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Verbatim Environment in Figure Caption

verbatim environment is not working in figure caption. Checked How to put \verb command inside of \textbf{} block? and Verbatim inside a command is not working. \documentclass[11pt, double ...
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Reducing the time it takes to write a document

Exemplar case I often have situations in which I must quickly write and print a report, within a short time. Some features of TeX allow me to work quickly. For example, with BibTeX, I can quickly add ...
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Which packages can you use to improve the typographic quality?

List here which packages can be used to make text easier to read and nicer to look at. After all, the superior typographic quality is one of the main reasons to prefer LaTeX to, for example, MS Word.
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Data structures for TeX

I often find myself wanting to use standard data structures in TeX. For example, lists or maps. Each time this need comes up, I reinvent the wheel. For some reason, I find myself using stacks fairly ...
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Draw Bohr atomic model with electron shells in TeX?

This question led to a new package: bohr I'm making slides with beamer for my chemistry students. I would like to draw a figure in LaTeX to illustrate the electron shells in the Bohr model but ...
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How do I generate Creative Commons license information?

I need to include some licensing information on the back cover of a free CC-licensed book. Instead of frankly mentioning the license ("This work is licensed under CC-by-nc-sa, Google knows more"), I'd ...
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Is there a good LaTeX package for generating barcodes?

I'm looking for a good LaTeX package to generate one dimensional barcodes, that has the following properties. It doesn't require any external scripts or internet connection to work. It easily ...
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When to use the xcolor package instead of the color package?

Can someone explain when to use the xcolor package instead of the color package? Unless you are creating your own specific colors, the differences between the packages seem to be fairly superficial. ...
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box around theorem statement

Is there an easy way to put a box around a theorem in LaTeX? For example to state an important theorem. I tried using page 20 of the ntheorem documentation ...
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How do I install CTAN packages on Mac OS with TexShop?

I run TexShop on my Mac OS 10.6. I'd like to install new packages like this: http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/listings/ How do I install it? I've downloaded the zip file.
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How to install new packages on Texmaker on Ubuntu?

How do I install new packages on Texmaker? I use Ubuntu 10.04 LTS.
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Diagrams package that allows to draw computer buffers (memory diagrams)

I'm writing a document that explains internals of memory buffers and computers and I'm looking for a LaTeX package that would allow me to create diagrams similar to the following: Circular buffer: ...
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Coordinating the work of Biblatex style authors

I am not sure whether this is an admissible question. If it is not, please close it. The problem Biblatex opens up the realistic possibility of highly complex citation systems such as those used in ...
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List of Indexing Packages - Pros and Cons

What are the various indexing packages and what are their pros and cons? When should one choose one over the other? There is some discussion of this in What are the latest/best practices for index ...
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What is the quickest way to check whether I already have a given package?

What is the quickest way to check (on Linux) whether I already have a given package? In particular I'm interested in whether there is something that will take less time than the 20 seconds or so it ...
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How frequently should one update packages?

When programming, I take some care regarding updating of external dependencies, to be sure that my code isn't affected. With LaTeX (I'm using MikTeX), it seems harder to know when I should update ...
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Mail-merging documents from a database

I use the term database loosely here -- it can be an actual database, or a spreadsheet (in any format including CSV) or can be package-dependent. Is there a way to create mail-merged documents ...
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MinionPro on Mac OS X

Has anyone been able to install the MinionPro package on OS X? I usually install (and update) TeX Live through MacPorts and the first package I have ever found that wasn't already included is ...
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How to type a Backus-Naur form in LaTeX

I need to type Backus-Naur form in LaTeX document. I found several packages on CTAN: ebnf seems to not work with TeXLive 2009 latex-bnf does not align the declaration, etc. There is a module for ...
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Are there any LaTeX packages for multicolumn typesetting besides multicol?

I'm going to need two-column layout (more advanced than LaTeX's \twocolumn - I'll need changing the number of columns without starting a new page or column balancing); however, due to the nature of ...
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Easily assign undefined ligatures with pdfLaTeX?

Ulrike Fischer showed how Linux Libertine's special ligatures are accessible. Even though she also pointed me at a chapter of the LaTeX Graphics Companion, I'm not really sure how to get these ...
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Auto Package download for TeXLive

I use MiKTeX on Windows and quite satisfied with it. Recently I started switching all my tasks toward open-source alternatives, and in the course I would love to use Linux. But the problem is in Linux ...
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Subcaption package: compatibility issue

There is a compatibility problem between the CIFA document class and the subcaption package. When I compile the following example (with PDFLaTex): \documentclass{cifa} ...
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Is there a package to secure rendered pdf with a password?

Is there a package and command that can secure rendered pdf with a password?
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Package ifpdf Error

I am trying to use amspset. Here is my minimum code: \documentclass[12pt,letterpaper]{amspset} \usepackage[margin=1in]{geometry} \usepackage{graphicx} % info for header block in upper right hand ...
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Best practice for control flow charts

I wanted to plot a flow chart graph which looks similar to this diagram: that comes from this source. Which package would be best for that? I don't want to use pstricks
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Defining a new command for making functional lines / package

As you have probably guessed from the title my mother tounge is not English. Therefore I have no idea if "Functional lines" is the correct term for what I am looking for. Basically I am looking to ...
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Loading Packages Together versus Separately

There are a few questions regarding the speed of loading packages together, but this question isn't necessarily about that. I'm more interested in any tangible, persistent differences, such as ...
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Where can I find which packages are available as tds.zip?

When I need to install a package manually I much prefer to use the ready-zipped TEX Directory Structure-compliant version rather than install it manually with .dtx or .ins files. Normally when I want ...
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Availability of LaTeX packages' functionality in ConTeXt, XeTeX, and LuaTeX

I am considering trying out ConTeXt, XeTeX, and LuaTeX, but one concern of mine is the fact that I am using a large number of LaTeX packages. There are a number of questions comparing these TeX ...
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How many LaTeX classes and packages are there (say, on CTAN)?

Well, the question is pretty self-explanatory. (I'm writing a short tutorial on LaTeX, and wanted some trivia;)).
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How to install and use the ocr-a font

Can someone help to install the ocr-a font? I'm using fedora, I'm trying to find a proper tutorial but cannot find a good one.
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Package to create a printable form

I need to create a printable form. Please suggest a LaTeX package that can do these types of questions: Text: 1. Your e-mail: __________________________ Paragraph: 2. Describe your ...
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How to install mathgifg package

How do I install the mathgifg package on Mac with MacTeX 2013 and Windows with TeX Live 2013? I am using pdflatex so Using the erdc package on Mac OS X does not solve my problem.
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LaTeX packages: automatic versus manual installation, and related issues

I often run into problems in LaTeX with packages. I did a reinstall (MiKTeX) and it seemed to fix some issues with knowing where packages coming from or going. In general, I am not sure what should or ...
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Multivariate polynomial long division using LaTeX

How do I typeset polynomial long division using multiple variables in LaTeX? I am hoping to be able to do polynomial long division using 2 or more divisors. Currently, the packages I am using are: ...
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Easy command or package for properly formatted integrals?

I like to format my integrals so that there is less space between the integral sign and the integrand, more space between the integrand and differential, and so that the differential is upright. ...
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Installing the comicsans package to MiKTeX

Consider this question theoretical in nature; an exercise to understand the TDS tree structure better. Assume one were attempting to install the comicsans package, which is part of neither of the two ...
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Is there a difference between texconfig rehash and mktexlsr?

With reference to this answer; Is there a difference between texconfig hash and mktexlsr? For example: Is sudo texconfig rehash able to clean up ls-R in cases where mktexlsr remains deficient? or; ...
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Package to indent and syntax highlight C++ code

I am looking for a package to have an environment for C++ source code, with options for syntax highlighting, automatic indentation, proper multipage behavior, etc. I read something about the listings ...
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beamer over miktex 2.9 is not working with math environment

I have this problem where I can't built slide documents with beamer every time I include a math environment as simple as $\mu = A$. The log file posts this message at the end: !pdfTeX error: ...
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Conflict between my modified .sty file and babel's ngerman?

There is some conflict or error I don't understand. I can skip it and nothing visible happens. The output is okay and everything seems to be fine. Still I would like to get rid of the error message. ...
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Customized table of contents

I need to format the table of contents for a compilation of articles in a very specific format: About this volume Author 1 Preface........................first page-last page Articles Author 2 ...
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How can one undefine an already processed class option?

I'm using a class classX that accepts class option optionX. Thus, I can write: \documentclass[optionX]{classX} ... Now, as I understand it, being a class option, after classX processes this ...
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How to install additional LaTeX packages in Debian/Ubuntu

I just installed texlive-latex-base package from official Ubuntu repo, now I have to add some modules (ucs and utf8x) for compiling .pdf files with Cyrillic encoding, so, how to install it? I found ...
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install package in subfolder

At the moment I have some modified and some of my own packages placed in the same folder as my tex file. I would like to move all of them in a subfolder called packages so that I have a better ...
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Is there a source function/capability in LaTeX [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to make a standard preamble into a package I often have the same preamble stuff in my documents that kind of clutter the work space a bit. Some are custom commands ...
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Updating TeX on Linux

I am trying to use the algorithm, algorithmicx, and caption environment. In the log file I have Release 2.5 -- March 13 1995 -- and I have compiling errors which other people don't have. So I would ...
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Should packages on CTAN be widely applicable?

I have a couple 'packages' (more appropriately called styles) that I'd like to painlessly distribute to my classmates. The most straightforward way to do this is via CTAN, but I'm not sure if it is ...
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Should I use fix-cm?

I recently became aware of the existence of the fix-cm package. I've looked at the documentation in fixltx2e.pdf, but it's not clear to me exactly what the problem is that it fixes. Should I worry ...