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Difference between various methods for producing text in math mode

What is the difference between \text, \textrm, \textnormal, and \mbox (and possibly other commands commonly used to produce text in math mode)? Various (La)TeX tutorials teach different methods, and ...
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Underscore in textmode vs mathmode

I use _ character often in text mode, so I changed category of underscore: \catcode\_=12, but that applies also to mathmode and now I'm unable to make subscripts with underscore in mathmode. Is there ...
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Pixel-perfect vertical alignment of image-rendered TeX snippets?

What is the most accurate way to automatically calculate the text baseline in an image that has been rendered from a TeX snippet—so that the rendered image can be given proper vertical alignment in a ...
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Why are so many symbols restricted to math mode?

A common beginner's mistake is to forget \(...\)/$...$ around symbols that require math mode. Why doesn't (La)TeX let people use isolated symbols in text mode by default? I am sure there are at ...
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Missing $ inserted

I am new to latex. I am trying to compile someone else's document. I have all the correct packages installed, but I get the following error: *Overfull \hbox <37.8394pt too wide> in paragraph ...
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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 do I leave horizontal mode?

I was working on my resume and for some reason there is an error message that says "You can't use \moveleft in horizontal mode." I've been working on this for the past 45 minutes and I haven't really ...