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Citing TikZ and other packages

In some areas of maths, it is advised to cite mathematical and drawing software you use to make your computations and drawings. Since I draw in TikZ, I would like to know how officially cite the ...
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Middle English Yogh character

I was wondering if anyone knows of a package which supports the Middle English character yogh - that's Ȝ (U+021C) ȝ (U+021D). In TIPA, there is the character ezh - that's Ʒ (U+01B7) ʒ (U+0292). Ezh is ...
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Hide solution when using xlop

I'm using xlop to display primary school style addition/subtraction/mul/div problems. When using \opadd{1}{2} for example, It will solve the equation. How do you hide the solution so it is suitable ...
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Is it safe to “renewcommand” \SS? (Which packages use \SS command?)

I've tried to set \newcommand{\SS}{\mathcal{S}} in the preamble but I've discovered that this command is already defined. So, I tried native command on my code and I've found that it is a "simple" ...
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Using usepackage twice with the same package name

I've seen duplicated package inclusion multiple times in questions. I've looming memories of comments like "it's a really bad thing to do" (which I couldn't find). I was wondering what are the ...
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classics package throws weird error message

I can't get any documents built with the classics package to compile at all, including the package documentation source file. I have the package (v0.1 2013/02/02) installed correctly in my tex distro ...
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Author(s) per chapter - short story collection

I'm trying to use LaTeX to typeset a collection of short stories. I need something that lets each chapter have its own author or authors, with the author name(s) listed along with the chapter title, ...
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How to update TeX Live distribution manually (without using the frozen TeX Live Manager)?

As an illustration, let consider that I want to update the installed tcolorbox package to the new one from the CTAN. I have downloaded the newest tcolorbox.zip package from ctan.org/pkg/tcolorbox. I ...
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Solution for typesetting interviews in LaTeX?

Are there any packages for typesetting interviews in LaTeX? Of course, I could manually format all the text but I am sure that there are typographical rules for interview sections that I would ...
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Automated placement of text and graphics within presentations

The beamer package creates very professional presentations. Are there any additional packages which can be used with beamer which allows users to focus on content, while leaving TeX to decide where to ...
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Windows Miktex can't find mathtools.sty

When I try to compile my paper I get the error: ! LaTeX Error: File `mathtools.sty' not found. Other packages are successfully found and automatically installed, but mathtools.sty is not. I just ...
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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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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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Is there a common set of packages that is available in every distribution?

Or at least in most distributions...
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Drawing Solids with LaTeX

I want to know if there is a package that automatically draw solids (spheres, cylinders, cubes, prisms). I know I can do this kind of drawing using TikZ or PSTricks. But what about a package where ...
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ConTeXt using LaTeX style files

I've just discovered ConTeXt for the first time, and it looks pretty sweet. However, it is near-useless to me if I cannot use LaTeX style files for formatting (i.e. for journal/conference papers). ...
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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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What does the .def file do?

When downloading a new package and running tex packagename.ins you always get a bunch of files, including the .def file. It's also mentioned in the .sty file. Apparently it's a definition being ...
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How to programmatically detect if a LaTeX package is installed?

I am writing a program, and I want it to do different things depending on which LaTeX packages have been installed. My current solution is to automatically generate simple .tex files that \usepackage ...
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LaTeX templates/packages for writing a patent specification

Are there any templates or useful packages for writing a patent specification, such as the ones in this collection?
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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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Potential side-effects associated with a dash in a package/class name?

Common practice for naming packages and classes seems to be, using regex-like notation: [a-z][a-z0-9]* In other words, the name usually starts by a lowercase letter, followed by any sequence of ...
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Is it safe to update LaTeX package with tlmgr on debian?

I using debian (unstable) and have installed most of my LaTeX packages from the official repositories (except few ones which I copied directly inside a folder recognized by texhash). I just learned ...
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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 to warn if a package hasn't been loaded

Is it possible to emit a warning if a package hasn't been loaded? If possible, I would prefer that the solution not require \usepackage{ifthen} as it couldn't emit the warning that it was missing the ...
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How to create conditionals in a document class for latex?

I am trying to write a document class highschool.cls for the high school research papers in our school based on the book.cls in order to make the format of the papers standardized. I am trying to ...
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Passing an if-else option to a custom sty file

I have a custom .sty file loading needed packages and defining some commands and environments. Is there an easy way to either: define an if-else option define option's default value I am using the ...
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Looking for an ebook about typography that used to be part of a package

Sorry for asking, but an iron-curtain seems to have settled in my brain... I'm looking for a ebook about typography and how to best write/typeset a book. It used to be part of the documentation for ...
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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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Can someone explain this weird font behavior? (EBGaramond-Maths)

I am using the package EBGaramond-Maths. This font is missing the symbols for these commands (from documentation): \leftharpoonup \triangleright \flat \smile \leftharpoondown \triangleleft \natural ...
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Conflict between steinmetz.sty and cancel.sty. Is there a solution?

The two packages conflict, as can be seen in this MWE: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{steinmetz} \usepackage{cancel} \begin{document} $\cancelto{0}{a+b}$ \end{document} When the steinmetz ...
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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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LaTeX template for Lecture notes

Looking for some good templates for creating lecture notes to be given to students. Mainly for computer science subjects. More frequently need short lecture notes.
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Installing several versions of a package

Sometimes it would be convenient to have several versions of a package installed at once. For example I’d like to have a development version of TikZ for my own work and the current stable version to ...
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Command for transverse, and not \pitchfork, as used in Guillemin and Pollack

In Guillemin and Pollack's Differential Topology book, they use the notion of transverse, but not the \pitchfork to denote it. It is very similar, but has a 'T' in it instead of just a ' | ' in ...
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See which files are installed when installing a package with tlmgr

Is there a log somewhere that tells me what files where installed when I install a package with tlmgr?
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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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Meaning of “Macro packages”, “TeX engines” and “Distributions” of TeX

I was wondering what relations and differences are between "Macro packages", "TeX engines" and "Distributions" of TeX? I saw these concepts when looking at the following table at the end of this ...
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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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Install downloaded package via tlmgr

I’d like to install a package (microtype 2.5 beta 4) under TeX Live that isn’t available in the official repository. Now, I know that it’s usually enough to put the package under ~/texmf/tex/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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What is a good format or package for writing a commentary about a paper?

I often find myself writing commentaries on scientific papers. By this I mean an informal document written to collect all my comments regarding a peer reviewed publication (which is often about 10 ...
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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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XeTeX: better using system fonts or packages?

I've recently switched to XeTeX. In my document I use this code to set the fonts: \usepackage[math-style=ISO,bold-style=ISO]{unicode-math} \usepackage{xunicode} \usepackage{fontspec} ...
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Malayalam package

Sorry if I am repeating, but I do not seem to see my post here. Does anybody know of a Malayalam language package. I am working on a Mac running Leopard.
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How to automatically generate Venn diagrams given the inclusion relations? [closed]

I'm writing a paper about classes of formal languages, and I'd like to have a diagram showing their heirarchy. Something similar to this (from Wikipedia:) Is there a LaTeX package which, I can give ...
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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 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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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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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 ...