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Package options and \RequirePackage: order of commands and option conflicts?

How do the options of a \RequirePackage command interact with options specified for that same package elsewhere? Here is an example: The pdfx package, if loaded with the a-1b-option, executes the ...
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Survey or questionnaire document class or package?

I like to create surveys and questionnaires, what would be a good \documentclass or package to use?
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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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Including package to create MATLAB labels using LaTeX

When using LaTeX as the interpreter to typeset labels in MATLAB it would be great to be able to include packages to customize appearance. Is this possible? As of now I know no method to create non ...
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Is there a package to create Optical Mark Reader answer-sheets?

Is there a package to create Optical Mark Reader answer-sheets (aka bubble sheet)? EDIT 1: No choice. I think I must use PSTricks and \multido to make it.
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How do packages work ? Why aren't they all pre-initiated?

I have been using LaTeX for about a month now and whenever I have a question, most answers involve adding new packages to the preamble. My question is, how do these packages work? Are they all ...
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How do I find which pgf version I have installed on Windows (MikTeX)?

I'm not sure how to find which version of pgf with MikTeX installed on my computer (Windows 7 - 64 bit).
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Macro or package for typesetting “LaTeX” (the name)?

I just realized there's a LaTeX package for printing the text of "lorem ipsum". Surely then, there's also a macro / package for writing "LaTeX" (with the proper super-/subscript) in a document. But ...
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Is there a LaTeX package for conference event programs?

I'm helping to organize a symposium, and I'd like to generate the event programs with LaTeX. Is there an appropriate package for this, or should I do it by hand? Thanks in advance!
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Comparison of plotting packages

I was wondering what some differences and relation between common plotting packages/environment: picture environment PGF/TikZ PSTricks and some others that are also common but I don't know yet ...
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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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Which packages/practices are relevant for writing Structured Derivations? (similar to Dijkstra's calculational style of proofs)

Does anyone know of any packages that support this style of writing proofs? The only things that I've found are: tex-ewd, a bunch of plain TeX macros on CTAN written specifically with Dijkstra in ...
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What are good packages / techniques for writing more readable LaTeX *code*?

A while ago I stumbled upon the semantic package --- its 'math ligatures' feature in particular --- and the whole way in which I write math-code in LaTeX changed. Instead of \[ \sem{\sigma}_s^x ...
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Inconsolata missing after MiKTeX update

I just ran the MiKTeX Updater and there was an update for Inconsolata. I also refreshed the FNDB and it is listed as installed in the Package Manager, but when I try to compile my documents that have ...
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How can I install uarial.sty on a mac?

I'm using TexShop (2.43 on 10.6) to manage LaTeX, but have the following error: ! LaTeX Error: File 'uarial.sty' not found. I tried to use the approach in this question with \usepackage{listings} ...
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Installing ornaments

I am trying to install the Ornaments package: http://altermundus.com/pages/downloads/packages/pgfornament/ I am using a Mac with MacTeX 2012. I have followed the instructions in the package ReadMe ...
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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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“Killmargins” package?

Editors such as "Gummi" show a split-screen with the LaTeX source code on the left, and a preview of the later document on the right. However, having a substantial paper margin makes editing more ...
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How does \usepackage work?

I have a style file which includes another .sty file with \usepackage. Everything works fine. Since this is a small file written by myself I decided to insert it verbatim at the same place were I use ...
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LaTeX command with optional arguments

While writing lecture notes from statistical physics I found out, that I am often writing very similar long LaTeX sequences like \frac{\partial }{\partial <foo>} \frac{\partial ...
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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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Tex Cover Letter Doesn't Display “Sincerely, My Name”

I'm using the cover letter example from this website: http://www.matthewjmiller.net/howtos/customized-cover-letter-scripts/ What it should look like and the source of the tex is on that website, I ...
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Possible conflicts with fixltx2e?

I only recently came across the fixltx2e package. Given that it patches aspects of LaTeX, my spidey-sense begins to tingle out of a concern for possible package conflicts. Are there known conflicts? ...
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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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Obey spaces with URL package (path command)

Background Using the \path command from the URL package to mark-up directory paths. Some of the paths have spaces. Problem The preamble is set to: \usepackage{algorithm} \usepackage{booktabs} % ...
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Is there a way to limit the scope of \usepackage?

When I tried to use the breqn package suggested by an answer to the question How do I break a long equation over lines It managed to break a whole bunch of unrelated equations (equations that did ...
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Defining a custom ‘wrapfig’ environment

[ This is an updated version of http://stackoverflow.com/questions/3233031/latex-defining-a-custom-wrapfig-environment ] The wrapfig package interacts badly with the setup and teardown done by \begin ...
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How to get a list of the filenames of the figures embedded in a document

I have a TeX document that is embedding a huge amount of figures from a fig folder that is full of another humongous amount of other figures. I would like to move the document along with its figures, ...
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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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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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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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Which packages should I recommend to postgraduates in different academic disciplines?

I'm preparing a list of package recommendations for an intermediate workshop on LaTeX. I avoided providing such a list at the introductory workshop as the tendency is to then add packages without ...
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Inserting a Creative Commons Licence into a LaTeX document

I'd like to insert a CC license on a manuscript (a book or report). I've seen the page for downloading the CC icons, and also some questions asked in the forum CC logo and Generate CC information. ...
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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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How can a package be listed on CTAN but not be available in Tex Live?

Here is a comment by Alan Munn on How soon do all CTAN mirrors update for TeX Live Utility to detect the changes? Except for during [the freeze period], (i.e., most of the time) TeXLive updates to ...
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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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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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Find out which packages are used

I have written a LaTeX Document and it compiles fine on my machine, but now I would like to give the sources to someone else. Is there a quick way to list all the packages that have been used for ...
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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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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 ...