Aspects of TeX as it relates to the larger world of software or typesetting, or aspects of its general functioning or nature. This is not a default tag for questions that do not admit an obvious more specific classification; it specifically concerns TeX in general.

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File Inheritance Structure Possible?

Is it possible to make a kind of inheritance while working with big projects in LaTeX? I think of a tree like inheritance where each child (which are tex-files) inherits the packages and commands of ...
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Documentation Generator for LaTeX

Is there Documentation Generator for LaTeX like Javadoc for Java or Doxygen for C++? Especially when defining macros or environments for LaTeX-files throughout a big project it would be useful for ...
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Future of TeX and LaTeX

Disclaimer: typically soft question. I was reading about expl3 and LaTeX3 development and try to stumble something about overall future of LaTeX. All I can find is one article. The article mostly ...
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How to use poetrytex with cyrillic letters

I am trying to use poetrytex with cyrillic letters like this: \documentclass[11pt]{article} \usepackage{poetrytex} \usepackage[paperwidth=140mm,paperheight=210mm]{geometry} \begin{document} ...
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To make script smaller by make and image resizing [closed]

I have script which contains 777 pages with 888 images. Its size is 66 Mb because of big images. I am looking for a protocol to automatize the image resize for A4 print style. Some makefile with ...
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How to be 100% sure what you see is what everyone else sees?

I have been writing my formal documents, such as scientific publications, professional CV, cover letter and so on, with TeX. Basically, I write every important document with TeX. Whistle-blower ...
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What are the drawbacks of XeTeX/XeLaTeX vs standard LaTeX? [duplicate]

I'm planning to switch back to \LaTeX{}, but I would like to be able to use any .ttf font that I need. Back in the time I used to format any document with LaTeX I was comfortable with the terribly ...
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Which publishers use TeX and friends for a significant proportion of their published books?

Which publishers use TeX and derivatives (LaTeX, ConTeXt, and friends) for a significant proportion of their published books? Note that I am not asking about journals. I'll leave the interpretation ...
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Why is % the comment character?

I was reading a book about TeX macros and related features and I came across this rather trivial question... Can anyone explain to me why % is the comment character in LaTeX? Why this one and not ...
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Printing stamp albums

Is there any TeX package well suited for producing stamp albums? Some examples of stamp album pages can be seen here, here, here or here. In particular, captions can go anywhere around the frames ...
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Is there any advisory board in TeX world?

Is there any advisory board in TeX world?
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Which hash-tag should we use in social media?

Now that facebook is using hash-tags I wondered what users had to say about #LaTeX, but to my surprise (well, it was obvious...), I found plenty of stuff related to latex clothing... The question is: ...
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correct pronunciation of TeX [duplicate]

Yes Yes I know it has been asked (several times), but I still feel confused. In the TeXbook, Donald Knuth wrote: Insiders pronounce the χ of TeX as a Greek chi, not as an ‘x’ (I hope that I ...
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Where to locate careers in TeX?

I already know InDesign but am considering learning TeX. Right now I work in publishing laying out books and magazines but I love typography, English and precision and want to switch to a marketing ...
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What license for releasing LaTeX templates

I'm planing to release a LaTeX template to share my adjustments I've worked out for an universty course. My first thought was to release it under CreativeCommons (BY-NC-SA 3.0) but right now I'm not ...
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Why does TeX not have a proper Content Management System? [closed]

I am wondering why the Tex community does not have some sort of central Content Management System for version control and bug tracking, say, at CTAN. This community is surely large and mature enough ...
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Usage of TeX in unnatural fields [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: LaTeX in Industry In what ways can TeX be used beyond document production? TeX has limited usage: mathematics, physics, linguistics, chemistry, biology, most of which ...
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What's the reason why some TeX files compile fine on TeXworks but others don't?

For example, when I download the ShowcaseCircular.tex file from here, I can see it previewed on the PDF viewer. But when I try pp.tex, I get some kind of error on TeXworks. Why is that?
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Are the talks from TUG 2012 available online as videos?

Are the talks from TUG 2012 available online as videos somewhere? Talks from TUG 2007 to 2011 can be watched at River Valley TV, but I can't find anything from TUG 2012. Are the 2012 talks online? ...
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Unix Text Processing [closed]

In 1987 Dale Dougherty and Tim O'Reilly wrote a marvelous book Unix Text Processing which is now freely available. The book gives tour the force introduction to the world of Unix text processing ...
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In what ways can TeX be used beyond document production?

Most people use TeX and its many varieties to create printed documents, such as reports, books, flyer's, etc. Occasionally, I have found software that uses TeX markup for other purposes, for e.g., the ...
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Do I need LaTeX?

I read that LaTeX is all about "typesetting". What does that mean? What is typesetting? I read some FAQs, they showed the code, not the output. Following are my needs and I am not sure whether ...
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is there a package to produce random quite english text?

im trying to develop a layoutaware OCR system. I would like to unit test parts of the system by creating controlled random text using certain layouts. Afterwards the resulting images undergo ...
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Create two documents from one texclipse project

We have one main LaTeX project in texclipse for our Help Documentation and that works great. However we have a folder and tex file on installation instructions of our software which we would like to ...
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Is TeX as word and logo a trade mark?

A few days ago I talked with someone about writing a book about TeX and we came to the question if TeX as a word and its Logo (and the related things like LaTeX, XeTeX, …, package names etc.) are ...
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What can't TeX do?

What are TeX's limitations in typography, book design and publishing? (and here TeX also includes all its derivatives, like pdfTeX, LuaTeX, and macro packages built upon it, LaTeX, ConTeXt etc.). ...
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TeX Distribution and Engine

While reading about LaTeX in wikibooks, I stumbled across the terms TeX engine and distribution. One earlier post said the TeX engines are Knuth's TeX, e-TeX, pdfTeX, XeTeX, LuaTeX. And read that ...
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Books written using TeX

As part of my research I need to find the detailed list of books written using TeX, LaTeX.... I am from Computer Science background, and found some books written making use of TeX, LaTeX... Could you ...
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latex default settings paper, font, size, page numbering

I'm having a hard time grasping the structure of my "TeX" installation ... it is Tex Live 2010. I'm a european user - so some default settings are included ... but I need the most general, most ...
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TeX resources for philosophers

What TeX resources are there that are aimed at the field philosophy? I already know of PhilTeX and LaTeX for logicians.
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What is the correct pronunciation of TeX and LaTeX?

Is it tex(tech)? Or Is it tex(like touch)? Lay-TeX? or La-TeX? Should I use TeX pronunciation in LaTeX?
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MATH Table from MS

I'm developing a small equation editor, using the Win32 API and the MATH table, which has been recently incorporated by MS into its OpenType file for the Cambria Math font. I received the MATH table ...
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Isn't TeX similar to HTML+CSS?

As I said in the title, isn't TeX "similar" to static web pages? Can you accomplish the same things with both, or is TeX limited to words? Why would one prefer HTML and CSS over TeX, or vice versa?
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What would you like to change about TeX/LaTeX/XeTeX/etc.?

Like the title says, is there anything about the system you're using that you would like to change? Some annoyance that should be fixed, some feature that could be improved or added?
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File extensions of LaTeX-related files

In addition to the .tex and .dvi or .pdf files, TeX/LaTeX/ConTeXt produces and uses lots of other files. What do they do? Which ones are used to create the document and which ones are automatically ...
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Diagram showing all tex-related methods/approaches/engines

are you aware of a diagram showing all the connections between tex-related methods/engines. It would use terms such as tex - latex - context - luatex - xetex - xelatex - pdftex - pdflatex - etex and ...
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What professions use TeX/LaTeX besides CS?

TeX and LaTeX are widely used in Computer Science. What other academic disciplines or professionals use it?