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Separator between “in:” and maintitle

I meet some problems of bibliographical style because of my modifications. I modified my style to correspond at norms of my director but modifications are note very "clean". Sometimes, books have no ...
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Adequate hyphenation of words already containing a hyphen

Unlike in English, in German there are quite a few words that contain a hyphen, e.g., "Arbeiter-Unfallversicherung" (workers' accident insurance). By default, (La)TeX will only break such words after ...
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space before and after emdashes

I am typing a document in French and I need to automatically get a fine space (unbreakable) after opening emdash and before closing dash. ---\, blahblah\, --- is not very good... How can I do that. ...
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Upright parentheses in italic text

This question led to a new package: embrac Bringhurst, in Elements of Typographic Style, recommends to use upright parentheses in italic text (i.e., write 'a (simple) example' as opposed to 'a (...
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\dots versus \ldots - is there a difference?

Is there a difference between \dots and \ldots, the ellipsis? If yes: Which? When to use \dots and when to use \ldots? If no: Why are there both at all?
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Wrong direction of quotation marks

How to change the direction of quote mark in latex? Both of them are in same direction. How to have one in opposite direction? \documentclass[12pt,a4paper,oneside,onecolumn]{iiscthes} \usepackage{...
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Impossible to overwrite a dot in subsection title

I am using a class from EMS (European Math. Society), which is largely based on amsart.cls but which has a specific line saying (so I read in the comments) that they redefine sub(sub)section(*) so ...
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How can I fix formatting (e.g., missing parentheses and punctuation) of reference entries created with biblatex-apa?

First, I should admit I'm still fairly new to LaTeX, but I love it so far, even if it can be a bit demanding at times. Regarding my issue, I searched here in Stack Exchange and within the ...
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Coloring combining characters without changing color of a base character

Problem I am trying to find out is there a good way to paint combining characters without changing the color of the base character they are combined with. My actual problem case is to make some ...
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When to use \dots, \ldots, \cdots, and blanks? [duplicate]

I am writing math. questions like these: Complete the missing numbers: 3,4,...,...,7 5+...=7 The rectangle contains four ... angles (choices: acute, obtuse or right) In each case of the mentioned ...
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Add a dot after chapter and section/figure/table number in ToC/LoF/LoT using tocstyle

I am using package tocstyle package to format my ToC/LoF/LoT lists. I saw already some answers using other packages, but none with tocstyle. And the use of tocstyle is "mandatory". I want to have a ...
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Putting a full stop in the end of an equation makes equation number appear one line below

I'm having a problem. I am writing my thesis in physics, so I use a lot of equations. Since equations are to be treated as part of a sentence they include punctuation in the end. I have all the ...
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French quotation marks in titles

I'm currently finishing my PhD thesis. I use Lyx and the packages \usepackage[french]{babel} \frenchbsetup{FrenchFootnotes=false} I use the french quotation marks (guillemets) without any problem ...
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How to type apostrophes in verbatim material

How can I type an apostrophe in \verb mode? I've tried using \' and I've seen solutions that work in the verbatim environment, but I'm not sure how to do this inline. Thanks in advance!
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How to remove comma from authoryear citation

I am using biblatex and biber for the bibliography of my thesis and the required bibliography style resembles the one provided by authortitle. Citations are required to be in the form authoryear. I ...
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Indexing, subentries, and see also

I'm creating an index using makeindex and I can't get the output to look the way I want. Basically, I would like to create an entry formatted as follows: entry1 ~~~subentry1, 2 ~~~...
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Full stop after an aligned formula? [duplicate]

maybe this is not the right context to ask, since it's not really a tex-question. Hopefully someone can still answer it. After an aligned formula as the last part of a sentence, am I supposed to put ...
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Print en dash instead of em dash

Is there any way to automatically print en dashes whenever an em dash (the UTF character, not threes dashes ---) is used?
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How to change a comma for a dot before number of pages in book or thesis in references generated with biblatex?

I'm preparing a thesis style for mi University, they have very particular format requirements as usually. In the references lists, they already have their own requirements too. I can solve it almost ...
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Replace “quotes” with „quotes“?

I live in a funny part of the world where we're required to quote text like this: „quotes“ (note the difference between the opening and closing quote). Is there an easy way to set up a LaTeX document ...
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What kind of hyphen/dash should I use instead of bullets in itemize lists? [closed]

Bullets are cute, but I don't really like them for my \itemize lists (in Comp Sci papers, written in English). I want something more, shall we say, drab, humdrum, pizzazz-less... :-) Anyway, I was ...
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Punctuation between authors in bibliography?

I am finalizing my doctoral dissertation in LaTeX, and before printing my university has some very specific requirements regarding the formatting of the references section. Using makebst I have been ...
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Aligning numbers by decimal points in table columns

Let me begin by stating that I did google the answers (and I'll reference to them soon). Yet each of the resources I found discussed one particular method, I'm interested in a comparison of the ...
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how to set spacing after \endash or — in Greek font (GFS Porson)?

In a former question I described the wrong spacing in Greek texts written in GFS Porson after -- (I though it depended on \,, which it does not as Ulrike Fischer noted). To sum it up: The spacing ...
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Double quotes with monospaced font and LuaLaTeX

I am trying to set the following minimal document: \documentclass[a4paper,11pt]{article} \usepackage{fontspec} \setmonofont{Inconsolata} \begin{document} \begin{verbatim} <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//...
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Comma in front of & in the reference section

I'm handling with a problem concerning referencing and citing sources in APA-Style. Here is my example code: \documentclass[a4paper, 12pt, bibtotoc, liststotoc, pointlessnumbers ...
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A math prime symbol instead of single quote in text mode

I have an abbreviated name say ABC and I want to write something like ABC', but I prefer the quote to be the math mode prime symbol. Something like ABC$'$ will give me that, but is there a better way ...
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Breaking a line that begins with \left(

Sometimes one needs to break a line that started with \left( to another line that ends with \right). This procedure can not be processed though using the command: \begin{equation} \begin{aligned} .......
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Remove comma from moderncv's \cventry

This image shows the excerpt of a CV produced with the moderncv document class: Notice that after the bold text there is a comma. This seems to be produced automatically. How can I stop this?
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Is there a difference between \ldots and \textellipsis?

I was just reading about text formatting here, and the following is stated about ellipses: Therefore, you cannot enter ‘ellipsis’ by just typing three dots, as the spacing would be wrong. Instead, ...
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Custom punctuation and format in references using [natbib]{apa6}

I need to change to reference entry format. I am using [natbib]{apa6} for managing my references; basic structure is as below: \documentclass[natbib]{apa6} \begin{document} \bibliography{...
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How can I insert a special character at the end of each sentence?

I tend to write very long sentences. To easily detect sentences that are too long, I would like to make individual sentences stand out more clearly in my compiled latex document. I know that latex has ...
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Commas in lists of items which themselves contain commas

An illustrative example I have in mind is, say, a list of coordinates I would like to typeset: $(0,1),(2,3),(3,4),\ldots$ I find that this looks a bit ugly to the eye, my best guess as to why this ...
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quotmark error message

Does anybody know why I get an error message when I use \tqt in \section{}? How can the issue be rectified? \documentclass[11pt,a4paper,twoside,openright]{book} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} \usepackage{...
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Automatic german quotation marks

I would like to compile a file according to German standards, in which quotation marks are to be put like this: \glqq text \grqq In my LaTeX document I use quotation marks in the standard way: ''text'...
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Closing quotes collapse leads to unbalanced quotes in some Balto-Slavic languages

The csquotes package does a very good job automatically placing quotation marks instead of dumb quotes in the input. This works well in many languages (e.g. English, or Lithuanian ), however there is ...
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What is the best way to use quotation mark glyphs?

There are several types of quotation marks in the English language (and in other languages there are even more). There are also several ways in LaTeX to represent these. I have seen editors, that are ...
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Gobbling punctuation if command has no optional argument

I want to define a new macro that gets an optional argument X and a citation key Y. If only Y is present it prints \cite{Y} If, however, also X is present it prints X, \cite{Y} This ...
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Conditional dot

I did some changes to my LoF in order for the page number not to be printed with a dotted leader at the right margin but just with a short gap after the caption. Now I would like to have one dot ...
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Wrong ending single quote with \grq under XeLaTeX

I'm experiencing a glyph issue when using \grq from the german package under xelatex. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{libertine} \usepackage{german} \begin{document} \glq test\grq \end{...
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Different commas in text and math mode in Beamer

My question is closely related to this one. The difference is, that I would like to make a presentation with beamer and that I use standard fonts. As you can see in the following MWE the commas in ...
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Removing double punctuation when SI units with dots occur at the end of a sentence

I'm writing a document that uses a mix of SI and atomic units. The latter are usually written in the slightly awkward notation p = 1 a.u. with dots and all. (I know, it's not great, but what can ...
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Detect beginning of a sentence in a macro for capitalization

Is it possible to make macros give different results at the beginning of a new sentence? Suppose that I want the macro "\secname" to write "Section" at the beginning of a new sentence, and "section" ...
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How declare numeric constants with space without ~

I have written a document with some data that I must update at last minute. So I have created some newcommand: %-------------------------------- % Insert data here \newcommand{\srskm}{12,253~} \...
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Comma as letter and semicolon as operator in math formulas

Inside document source2e.pdf there are the following two lines \DeclareMathSymbol{,}{\mathpunct}{letters}{"3B} \DeclareMathSymbol{;}{\mathpunct}{operators}{"3B} which treats these two punctuation ...
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How to quote correctly with csquotes?

I am unsure how to quote correctly using csquotes and \textquote and \blockquote. In the documentation I found this general advise: \blockquote[cite][punct]{text}tpunct but am unsure how to really use ...
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$a,\ b$, and $c$ vs. $a$, $b$, and $c$

If I want to list three constants a, b, c, it appears that both lines in the following MWE produce the same visual results, at least in the MWE itself and in all the experiments I have conducted: \...
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How to get straight quotation marks?

How do I get straight quotation marks, i.e., " and ' in TeX? (No, \verb changes the font and this is unacceptable.) [Edit] I forgot to mention that I’m using XeLaTeX, and fontspec is a necessity. ...
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Why are my en-dashes and em-dashes light gray?

LyX seems to be generating light gray en-dashes and em-dashes in my PDF preview, when I use -- and ---. Why is this happening, and how can I get it to output normal black long dashes? Edit: I'm on ...
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Does UTF8 add right-quote and left-quote recognition to LaTeX, XeTeX? [duplicate]

I've got a LaTeX novel writing project with lots of character quotations. I use Focuswriter to create chapter text files (ASCII, UTF-8). There is no LaTeX markup in the chapter files. A LaTeX ...