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biblatex: why no comma after abbreviated shorttitle?

Sorry, this is only a minor question, but I just realised for the first time that when you cite a bibliographic item which has no shortitle, then -- using style=verbose -- you usually get (apart from ...
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How to properly typeset all forms of punctuation used in English-language documents?

English documents tend to use these types of punctuation: periods apostrophes brackets of various kinds colons and semicolons commas dashes and hyphens ellipsis exclamation and question marks ...
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Smart parentheses?

Is there a way of smartly nesting parentheses and square brackets (in text mode), so that LaTeX detects nesting relations and typesets them accordingly? I'm thinking in something like csquotes does ...
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How to properly typeset footnotes/superscripts after punctuation marks?

I find the spacing of footnote marks after punctuation marks quite unsatisfactory, especially with sans serif fonts and compared to the spacing after letters. Example follows: I came up with a ...
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Quote marks are backwards (using texmaker/PDFLatex) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the best way to use quotation mark glyphs Automatically convert quotations in the form of “abc” to become ``abc" I am (obviously) new to LaTeX and ...
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How to avoid a linebreak before a comma?

I just had a problem with a linebreak after a word ending with a hyphen which was followed by a comma. This example shows the problem: (The example is constructed, but this just occurred to me in a ...
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Is there a special hyphen-symbol to be used between capital letters?

In words consisting of small letters, the - hyphen seems right. In words (abbreviations, acronyms) consisting of capital letters, the common hyphen appears (at least imho) to be placed too low and to ...
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Should you put citations before or after interpunction?

This probably also could go to English.SE, but I'm not sure. When I want to cite a source for a complete sentence, you put the citation before or after the period? And if you cite for a word, or ...
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How can I replace a full stop with an image?

I would like to hide an easter egg in my document by replacing the last full stop of my conclusion with a (vector) image scaled down to pass as a punctuation, almost like a microdot. Is this possible ...
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Italics emphasis and punctuation [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I include punctuation marks in \emph, or should I place those marks after the command? When emphasizing the last part of a sentence by making it italic, is it ...
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How do I define a new punctuation mark?

Here's is some code for a variant exclamation point despite its various short comings (such as non-scalability) \documentclass[12pt]{article} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{calc} ...
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How to add a comma between author and year

I use the authoryear style in biblatex, and when I do for instance \cite{bauman2000}, I get: Bauman 2000 But I would like to add a comma between the author and the year, in order to have ...
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\slash allows for hyphenation of only the word on its left; how to fix it for the right-hand word

I often use \slash to allow for linebreak after the slash. However I found that \slash doesn't allow for hyphenation of the word to its right, while it does for the word on its left. How do I use ...
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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: ...
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Why should I use -​- in pages field of a BibTeX entry?

In most BibTeX entries I found on the internet a page range in the page field is separated by a double hyphen --. Why should I use a double dash and not a single one -? @misc{blub, title="blah", ...
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Placement of ellipsis

Consider the following example: \documentclass{article} \begin{document} $(1-\theta_1) \dots (1-\theta_m)$ \end{document} Isn't the ellipsis supposed to be vertically centered since they indicate ...
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Quotes in LaTeX ? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the best way to use quotation mark glyphs Can I just use " for the quotes in my document? I'm asking this because when I use them in my TextMate editor the ...
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Comma in math mode

In some countries one use comma as decimal separator instead of a dot. I ususally use: %%%% Une vrai virgule pour les décimaux \DeclareMathSymbol{@}{\mathord}{letters}{"3B} and $3@2$ to obtain 3,2 ...
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Footnotes with automatic final period

I'm tired to always add a period at the end of the \footnote command. Is there the possibility that LaTeX automatically does this at the end of every footnote?
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biblatex: sentence case and nested quotation marks

If a title contains formatting commands, how can we hook in \MakeSentenceCase to ensure correct casing and, say, nesting of quotation marks? The example below doesn't work; the quotes are properly ...
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Proper punctuation after cases environment

I know that when writing a displayed equation, it's correct to write punctuation before the closing \] as follows: This proves \[ x^2 = 3, \] and it follows that \[ x = \pm\sqrt{3}. \] If I'm using ...
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Avoiding placing `,\,` everywhere in mathmode

Whenever I write ", " (with a space after the comma) in mathmode, I really want a space there. usually, this is either something like the points, $a, b$, and $c$.... or in an explicit vector: ...
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Automatically capitalize macro output if used after a period [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Detect beginning of a sentence in a macro for capitalization Is it possible to write a macro that is able to determine if it is used at the beginning of a sentence? For ...
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Block quote with big quotations - white on black

There is are some very nice answers to the question of how to put large quotation marks around a block of text at Block quote with big quotation marks. Using the first answer (which uses tikz) but ...
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Biblatex authoryear in brackets and with parenthesis around the year

I use square brackets around my citations (/parencite) from the answer to Biblatex, author-year, square brackets. So now I have [Doe 1995] in text. But I would like to have [Doe (1995)] ...
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Correct use of \paragraph titles?

How should I use \paragraph? I mean, If I want to put "Characteristics", should I put \paragraph{Characteristics} or \paragraph{Characteristics:}. Or is it up to me which one to use?
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Help on dealing with items divided with slash

I am using a number of items in text that are divided with a slash. For example dates in different calendars or names of locations, such as 585/1190~CE (the first number is the year in Islamic lunar ...
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Fixing punctuation after a field in biblatex

Customising a biblatex style, I want to ensure that after the title of books only a space is used. If you take a look at one of the standard drivers: \DeclareBibliographyDriver{book}{% ...
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listings package changes hyphens to minus signs

The listings package transforms source-code hyphens (-, U+002D) into minus signs (−, U+2212) when using the default proportional fonts, though not when using the default monospaced typewriter font. A ...
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Dedicated symbol for […] in quotations?

I would like to use [...] in quotations to indicate a part which was not included. Just entering [...] does not render it perfectly in my opinion. Is there a special way of inputing said symbol? ...
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Block quote with big quotation marks and opening quote on bottom

I wanted to adapt Block quote with big quotation marks to languages like my natural language German, but also some other mainly Germanic and Slavic languages (c.f. Wikipedia: Non-English usage of ...
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Redefine apostrophes to prevent bad kerning

The apostrophe in Adobe’s Minion Pro font has a kerning that is much too tight for typesetting French, where sequences of letters like l’a or d’e or j'a are common. One solution I found is to wrap ...
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Correct use of hyphen, en dash, or em dash in compound words [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Dashes: - vs. – vs. — I know that there are many sources on the use of dashes both on tex.sx ( Dashes: - vs. – vs. — ) and in the real world (Wikipedia: Dash). But there ...
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How to remove the “.” in the proof environment?

Using amsthm, is there a possibility to remove the dot when typing \begin{proof}...\end{proof}? This would be typeset as "Proof." If you change your proofname \begin{proof}[Proof:]...\end{proof} you ...
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How to write quotation marks in math environment?

How to use quotation marks in math mode? I need to get \lim with the quation marks above.
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Horizontal line of custom length like an —

Is there a way to get a custom-length horizontal line that appears like a "longer em-dash", if you will?
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TeXStudio : Disable auto-completion of parentheses

I cannot stand the auto-completion of TeXStudio (formerly TexMakerX) regarding parentheses, braces, etc. I agree auto-completion is useful sometimes, but here it does just not work as I would like. ...
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Typesetting single quotes

How can the single quote character be typeset as the ascii character ' in a LaTeX document? For instance, consider the document: \documentclass{standalone} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} ...
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own bibliography style with biblatex

My bibliography has to look like this: name, givenname; name2 ,givenname2: title. edition location : publisher, Year. e.g. Weck, Manfred; Brecher, Christian: Werkzeugmaschinen. 6.Auflage ...
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Numbers in tables: align by decimal point *and* flush right?

This is a followup question to siunitx: aligning numbers by decimal points in tables doesn't work for bolded or italicized numbers and Aligning numbers by decimal points in table columns. While ...
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Handling quotes inside quotes in a bibliographic field

I have an entry in my bib file of the form @conference{abc, author = "Some name", title = ""This is inside quote" and outside quote content", . . . } when I check this entry through jabref, I get ...
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What is happening to the quotes?

Here is my MWE: %!TEX TS-program = xelatex \documentclass[a4paper]{report} \usepackage{xltxtra} \defaultfontfeatures{Mapping=tex-text} \setromanfont{Times New Roman} \begin{document} ``abcde'' ...
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Automating processing of trailing punctuation (if any) for hyperlinks

This is a follow-up to Should Hyperlinks include trailing puctuation as part of the link text?, and this question is about automating the processing of the trailing character. I would like to be able ...
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Why does Context line-break my quotation and leave the quotation sign on it's own row?

Using Context to set a book I have the following problem: Context linebreaks some quotations in a way that makes the quotation sign (in my case a guillemet [sic!]) appear on its own row. How can i ...
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Linking quotation environment with citation styles

I was just wondering if it is possible to combine citation commands (preferably of biblatex) with quotation environments. The reason is this: In German language papers you often have two choices ...
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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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How to set a global setting for hyphenation of already hyphenated words using XeLaTeX?

Please consider the MWE below, I want to globally invoke hyphenation of already hyphenated words using Babel package, Hyphenat package in English, to get the same effect when using ...
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How to make apostrophes appear normally when copy-pasting from a MS Word document?

I have a report written in MS Word which I would like to turn into a LaTeX document. I copy-pasted the content of the document in my LaTeX editor (TeXShop, LaTeX, pdfTeX) and everything comes out fine ...
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Curly quotes in non-default font with xelatex

I have the following: \usepackage{fontspec} \setromanfont [Ligatures={Common}, Numbers={OldStyle}]{Palatino} And compile with this: xelatex main.tex I use: ``word'' But the quotes are never ...
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Double-quote produces guillemets in emacs

I am having a totally bizarre problem with typing quote marks in tex documents in emacs. I work as an editor, so I receive tex source files from a publisher and I work on them. I work in emacs 24.3.1 ...