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What is the core of TeX as a programming language? [on hold]

Tex (and LaTeX) mix programming elements with typesetting ones. It's often confusing to a beginner to tell them apart. Could anyone show me a list of the very core commands of TeX (and perhaps LaTeX) ...
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How to deduplicate and sort a list of \pagerefs?

I have a document comprised of three large, multi-page tables, all of which have links to items in a list of figures at the end. By generating md5 labels when I generate the latex for the tables, I ...
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How does one create a counted command (e.g. TODO) for use in a list?

Pretext: I am aware of packages such as todonotes, todo, and fixme, but this is more of a task for learning LaTeX programming. Therefore, the use of additional packages downloaded from CTAN is ...
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Command showing note page of the next frame

This question is based when I read the answer of... Note page showing the next frame I was wondering if it is possible just to define a command like \insertslideintonotes{<scale>} which then ...
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Change location of increasing text length

I have a very specific question and I hope someone can give me the benefit of their experience. I have around 17000 lines of text. I am printing this text onto somewhere around 80 double sided pages, ...
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Deleting duplicates from a comma-separated list of strings

This is a followup to Difference in compilation time between two slightly different versions. As became obvious when asking that question, the speed of that compilation is seriously affected by the ...
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Brainf**k Interpreter in LaTeX

Is there a way to build an interpreter for LaTeX to Brainf**k? A short introduction on how to tackle the task would be appreciated.
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Is it possible to insert C++ code into LaTeX?

I mean C++ doing some calculation not inserting the code as a text.
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Delimited \def's and expansion

I try to understand how work the macro named \separator in MWE . \documentclass[]{article} \def\separator#1\separator#2{% \unexpanded{#1}% \ifx*#2% \else , \expandafter\separator\expandafter#2% \fi ...
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Is it a convenient way to write longer program codes in LaTeX?

Before I only used ifthenelse and for loops, but not complicated data structures. I don't know what is the convenient way to write longer codes. As an example I would like to generate a random ...
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How to write totally expanded macro to file (with LaTeX kernel)

I want to write value of the macro \@authortofile to a file. Inside the macro it is another macro which is defined as separator between some words: \def\@separator{\def\@separator{, }} When I try ...
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Separator between author names (with LaTeX kernel programming)

I try to make my own macro for a typesetting an authors block instead of using package authblk. How can I suppress separator near the fist author of the article. Main condition is to use only LaTeX ...
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modify files and convert them to pdf

Say I have a bunch of word documents, powerpoint and excel files. I have some cover photo. I want to convert the files to pdf, add the cover photo and footer to the bottom of each page hello world ...
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Write/Read values of the LaTeX commands (like \title, \ author etc) in file using Lua

This problem relate with other my question here . I found a solution with pdfpages package thanks to TX.SX: \documentclass[]{scrbook} \usepackage{authblk} \usepackage{pdfpages} ...
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Creating a Multiple Choice Math Test with LaTeX and Automating It

I have decided to write an application which can manage test questions related to Mathematics. This application will use LaTeX as an intermediate format between questions and PDF output. Questions ...
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Can TeX generate “heap dumps” to analyze+optimize out-of-memory situations?

As package author of the memory-extensive package pgfplots, I have been asked to analyze some out-of-memory situation. I could identify the "culprit"; it was some call to \pdfmdfivesum in which it ...
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New header for moderncv classic style

I would like to achive a header like this for the moderncv classic style. Edit: For convenience I modified the header from the link to be in english. The thing on the left is a header with a table ...
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“Runaway argument?” error with \NewEnviron

I have two files. Basically, the main file just loads the environ package and inputs the secondary file. The secondary file creates an environment that basically does nothing, and creates one instance ...
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Beamer - writing a macro to uncover only item i of a enumerate in a frame

I would like to repeat a certain frame at multiple locations in my talk. However, at each time, I want either all the items to be uncovered or only item i to be uncovered. How do I define a macro ...
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Weird tipx error

Just for fun I wrote a converter for decimal numbers that prints them in bases < 37: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{fixltx2e,hyperref,ifthen} \usepackage{tipx} \makeatletter \newcount\mod ...
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Hello World in pdfLaTeX

After many years being silent, TeX can now talk! Almost minimal code below! It should be of particular interest to Physicists and Cosmologists. Need to have Adobe Reader installed. ...
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Compute the difference between two time points on different dates

This is a follow-up question to How to compute the difference between two time points (e.g., 11:30 am and 01:20 pm => 110 min)?. Consider the code from David's excellent answer here: ...
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Repeat command n times?

Is it possible to define a command, which repeats the following command n-times? Call it for example \Repeat, then \Repeat[4] \command{...} should be equivalent to \command{...} \command{...} ...
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Figure environment not working with included file (extra } or forgotten endgroup)

I've spent hours on this issue. I hope someone can help me. I'm running into some kind of interference when I try to use the figure environment (Likewise for table, might be related to floats). I ...
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Default spaces between letters in math-mode

Question for TeX-gurus. Sometimes I find that the default spaces between letters in the math TeX-mode is to short. Say, I would prefer to have slightly increased spaces between abc in $abc$. On the ...
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How to access the last line of a paragraph with LuaTeX

Consider the following code, using traditional TeX programming that through a series of boxing and unboxing, grabs the last line of a paragraph and centers it. \documentclass{article} ...
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How to make listing program ConTeXt at LaTeX ?

I want make listing program Context at LaTeX, my MWE like this : \documentclass[]{article} \usepackage{listings} \usepackage[dvipsnames]{xcolor} \lstset { frame=single, framesep=\fboxsep, ...
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How to fix the error when importing EPS images with spaces in their path?

I am using Windows. The objective is to import all images in a sub directory. I divide into 2 categories, for PNG and EPS, separately as follows. For PNG This category works without problem. So you ...
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Claim Check Set From A List of Clients

I don't know that this fits here, but here's my question: I'd like to make a set of claim checks from a list of clients so that they can all be printed together within the same PDF. I'm looking for ...
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How to mimic LINQ's query method for macro's key-value?

Inspired by LINQ's query method, such as deck.Take(randomCount) .Where (card => card.Suit == "Hearts") .Skip(2) .Take(5) .OrderBy (card => card.FaceValue); The deck which is ...
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LaTeX3: If next in input stream is command X or environment X, do Y else Z

Because I write my own document class (okay, I try to ...), this question bothers me for weeks as there are many situation, in which I need something like this. Is there a way to test, if the next ...
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Note page showing the next frame

I would like to customise the note pages in Beamer to show: the current frame that they refer to with its number, the next frame of the presentation with its number, the section and subsection, the ...
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How to merge two rows of 2 columns into a single row of 4 columns without modifying the data entry?

At the beginning I designed a table with a huge number of rows of acronyms. The table has two columns and occupies \textwidth, as follows. \documentclass{article} ...
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\expandafter with \uppercase ordering

As I understand it, the behavior of \expandafter is such that if \a and \b are macros, then \expandafter\a\b will first expand \b then \a. But my understanding must be wrong, because I don't ...
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How can I programmatically draw a nonlinear writing system with automatic graph relaxation? [closed]

Alex Fink & I have a non-linear written language, UNLWS. Maintaining its grammar document in Google Docs is growing excessively cumbersome, however, because of how much time it takes to load each ...
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Embed TeX as a typesetting system for an eBook reading application

Are there any projects or information on how to use TeX to typeset texts for screen reading? That is, I want to get the beautiful output of TeX to render in a browser-like desktop application. I want ...
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Where do I start LaTeX programming?

I'm interested in writing packages for TeX/LaTeX/XeLaTeX. I googled around, but all I found was guides or tutorials about how to prepare documents using LaTeX. I want to know how LaTeX works and how ...
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Three dots instead of \ldots

When writing the TeX-codes we often use the 6-symbols \ldots command. It should be more comfortable to type merely three dots ... instead. Just the same as for TeX-parsing the minus symbols - or -- or ...
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LaTeX3 versus pure Lua

Reading this site for the last nearly two years I've learned a lot about LaTeX3 (which I had previously understood to be a defunct pipe dream) and LuaTeX (of which I was previously totally unaware). ...
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Partial expansion: macro arguments and nothing more

I am in search for a package that would allow me to do write a command of the following sort: \tofile{filename}{One}{Two} FROM HERE here is some nonsensical list of commands, ...
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Removing duplicates from a list

Is there a LaTeX kernel command to remove duplicates from a list? The list has the structure \def\alist{john,mary,george,australia,australia}
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How to compile the same input file for each of LaTeX font packages installed in our machine?

Inspired by my question How to create a PDF presentation for each available Beamer theme automatically?, now I want to compile my input file for each available LaTeX font package installed in my ...
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How to open AdobeReader with arara?

... strange question you will think and you are right, but there are some features, that are not shown in the PDF-Viewer from TeXworks, tooltips for example. I tried this rule, which executes an ...
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How can I optimize the arara password program?

I have written the following (runable) arara-program, which creates a password-locked pdf with adjustable prohibited access rights: secure.yaml !config # GhostScript-ps2pdf password-security rule ...
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Reading number from file into variable — How to put a number into my document that increments with every compilation?

I am not that much into TeX/LaTex programming ... but what I want to do is the following: How to put a number into my document that increments with every compilation My ideas so far are: use a ...
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Conditional structure based on \rand value comparison

I have a simple code that inserts a complex layout for figures and I would like to randomly alternate the position options (for instance, alternating between top and bottom positioning: ...
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How to compute the remaining space on the current page

Is there a way to compute the remaining space on the current page and issue an optional command?
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The inputenc package slows down LaTeX compilation

When using packages inputenc and fontenc I observed that the inputenc package strongly slows the compilation speed. The situation is as follows. Let we have \usepackage[cp1251]{inputenc} ...
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Multiply fine tuning with a thinspace \,

What I want is a redefinition of command \, to the version \,[N] for given integer N \, % standard usage \,[2] % the same as \,\, \,[3] % the same as \,\,\, and so on The usage of \hspace instead ...
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What is the best way to learn TeX?

As opposed to LaTeX, which is addressed in another question. Most of the references I've seen get too complex too quickly. I'm looking for something that gives me a top-down view of the language - ...