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Why doesn't LaTeX interpret `(` as `\left(` and `)` as `\right)`?

First of all I love LaTeX/MathJax; I use it a lot, but there are couple of things I hate about it. Sometimes the code becomes so messy that I almost can't read it without looking at the output, while ...
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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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Problem/solution environment

I'm writing a textbook and an accompanying solution manual. In the book, I have a series of exercises at the end of each chapter. As the number of chapters and exercises grows, I'm getting to the ...
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Is there a package that can automatically sort items based on tags?

For example, I write a problem booklet with a ton of problems. I don't want to use a database. In the input file, I write as follows. \pro{geometry} Find the area of ... \endpro \pro{trigonometry} ...
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Typesetting a poem book for manual binding

I would like to typeset a poem book, which I am planning to print then stitch and bind manually. My requirements are: The book should be printed on A4 paper, with two A5 pages on each side. It ...
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Barebones or Packages

As a relatively novice LaTeX user, is it OK to plunge right into using the helpful packages out there, or is it better to stick to core LaTeX primitives and packages so as learn the mechanics of ...
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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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What “font sets” can I access using packages?

I roughly know how fonts work in LaTeX but right know, I don't want to mess with the details. What I do want to do is to use: \usepackage{[lmodern|palatino|times|...]} to get matching sets of ...
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What's the best way to typeset C++ codes in latex?

I'm participating in a programming contest and we are allowed to prepare a team reference document which must not exceed 25 pages. Typically we will prepare many code templates and this year I'm ...
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Good method for typesetting meeting minutes?

Can anyone suggest a good way of formatting minutes from business meetings? [Update:] I'm particularly looking for an easy way to have an 'action items' column at the right side, and possibly a ...
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what TeX package(s) should I use for a Church Bulletin

I create Sunday Bulletins (aka service leaflets) for an Episcopal Church each week. Currently, I use the MS Publisher (PITA) I also do some web design using Ruby. While a physics undergrad, I ...
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Is there is a package so you can add text with visual effects like “WordArt” from “Word”

I am elaborating a business card style for LaTeX but I found out that even if I have the style and margin for the cards I can not make it look "pretty" like other text editors without overusing ...
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Typeset a dialogue?

I need to typeset a dialogue in LaTeX, it's for a translation assignment. The original dialogue does something like this: - I found it, I told him. My finger was in the book, where George Best's ...
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Is there a database of Tex/LaTeX package bugs where one can report or track status?

I recently stumbled across an annoying flaw in a package that I require, which pretty much makes a mess of good chunk of my documents. That made me wonder whether there was some central repository of ...
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Looking for style files for writing a programming language book

I am looking for LaTeX style files for writing a programming language book (OO programming with Java examples). I'd appreciate if anyone can point me to style files that I can use.
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Drawing Lattice/Trellis Graphs using PGF/TikZ

I am trying to draw a graph containing lattice points and vectors. I wish it to look something like this: I am not sure how to go about it, however, I would ideally like to be able to use ...
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How can I automate “regression testing” for LaTeX documents, when updating packages?

I recently asked a related question about how often one should update LaTeX packages. Supposing that I update a bunch of packages in one go, or regularly update with only a few packages changing, how ...
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Is there a package to pull out Answer Keys from Exercises to the last page? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I produce exercises in one part of a LaTeX document with selected answers in another? I am writing a book containing exercises for the readers. To ease writing ...
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What is the document class / package of this pdf file? [closed]

Does anyone know the name of the package / documentstyle used here? I think the style must be public, because I saw another file by another author using it (but I can't publish this document here).
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Is it feasible to create a standalone package for fonts / styles / layouts?

For many of my recent documents, I have started using a rather specific set of packages, settings, fonts and configuration. In one rare case, I even adapted one of the included fonts (in my opinion ...
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How to find packages/classes

What is the "right" way to search for a package/class to solve a random problem? Whenever I need to find a new package or class, I never feel like I am doing it efficiently. I tend to use a mixture of ...
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Europass CV in (Xe)LaTeX

I was requested to re-write my CV in the Europass format, and I would like to do it using (preferably) XeLaTeX. I came across the europecv package, which seems to do the job just fine, but I would ...
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Typesetting permutations with latex

I split the question into two parts and included some answers. 1. Alternatives to the permute-package The permute-package is very old (version 0.2, 1999) and can lead to problems in connection with ...
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How to generate a TeX-file containing information of all installed packages of an actual TeXLive

Is it possible to generate a TeX-file with all information needed about the installed packages of a TeXLive distribution? If you want only certain elements of the table, you can use this snippet. :-) ...
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Is there an “endproof” package?

You may be familiar with the endfloat package, which moves all figures and tables to the end of your document. Is there a similar package for achieving that kind of results with proof environments ...
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Is there a tool/script available to simply install packages locally?

This question is not on how to manually install packages but how to install packages automatically via script. This question is not about MikTeX or the limited tex package management in certain linux ...
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Which package should I use for doing a connecting homomorphism diagram like this in latex

which package should I use for doing a diagram like this in latex:
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Is there any package with Markdown support?

Sometimes, I have notes where I would not like to convert all portions to Tex format. I normally then simply put such contexts under verbatim. However, this is a rather crude approach. So I started ...
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Linespacing LaTeX for just a few lines

How can I increase the linespacing for just a few lines of code in LaTex?
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Global key-value dictionary

Is there any package that implements a data structure that provides a key-value mapping (akin to Python's dict)? The keys will be user input and may contain spaces and non-ASCII characters. I would ...
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Is there an interactive TeX interpreter?

Some times I need to check the typesetting - wither I've made a formula right. For such cases I need to have an interactive TeX interpreter -- with no customisations - I just want to check the ...
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Converting sty and bst files to lyx layout

I want to write a paper for a conference that requires the use of a specific style-sheet, see here: http://www.acl2012.org/call/sub01.asp under "ACL 2012 Style Files". I would like to use LyX for ...
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efrench vs frenchb

What are the differences between efrench and frenchb? Are they compatible with one another (for example the use of \og and fg in frenchb)? Why is efrench not in TeXLive even though its documentation ...
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The origin of filecontents

Does anyone know why the filecontents environment was introduced? What is the purpose of packing it all in one file, but without using a tarball?
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Strikeout - when which package ? ( ulem vs soul vs …)

When to use which package for strikeout? I see answers : \usepackage{ulem} \sout{Hello World} or \usepackage{soul} \st{Hello world} or \usepackage{cancel} \cancel{Hello world} In what ...
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LaTeX on Gmail (GmailTex?) [closed]

I added GmailTex to talk about math with my friends via Gmail. However even if I type something like $3^n$, it doesn't turn into a superscript (I confirmed it by sending an email to me.) Do I need to ...
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Can I \usepackage with a full path?

As the name suggests - can I do something like: \usepackage{/home/nebffa/Desktop/maths/questions/fillwithlines.sty} LaTeX is throwing errors at me when I try to do it.
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Require a certain (or later) version of a package?

Is there a way to enforce that a certain version, or a later version, of a package is loaded when building the document? I've found that compiling a document on another platform, where the package ...
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Is there a package for warning about unbalanced delimiters?

I'm copy-editing a rather lengthy set theory book. One thing I'd like to check systematically is whether all left-right unambiguous delimiters (parentheses brackets curly, square and angle) are ...
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Problem randomizing answers in eqexam [closed]

I'm trying to use the eqexam package to randomize answers to multiple choice questions in an exam. The package works without options, but when I include the allowrandomize option needed for this ...
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Is there a way to load additional packages specified in the document environment?

It seems strange but I really need this. Is there a built-in macro to load additional packages specified in the document environment? % main.tex \documentclass{article} \begin{document} ...
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Collaborating with the non-TeX-savvy

What tips do you have for collaborating on a LaTeX document with people who may not be as TeX savvy as you? For one example and potential problem case: Consider you have a set of new commands and ...
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Generate exam from a question bank?

I am looking for a LaTeX package that will allow me to generate an exam with questions drawn from a particular question bank. Each question within the bank would be a self-contained block of LaTeX ...
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Vertical addition and multiplication and long division

Is there in existence packages that recreate the following environments: Some of the above have been discussed like in the How to present a vertical multiplication but what I am interested in is if ...
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How do you download packages for TeXworks on Windows 7?

I am using TeXworks on Windows 7 and I want to use the algorithmic package. However, when I try to include it it just says I need to download that package, but I can't figure out how to download it ...
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Installing new style packages on a Mac [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I add a .sty file to my MacTeX/TeXShop installation? I am using a mac and want to install the acm style. where do i add the downloaded packages so that tex can ...
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LaTeX fails to find my .sty file

! LaTeX Error: File `mypackage.sty' not found. Type X to quit or <RETURN> to proceed, or enter new name. (Default extension: sty) I am getting the above error message in Ubuntu 10.10. I used ...
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Why does picins exist in MikTeX but it does not exist in TeX Live?

If picins is not free, why does it exist in MikTeX?
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How to use Verdana under Mac OS?

I am trying to use the Verdana font in LaTeX under Mac OS X. I have found some packages, like verdana or winfonts but I can't get around to install them. Can someone enlighten me of the best way to ...
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Teaching LaTeX to visually disabled

I will teach a blind person how to use LaTeX this week. Has anyone any hints for me or package recommendations?