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tufte-latex: \newthought after \section

Using \newthought after a new section title inserts an unusual vertical space as in the following example. \documentclass{tufte-book} \usepackage{kantlipsum,cleveref} \begin{document} ...
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Balance ragged and hyphenation

From Beautiful Evidence: Each paragraph is left-justified but neither excessively hyphenated nor ragged on the right side. The tufte-book class seems to be too ragged. How can I configure the ...
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How do I make my document look like it was handwritten?

I have an exam coming up next Monday. We are allowed to bring a sheet of paper with information of our choosing written on it. To my disappointment, it is required to be handwritten. Over the years, I ...
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Referencing tufte-book sections

I am using the tufte-book class without section numbers which looks very nice. Is there a visually appealing way to reference chapters and sections? Here is what I am doing at the moment, but I would ...
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productivity tools

I am using latex to write a mathematically dense document which has several hundred differential forms and products. There must be better ways than just typing out the whole equations line by line. ...
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Why does KOMA-Script mix serifs and sans-serifs?

This might be slightly off-topic, but still I'll give it a try, and other TeX-users might be interested as well. Consider this minimal example: \documentclass{scrartcl} \begin{document} ...
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Pluralized numero symbol

So, there's a few questions about the Numero symbol: №. However, I'd like to be able to pluralize it. I'm not a master of the text-positioning-adjustment tools; but here's what I've got so far: ...
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Readability of text-heavy latex file

My question is not concerned with the output, but the readability of the input. I am looking for advice for making text-heavy latex code more readable. I know there are already topics on making code ...
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Is using \\[.5 \baselineskip] bad practice?

I've developed the habit of using \\[.5\baselineskip] to indicate that a part of a bigger argument ended in that line. I found this quite helpful to structure bigger arguments. By now, I start ...
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Which informations belong on every page [closed]

I finished my first thesis last summer and I was wondering: "What can I do better next time?". Since I'm a fan of simple styles, I thought about maybe removing content from the header (I placed the ...
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Dealing with slightly overfull \hbox's

Generally, how do you deal with lines that are slightly overhung, when microtypography is already enabled, and there's no way of hyphenating the hanging word and no desire to put it on the next line, ...
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Distinguish between upper index and power [closed]

I am currently writing the scriptum of our theoretical physics lecture. I always have trouble with the notation. Our professor uses lower indices like m_i for the i-th mass, upper indices like ...
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Adjust vertical alignment of square brackets of biblatex numeric style

I have the same problem with the vertical alignment of square brackets as described in this question. However, the only square brackets I have are the ones used for citations by the biblatex numeric ...
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Typesetting abbreviations with a slash?

In letters written in the early 20th century, for the German word “bei”, the author commonly uses the abbreviation “ᵇ/”. Currently I typeset as follows: 26.4.17 \textsuperscript{b}/La Selve The ...
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ConTeXt scaled headline with hanging/protrusion

I'm using \scale to scale up a headline to the width of the entire paragraph, like so: \def\scaleHead#1% {\scale[width=\textwidth]{#1}} \setuphead[subject] [textcommand=\scaleHead] \subject{Call me ...
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Showcase of beautiful invitations in TeX

I'm interested in using TeX and friends to produce beautifully typeset invitations (for parties, weddings, and especially thesis defences). I understand that there is a package gcard for making ...
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Inspired beautiful box from Indesign

I found these beautiful box in Math ebooks which is created by Adobe Indesign, I tired mdframed, tcolorbox but I didn't try Tikz. So could someone create them using LaTeX please? ...
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How to typset $:\iff$ (logical equivalence)? [duplicate]

How shall I typeset ":<=>" in Latex which means "is logical equivalent"? After typing A :\iff B I get Comparing it with A \coloneqq B (cf. How to typeset $:=$ correctly? ): We see that there ...
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Last word penalty

Is there a way to specify penalty only to the last word of a paragraph? \righthyphenmin=3 sets, for instance, 3 letters as a minimum at the beginning of a line. On the other hand, ...
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Compatibility of embrac and biblatex

I'd like to use the embrac package to enforce upright parentheses and brackets in emphasized text. While the embrac manual claims the package is compatible with biblatex, all the brackets and ...
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Correct typesetting of a formula with a long fraction

I have a two-column document and as you can see a long mathematical formula, consisting of a fraction, can't fit in the column width. What I don't know is what is the right way to typeset such kind ...
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When should spaces after full stop be escaped? [duplicate]

Athough discussion on that question is still going on (even if third ways exists), it seems that larger spaces after the end of a sentence is preferable in English. By default, LaTeX puts wider spaces ...
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How do I put subscripts on referenced items with enumitem?

I have an enumerated list with the labels in parentheses. I want to reuse a label using \ref but with a prime symbol or a subscript. How do I do this? \documentclass{article} \usepackage{enumitem} ...
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Webpages that show off beauty of LaTeX output relative to `competitors?'

There is a question (Showcase of beautiful typography done in TeX & friends) with many great answers showing off the great things one can accomplish with LaTeX. There are books (like Tufte's) ...
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Need two environments in table

I want to set up a table with the column headings centered, but the data right justified, without using \multicolumn for every single cell in the heading, rather I want to use a locally global ...
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PDF background color other than white: is it acceptable for formal documents?

In LaTeX, one can change the background color of the whole document easily through the pagecolor package. I was experimenting with it and I've found that setting the background color to be slightly ...
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align vs. equation: Which way is typograpically preferred?

The main differences between align and equation are the spaces and that align cannot be used with split, as far as I know. What would be, from a typographic point of view, the preferred practice? ...
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Double sided arrow notation for second-order tensors

How may I define \mytensor to look just like double sided arrow from \vec? I have tried \overset{\text{\tiny$\leftrightarrow$}}{#1} as described here but it isn't exactly what I want (at least with ...
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Force equal hinting when combining symbols

I am building a custom operator out of two triangles. But it seems that to the PDF viewers (evince in this case), they are still individual characters and hinted (i.e. pixel-aligned) differently, ...
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How to put a word below an arrow? [duplicate]

I would like to have an arrow with "1-1" above it and/or "onto" below it, with the arrow being normal size. I get what I want with "1-1" using \stackrel: \documentclass[12pt]{article} ...
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Drawing lines along text baselines

I'm not very familiar with the world of TeX and its flavors, and I'm having trouble evaluating whether it fits my needs before I dive into it. TeX and its ilk can draw horizontal line strokes, but can ...
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Typesetting “Na(+)/Cl(-)-dependent”

\documentclass[border=20pt]{standalone} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} \usepackage{lmodern} \begin{document} Na\textsuperscript{+}/Cl\textsuperscript{-}-dependent \end{document} I don't really like ...
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Text Books on Typography [closed]

In order to understand all the design decisions in classes and packages distributed with TeX/LaTeX, and for my such choices of my own I've looked around for a basic but useful "Beginners Guide to ...
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Should “et al.” have a thin or full, non-breaking vs. breaking space?

Some things about typesetting "et al." seem obvious: make sure the period is followed by \ unless it's also the end of the sentence, use ~ before if you don't want it to end up alone in a new line. ...
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Italic \infty, italic \mathbb{R} etc

I write theorems in italic but dislike the fact that certain characters such as $\mathbb{R}$, $\infty$ etc are in upright font. The mix is not as pretty as all italics would be. Is there a way of ...
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Linebreaking in a correct manner

So this might be a really basic question, but I couldn't find anything about it. In my amateur style of LaTeX typesetting, I sometimes want linebreaks in random places for various reasons. I usually ...
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Can someone help me modify the LaTeX logo so I can cut it out from a board of wood?

Some modifications are shown here: https://www.tug.org/TUGboat/tb29-1/tb91murzynowski-logo.pdf I have a flat 3/4" board. I'd like a heavy bold logo with all letters connected that is displayed in ...
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Why is a cross † used as footnote marker for people?

This not exactly about TeX, but about typography, and the TeX SE is the closest place I think of to ask this question in. In academic texts, I’ve very often come across a cross (no pun intended; I ...
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Orphan created by biblatex

I have a footnote that ends with an awkward orphan. The footnote is so long and the orphan so small that I would normally be able to fix this quite easily by pushing the orphan 12 back up on the ...
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Typesetting numbers in binary format [duplicate]

I am writing a document that occasionally contains large numbers in binary format. I originally typeset them with spaces between groups of four digits, e.g. 1010 0110 0111 1100. However, when copying ...
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Is the Koma-Script documentation considered typographically sound?

When I show the Koma-Script documentation to a colleague I invariably get comments about its "odd" layout: asymmetric left and right margins, same layout for odd and even pages, extremely tiny right ...
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why should equation be preferred to gather for single-line equations? [duplicate]

There are numerous questions/answers on which equation-type environment to use under which circumstances. For a single-line equation, various people have expressed a preference of equation over ...
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LaTeX for music

I need help how to construct in Latex the following: This is one of the standard chord explanations in the music theory or practice. It is used to explain the harmonic processes in a piece of ...
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What visual features of typeset plain text are unique to LaTeX compared to InDesign, QuarkXPress and other WYSIWYG typesetting programs?

There are many reasons to like LaTeX over WYSIWYG editors. For example one might like that the need to structure the text in a logical way is very present, it's free, it's consistent over versions et ...
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Typesetting of problems and solutions

I want to typeset my problems and solutions in my coursework. How do you do that keeping in mind that I want both the problem and the solution typeset? Questions? What should I use/how to separate ...
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How to define letter-spacing of a custom environment?

Say I have: %defines a vertical bridge hand with seat name \newcommand{\hand}[5]{ \begin{minipage}[t]{1.0cm} \begin{tabbing} \textsc{#1} \= \\ \s\Hair\=#2 \\ \h \> #3 \\ \d \> #4 \\ \c \> #5 ...
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Showcase of beautiful section styles combinations

Working with all kinds books, I often need inspiration for a set of sectioning styles that are coherent, logical and aesthetically appealing. Well-known examples include Edward Tufte and the style ...
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Connecting parts of equations with lines

When for example collecting terms in writing out an expression, it is often useful to indicate what terms are similar by drawing lines between them. Take for example \documentclass{article} ...
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How can I make duplicate of the book? [closed]

I am trying to make a duplicate of this book for personal reasons. Can anyone suggest what packages, style files (and any technical thing required) should I use?
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Document Layout Styles

I am inviting partial solutions for defining styles for document layouts. The solutions should be capable of defining the font size, leading (interline distance), and type for the running text as well ...