommand{\before}{mmm}% \newcommand{\after}{MMM}% ...
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How to have a precise control on the size of each page?

I would like to produce a pdf document whose pages have various lengths and fixed widths. An easier situation The easiest case would be for instance: the first page has a length of 10cm all the ...
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Overview of page geometry, font sizes etc. of common document classes

Has someone precompiled a tabular or annotated graphical overview of the default lengths etc. of common LaTeX classes (standard, Koma/scr, memoir, beamer …) and put it on the net? I didn’t find any. ...
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How to log the value of a variable?

I am debugging a set of macros. The error seems to come from \vspace*{\dimexpr0.000000cm-\topskip plus 1fill}. How can I log the value of the length? I have tried ...
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Difference between \textwidth, \linewidth and \hsize

The three lengths \textwidth, \linewidth and \hsize seem to all hold the width of the current line. At least I never saw some real difference between \textwidth and \linewidth in my code. Both seem to ...
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What is the correct expression to exactly divide \textheight into n rows?

I want to create a table exactly occupying the whole printed area with no space left. The table consists of 5 rows per page, as follows. \documentclass[table]{article} ...
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Length of horizontal footnote separator [duplicate]

I need to reduce the length of the horizontal line that separates text body from footnotes. I am a beginner, using report document class.
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What is the difference between \hspace*{\fill} and \hfill?

In the memoir manual on page 183 ,this example is given: \begin{figure} \centering \hspace*{\fill} {ILLUSTRATION 1} \hfill {ILLUSTRATION 2} \hspace*{\fill} \caption{Example float with two ...
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\settolength issue

I want a horizontal length to have the same length as the word "physique". This is what I have tried: \documentclass{article} \usepackage[latin1]{inputenc} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} ...
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Using skip (glue) with pgfmath (truncating plus/minus parts from a glue length)?

Consider the following MWE: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \newlength{\tlen} \newlength{\tlenB} \begin{document} \setlength{\tlen}{2cm} \typeout{check 1, tlen is: \the\tlen} ...
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Scaling a glue in TeX

is there a possibility to scale a glue in TeX? Consider the following example: \newskip\foo \newskip\bar \foo=10pt plus 2pt minus 3pt \bar=2.5\foo\relax \showthe\foo \showthe\bar \bye When ...
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Other methods to determine the page size of an external pdf?

I would like to query the page size of an external PDF in a document. I can box an included PDF and measure the box (with or without actually using the box), as shown in the MWE, but I'm wondering if ...
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Draw parallel lines each one with a fixed length

I am trying to create parallel lines in tikz. Although I can create those lines, I can't seem to be able to control the length of those lines, which I want them to stop in the red box's face. My code ...
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Table title to match table body (in terms of length)

I have a table with 4 columns and my title seems to be far bigger than the main body of the table. This does not look quite good. Is there anyway to have the length of those two be the same, or at ...
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A command line Latex calculator?

I often need to check what a length expression like "20pt + 2 cm" would resolve to -- and of course, I'd rather do something quick on the command line / shell / terminal, than typing ...
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Is there an `ex` unit equivalent for the capital 'X' in LaTeX

In LaTeX, the ex unit represents the height of a lowercase 'x' in the current font. Is there a length in LaTeX that represents the height of a capital 'X'?
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Save length with \let command

I want to save \fboxsep length in \oldfboxsep and use it later. The following code doesn't work: \newlength{\oldfboxsep} \let\oldfboxsep\fboxsep % 3pt by default \setlength{\fboxsep}{8pt} ...
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Free - dereference - release - delete a newdimen length?

Somewhat similar to How to erase/delete a counter, I guess, but for \newdimen... So, consider the MWE: \documentclass{standalone} \usepackage{tikz} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} ...
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A reusable newlength (no stop/break if length already defined)

Often I have separate .tikz files, which may contain stuff like \newlength{\mytmplen}; and given I'm not very original with names, the same statement ends up in multiple such files. Which turns out to ...
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\leftskip, \linewidth and minipage

I have an environment with a minipageof the length \linewidth-\parindent (using the calc package). When I stick this in a place where \leftskip=\parindent it protrudes in the margin. Shouldn't ...
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Using \textwidth via strip@pt with beamer and the picture environment

OK, I admit I haven't tried my MWE without Beamer. My goal is to use e.g \textwidth with the picture environment, and my overall goal is to include several rectangular portions of an .eps file within ...
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Updating length variable inside longtabu working strangely

I have a table, and I want one column to show a running total on each line, i.e., it has to show the total of the values of another column up to that row. I thought about accumulating the total into a ...
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Is there a pre-defined width that covers the text area and the margin?

Is there a pre-defined width that covers both the text and margin areas? Correct me if I am wrong, but it would basically be equal to \textwidth+\marginparsep+\parginparwidth. Is that provided by ...
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How can the dimensions of a box be retrieved with LaTeX

One can specify a box in LaTeX, using various methods for example: \newsavebox{\Abox} \savebox{\Abox}{\parbox{4cm}{\lorem}} \usebox{\Abox} How can I retrieve the width, height and depth of the ...
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Document length iopart.cls no more than 12 pages?

I am using iopart.cls to write an article, the problem is when I compile the document the dvi is cut to the twelfth page, how can I do? Please help me!!!
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Set length to the line height of a particular font

How to define new length using : \newlength{...} \setlength{...}{...} and equal to the line height of a particular font (for example \tiny\ttfamily) Note : I want a solution which does not involve ...
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newlfm package missing documented \greettoskipbefore command

While writing a letter using newlfm, I tried using the \greettoskipbefore command from page 8 of the manual and I received an "undefined control sequence" error. Looking at the source, it looks like ...
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Dante Monotype typeface and fractions

I am handling a text which is natively written in a proprietary LaTeX documentclass which implements Dante Monotype fontface. In this text there is a lot of maths and I would say that it works, ...
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Disable \setlength{\parskip}{\baselineskip} on \tableofcontents

I use \setlength{\parskip}{\baselineskip} and it is great. But I want to disable it just for the \tableofcontents. Is it possible?