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Typography: floating vs inline illustrations

I understand the use and purpose of floats containing figures and tables. It makes a lot of sense if you think about the overall aesthetics of the page. However I find the graphical distance between ...
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1answer
214 views

Micro-Typography with Luatex

Since I wanted to use Opentype with Latex, I had to go with Luatex and consequently am now missing some features of Microtype (spacing, kerning). (I tried converting my openfonts but failed) Here is ...
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Better automatic spacing of differential d?

This question was basically about whether the differential d should be upright or italicized, not about how to achieve that in tex. However, this useful answer did suggest something like the following ...
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112 views

How can I cleanly/efficiently insert *half* of an inter-word skip?

The title question is plainly posed—is there a simpler way of doing this (or at least one that actually works? When dealing with em-dashes (—), I've read that it's important to keep a small ...
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1answer
78 views

Fixate document length to n pages

I often find myself squeezing documents to meet ensure the final document is below some set length. I often do this by cutting whitespace, enlarging pages by a line height, etc., and of course by ...
7
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2answers
163 views

Why does the non-breaking space produce a double space with babel and \og and how to use both \og and non-breaking space?

I am wondering if this is a normal situation or a bug! \documentclass{article} \usepackage[french]{babel} \begin{document} Ceci est \og entre guillemets \fg. Ceci est aussi \og~entre ...
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Edit Customize Change Justification rules to solve losse lines in tight columns or spaces

I'm working on a table and have a column (column 3) which is about 5 cm wide (specifically set) where I'd like text to be justified. However, due to the tight column, the paragraph style (in combo ...
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383 views

microtype and the French way of typing text

In French, we put spaces before characters : ! ; ? when we type the text. For instance, we will type Que fait-on ? On met un espace avant les deux points : comme cela. If I do so and use microtype, ...
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1answer
228 views

Two letter variables with upright Delta

I'm using newtxmath with the slanted and libertine option in order to get standard slanted greek letters in mathmode as well as the option for upright greek letters. My question concerns a common two ...
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1answer
277 views

Optical Kerning with microtype

I am dissapointed with microtypes kerning. This MWE: \documentclass[ngerman,10pt]{article} \usepackage[ngerman]{babel} \usepackage{lmodern} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} ...
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1answer
110 views

How to get proper spacing when typesetting an expression such as $f\left(\frac{y}{2}\right)

I am trying to typeset the value of a function $f$ for $x = \frac{y}{2}$ (or something other which requires more vertical space). To get properly sized parentheses I tried: f\left(\frac{y}{2}\right) ...
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647 views

What is the typographically correct way to typeset name initials?

Sometimes I found that writing just "J. Doe" may lead, in a justified line with few words, to a big space between the initial and the surname. Using J.\,Doe looks ok but I would like to know if there ...
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How much space between number and unit?

Javier Bezos (famous of titlsec, tensind, spanish ... packages; and now maintainer of babel) wrote a nice book on typography and scientific notation in spanish. He says (pag. 82) that the space ...
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1answer
125 views

Using operator spacing to indicate precedence

I regularly have to typeset equations that are, because of their inherent complexity, difficult to read. To address this I have gotten into the habit of emphasizing operator precedence by horizontal ...
6
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2answers
310 views

Using a negative space \! to differentiate between functions and products

In Physics, I often have functions like f(x), but also multiplications like y(-x). I would like my math to be easy to understand, so I am looking for a way to suggest function calls and ...
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Meaning of \quad

Many LaTeX command names have some 'justification'. For example the commands \cup and \cap have a straightforward meaning. However, I couldn't find a meaning for the commands \quad and \qquad. Is it ...
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268 views

non-invasive kerning/spacing modification: what options are there?

Once in a while, you may want to (1) adjust or create a kerning pair (or, better yet, kerning class) in a font, or (2) adjust a particular glyph's sidebearings. examples of scenario (1) would include ...
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1answer
114 views

How to typeset hh:mm:ss time format in math mode?

What's the correct way to typeset a daytime in the format hh:mm:ss in math mode? For example in $2:13,12\,\mathrm{min} = \SI{133,12}{s}$.
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1answer
820 views

Recommend way to get angular velocity in degree with siunitx

The siunitx package has a special macro for setting angles in degrees called like \ang{42}, which renders as , i.e. sets no space between the number and the unit as recommended and in contrast to the ...
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2answers
102 views

how to arrange the place before a pair of parentheses indicating a note in math mode?

I need write some formula. I don't know how to choose the |space| as below: $a_1=S_1$, $a_n=S_{n} - S_{n-1}$ |space| ($n > 1$) (Maybe $a_1=S_1$, $a_n=S_{n} - S_{n-1} |space| (n > 1)$ is ...
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1answer
446 views

Evaluate typographical beauty of a document (widow, orphans, hyphens, etc) in order to optimize the page geometry

When finalizing documents, one of the last things I do is usually to play with the page geometry to improve the overall layout: get rid of a few orphans or widows, reduce the number of hyphenations, ...
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2answers
274 views

More than one width of a glyph in LaTeX or LuaLatex

I don't know where I can ask about it. I have font with 2 or 3 versions of letter 'a'. How I can put this information to LuaLaTeX, LaTeX etc.? When the paragraph are breaking/making LaTeX made ...
11
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1answer
310 views

Consistent cover design regardless of inner pages

This is a series of books, the margins, page sizes are all identical. Depends on the content, the design of inner pages are slightly different, i.e. different type sizes, leading, etc. The question ...
2
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1answer
102 views

Fine-tuning dimensions/whitespace parameters

I often find I need to adjust whitespace lengths in my own code. Just as an illustration, I'm in the middle of trying to insert an appropriate amount of space before the 'v's in this, to make them ...
11
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1answer
236 views

Declare acronyms and abbreviations to automatically correct spaces after periods?

If I understand correctly, (La)TeX assumes that a period after a lower-case letter ends a sentence while a period after an upper-case letter does not. Unfortunately, my documents usually contain ...
9
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1answer
3k views

Vertical spacing before and after equation environment: empty line or not?

The vertical spacing in front of and behind the amsmath equation environment is different whether I insert a blank line or not (im using KOMA-Script with parskip=half if this is important). I'd like ...
10
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1answer
206 views

Width threshold for space detection

I'm writing this stuff pdf2htmlEX, for each distance between two consecutive letters, I need to check if there should be a space character or not. Especially for PDF files generated by LaTeX, which ...
17
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1answer
587 views

Is there a rule of thumb to set the space between columns?

I've never heard about a convention to adjust the space between columns in a writing, it seems it depends on aesthetic sense--even in scientific literature---doesn't it?
11
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2answers
231 views

What is a good way to typeset dot-separated acronyms?

I am trying to find a good appearance for typesetting "C.A.T.A.P.U.L.T.". When I type it as is, it appears to me that P.U.L. are bunched up together while the other letters are well apart. Perhaps ...
8
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1answer
345 views

Kerning for arabic digits?

In most fonts, arabic digits have nonproportional width, meaning that 1 and 8 have exactly the same width even if the former has a smaller natural width. This is good for typesetting tables, but in ...
18
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3answers
912 views

Typesetting a dictionary containing pictures

I am seeking advice (any ideas) how to typeset a bilingual dictionary that will contain many pictures. The picture below shows the dictionary. Problems: The lines in columns differ. The spaces ...
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4answers
718 views

How to make a document occupy more pages?

As opposed to this question: Squeezing scientific paper to fit within page limits, I would like to find as many ways to make a document become longer without adding any real text. The motivation for ...
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2answers
234 views

How to choose good values for findent and nindent?

I'm using the lettrine package with the default two-line initials (so that I can use findent and nindent). My problem is typographical rather than TeXnical: how do I choose good values for these ...
8
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1answer
548 views

Choice between asparaitem, compactitem, and itemize

I am writing a conference paper (in lncs). I see people using different itemization styles: asparaitem, compactitem, and itemize. Because the spacing of these environments is somewhat different, I am ...
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2answers
458 views

Is there way to put hard space after defined words?

In Polish typography, one should avoid putting prepositions at the end of the line. Example: Nie wiedziałem, że nie umieszcza się przyimków na końcu strony. - bad Nie wiedziałem, że nie umieszcza się ...
12
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2answers
436 views

Avoid just nearly filled last lines

Old school typesetters never allowed the last line of a paragraph to be just nearly filled. Either it would be clearly shorter than the other lines or it would be stretched to align with the right ...
4
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1answer
236 views

How to typeset definitions with several paragraphs in the KOMA classes

The KOMA classes do not use vertical inter-paragraph spacing with some good arguments (see page 50 of the scrguide). I defined an environment for definitions with the amsthm package using their ...
18
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1answer
1k views

Spacing around image

Knuth is on record that he incorporated approximately 100 typographical rules in TeX. I am struggling to discover the balance. Consider the figure below, What should be the amount of space around ...
16
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1answer
290 views

What does `\ ` exactly do?

In the The Not So Short Introduction to LATEX2e - Version 5.01, April 06, 2011 it is suggested that: A backslash in front of a space generates a space that will not be enlarged. (page 39) It ...
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2answers
760 views

Ensure minimal length of last line

This question led to a new feature in a package: impnattypo One rule in French typography is that the last line of a paragraph should not be shorter than the double of the indentation of the ...
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3answers
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Implementing a sort of “tightened frenchspacing”

By default, (La)TeX adds extra space between sentences. The exact rules are in the TeXbook, a summary by TH. can be found here. What follows is is my "executive summary": After any period (or ...
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2answers
272 views

Should I leave LaTeX decide the vertical height of the space above a text paragraph?

In my document, above a text paragraph, there are objects of many possibilities: \end{figure}, \end{align*}, $$, \end{itemize}, end{enumerate}, etc... It seems that visually on the final pdf, it does ...
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4answers
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When one should use spacing line \quad or \,

In general, in most places, it is said that using TeX defaults is the best. However, TeX does provide things like \, and \quad etc. When one should use them? Both in general and in math mode in ...
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3answers
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Reduce Space Between Characters in New Command

I'm not satisfied with the new command I've made. My code: \newcommand{\ps}[2]{\mbox{P}_{#1}\left(#2\right)} $\ps{Y}{y}$ %example My problem is that there's too much space between the subscripted Y ...
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1answer
491 views

Typographic conventions for free space between subfigures?

I'm trying to define a "standard template" for drawing figures for my Ph. D. thesis. I would design large figures to fill the whole textwidth. Sometimes, however I have smaller figure, so that 2 ...
11
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1answer
462 views

babel, frenchb and em dash

If I'm not wrong, in French the em-dashes, typeset with --- in LaTeX, are usually treated like the guillemets as far as non-breaking spaces go. An "opening" em-dash must be followed by a non-breaking ...
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11answers
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Double space between sentences.

I've been reading a question on spaces between sentences on a sister site. The answers there seem to imply that the days of double spacing between sentences are over, and that this was a relic of the ...
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2answers
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Is a period after an abbreviation the same as an end of sentence period?

Does latex do anything special with periods? If so, is there a way to differentiate end-of-sentence periods from periods indicating abbreviation?