{obsolete} is about outdated packages like `ae` and `here`, and the best practices to replace them.

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Does it matter if I use \textit or \it, \bfseries or \bf, etc

I typically use \textit{Some italicized text} while some of my colleagues use {\it Some other text} Should I bother changing one or the other, or does it matter?
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Will two-letter font style commands (\bf , \it , …) ever be resurrected in LaTeX?

I understand that \bf and \it are now obsolete in LaTeX and that \textbf and \textit are proper, as they produce more sophisticated (in particular, cumulative and properly kerned) changes to font ...
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Why is the ifthen package obsolete?

In the LaTeX companion, the authors recommend to use the package ifthen for complex conditional. But in his answer to LaTeX conditional expression Will Robertson doesn't mention it, and in the ...
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How to keep up with packages and know which ones are obsolete?

I'm an on and off user of LaTeX so I'm not familiar with every package out there. Having said that, whenever I use LaTeX and need to accomplish a certain goal (i.e. generate a list of appendices), I ...
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A MiKTeX update removed amsmath as obsolete – can I use another package or get it back?

I have a problem with amsmath package. After an update this package was removed because it was obsolete. But what package can use instead of amsmath?
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Is the tabu package obsolete?

When I stumbled upon tabu some time ago it looked quite interesting on a first glance and I intended to learn more about it when I have the time. But, in the comments section of this question posted ...
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Always \textrm, never \rm? A counterexample?

Let us see the following code: \documentclass{article} \begin{document} \newtheorem{theorem}{Theorem} \begin{theorem} TFAE \begin{itemize} \item[(i)] $0<1$; \item[(ii)] $1>0$. \end{itemize} ...
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If I have TeX Live 2011 how to install a previous version of biblatex (1.0)?

I install from the internet TeX Live 2011. I have to use MLA to write all my papers, and I have this problem: biblatex-mla sometimes \autocite[prenote][pg]{key} is not printing the author's name ...
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Is the pdfsync package still relevant?

I just got a bug report for multicol because of a strange white space at the top of the first column and I traced it to the use of the pdfsync package that added material in various places that did ...
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Is there a way to revert manually to earlier versions of a package?

Is there a way to revert manually to earlier versions of a package? I know this is a bit weird but I need previous versions of some packages for some reason.
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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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Controlling the exact position of objects on a page

I'm using Linux on a server (CentOS 5) to generate a one page PDF report using LaTeX. The LaTeX distribution is quite old - latex --version returns the following: pdfeTeX 3.141592-1.21a-2.2 (Web2C ...
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Arxiv.org: remove borders around hyperlinks

The answers to this question already explain how to remove the borders around hyperlinks. However, if I submit a manuscript to Arxiv.org, it seems that their system somehow manages to override the ...
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What's the difference between \usepackage{ngerman} and \usepackage[ngerman]{babel}

Is there something additional that \usepackage[ngerman]{babel} does that a simple \usepackage{ngerman} won't be able to do?
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problem with moderncv and \bf inside bibliography

I've this problem using moderncv. I'm using multibib and the first bibliography entry is: @article{Aad:2011tw, author = "Aad, Georges and others", title = "{Measurement of the ...
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Are ae and aeguill only needed when using CM fonts?

I am using the memoir class with the option extrafontsizes so as I understood this uses the LM fonts and at the same time set the T1 encoding. If this is correct, are the packages ae and aeguill ...
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Are maxnames or minnames legal options for printbibliography?

I haven't been doing much LaTeX'ing and just installed TeX live 2012 last night. Now one of my documentation projects stops compiling due to the following snippet: \chapter{List of publications} ...