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Retaining double quotation marks in biblatex-chicago with British localization

I am using biblatex-chicago, current version (0.9.9b), with biber. I am loading babel with the british option in order to get the punctuation right (I need logical quoting). However, this also ...
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LuaTeX won't end a line at Unicode emdash

I'm using LuaLaTeX instead of XeLaTeX for my book, mainly because it supports microtype's expansion feature, to produce the optimal word spacing and line breaking that will result in the most uniform ...
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Wrong protrusion with csquotes and microtype

I’m experiencing problems using the csquotes package and microtype using protrusion (margin kerning). The problem is that using \enquote I only get margin kerning on the left margin. \documentclass{...
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Comma as decimal point leading to confusion [duplicate]

I'm writing a report in a language that uses decimal commas. In some cases that clashes with commas used for punctuation, causing hard to read text, e.g.: for $x_i \in [-1,5, 1,5]$. Is there a way ...
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Defining \xthinspace: Thin space only if not followed by certain characters

Following this 2005 thread from the XeTeX list, I’ve defined a \spaceddash command and assigned it to the Unicode em-dash character U+2014 “—”: \documentclass{minimal} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} \...
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How do I prevent LaTeX from creating en-dash and em-dash?

All over the internet, there's this question on how to make LaTeX do the en-dash and em-dash. I have the opposite problem. I have some text from which I am generating HTML and LaTeX outputs. The ...
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Hyphenation of words containing apostrophes

My question is plain and simple. Any way to hyphen words such as “Lor'themar”, “Kel'Thuzad”, etc.? Using \hyphenation{Kel'-Thu-zad} gives me this error, for instance when compiling. Error in ...
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Colon instead of “p.” in Biblatex authoryear-comp

I'm using the authoryear-comp style with biblatex. But when using citing commands, instead of p/pp. I would rather have a colon. I have tried these: \DeclareFieldFormat{postnote}{: #1} \...
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How to prevent a stranded comma on the next line?

In this document, where I am replicating my original document in order to get the issue I am highlighting here, a comma is stranded on the next line: \documentclass[a4paper, 14pt]{extarticle} \...
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Using \@-ified punctuation while using \frenchspacing

After reading this very informative TeX.SE thread about spacing and punctuation, I was left wondering about an issue that didn't seem to be addressed: using \frenchspacing together with the modified ...
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Hyphenating a number in the BibTeX pages field

Some journals, such as Phys. Rev. B., use unusual page numbering conventions, such as 081401-1–081401-4. (Depending on the way this gets rendered by your computer, you may not be able to discern that ...
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Should Hyperlinks include trailing puctuation as part of the link text?

I realize that this may be a subjective question, but I think this site is the best place for this. I am trying to determine if any trailing punctuation should be part of the link text. The ...
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\xspace doesn't add whitespace before quotes if they are active

I'm trying to get \xspace to add a whitespace before “ if it is an auto quote using csquotes. Here is an MWE: \documentclass{minimal} \usepackage[autostyle,german=guillemets]{csquotes} \usepackage{...
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Appendix changes sections and figures numbering

I don't know how to face a strange behavior caused by the appendix package. I'm using KOMA-Script book class and many other packages (see here: http://pastie.org/1728702) When I add an appendix (not ...
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Spurious punctuation in xelatex + biblatex + Cyrillic or Greek [closed]

Biblatex has a mechanism that prevents spurious punctuation. Generally, it works fine but fails with xetex and some languages. The MWE below compiles fine with pdflatex but with xelatex yields double ...
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biblatex authoryear-icomp parenthesis in footnotes and textcite

By typing Some text \autocite[88]{A01}. Now Textcite \textcite[88]{A01} I try to achieve the following output: Using this answer, I do get the footnotes right. Unfortunately, there are brackets ...
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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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Punctuation in superscripting with Natbib in Xetex

I'm trying to use the achemso package for my bibliography and citations. I'm also trying to using Xetex to use the Minion Pro fonts. When I just typeset with LaTeX and do everything in Computer Modern ...
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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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Is it always best practice to not include text punctuation in inline math mode?

It has been pointed out on this site, e.g. here by egreg, that text punctuation doesn't belong to the formula in inline math. I've been following this practice for a long time, so I write for all $v\...
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How to force LaTeX not to break the line after a hyphen “-”?

With ~ we can enforce that no line break occures between two words. But this does not seem to work with special characters. I want LaTeX to enforce not to break the line after the - in (re-)creation. ...
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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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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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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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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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\@ vs. \␣ after abbreviation. (Read backslash-at vs. backslash-space)

I was used to write abbreviations like foo i.e.\ bar but today learned that I could also write them as foo i.e.\@ bar. Both of these apparently have the effect of keeping the space to its normal inter-...
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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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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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Remove dot-after-number in figure captions while keeping the dot in chapter/section captions

In my document (using KOMAScript and babel[ngerman]) I have various figures which get captions like "Abbildung 1: ...". However, as soon as I add a \appendix to the document all those captions change ...
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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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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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How to deal with different commas in text and math mode?

I'm writing a thesis and decided to use Charter (\usepackage{XCharter}) for text and Palatino (\usepackage{mathpazo}) for math. Unfortunately the commas in Charter and Palatino look very different, so ...
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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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$a,\ b$, 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 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} \newcommand\...
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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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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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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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Three quotation levels for csquotes

The recommended way of solving nested quotations in Norwegian is to use «» for the outer level and then alternating between ‘’ and “”. (Source) Is it a large undertaking to do this with csquotes?
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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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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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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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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} \begin{document}...
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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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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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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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Vertical dashed line of a custom height

I need a vertically dashed line in my matrix, but my current solution looks like the dashes are going out of the array environment (and they are - i checked in photoshop). Can I manually shorten it by ...
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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 ...