{typography} is for questions about the implementation of beautiful typography using TeX.

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Background notebook template with spiral

I would like to print a document with math text to look like the picture below: However, I would like to be able to edit : color of background the position of spiral grid on/off i tired this ...
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Do I need to use LaTeX with Chinese? [duplicate]

I have seen a lot guides of LaTeX including the beauty of LaTeX, but I find those who tell others about how powerful LaTeX is in typesetting English( languages consists alphabets). and I could tell ...
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No more spaces after \ast [duplicate]

I want to use the \ast asterisk in my document. However in the PDF there is no more space after the occurrence of the star, and LaTeX wants to cram all the following text in one line which obviously ...
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typesetting documents is not working since there are no formats available [duplicate]

I get the following message TeX engine: tex is missing, resetting to regular 'tex' * Typesetting LATEX.LTX * what do I do?
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Vanishing spaces between words inside a QRcode

When the text of a QRcode comes from a \newcommand{\TextInsideQRcode}, the spaces between the words vanish. Is there a way to maintain the spaces between the words ? \documentclass[]{article} ...
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How do I make a presentation that seems made on an overhead projector?

I want to do a presentation simulating an overhead projector which some professors used when I was a math student. I couldn't find an image to mimic the background produced by an overhead projector. ...
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Changing catcode of Arabic vowel

I'm using XeLaTeX and Khaled Hosny's Amiri font for writing Arabic, the vowel tanwin fath is place above the letter alif (second word in sixth line in the output belw). This makes for a tall glyph ...
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Using \fontsize in XeLaTeX and LuaLaTeX

In the Wikibooks/TeX article on fonts, it is stated that The \tiny...\Huge commands are often enough for most contents. These are fixed sizes however. In most document processors, you can usually ...
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Good sources of examples for inspiration? [duplicate]

A bit of an OT-question from a newbie I'm afraid... I just hope to find some entusiasts here who may know a source. Here goes... Are there any good sources of sample-documents that is suitable as ...
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Showcase of surprising possibilities with TeX [duplicate]

LaTeX is more or less built to typeset books, particularly (but not exclusively) scientific literature. It is less obvious that LaTeX is also extremely good at producing Songbooks Play scripts Chess ...
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How to illustrate saccades with the help of tikz?

While reading our eyes moves in so-called saccades which are "jumps" between "syllables" (actually it is a jump from word presence to word presence (or word image to wordimage -- sorry don't know the ...
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Pros and cons of kerning, spacing, and tracking in microtype [duplicate]

As noted in this answer, kerning, spacing, and tracking are turned off by default in microtype. Why is that? Are there good arguments against using it? What would be the pros and cons of activating ...
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Is there a way to avoid theorem-like environments to be split across pages?

In the article class, sometimes our definitions or theorems (theorem-like environments) may be split into two parts across two pages. I would like to know if there is a way to avoid this situation to ...
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Appropriate \tolerance for novel

Say I want to typeset a novel in a format close to the general standard (something like A5 format with top/bottom margins 2cm and margins 2cm & 2.5cm in the spine/non-spine sides of the book --- I ...
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Is LaTeX used for novels? [closed]

Considering the fact that LaTeX has extraordinary typesetting capabilities, you would think that some publishers of novels would use it. Yet most of those I have checked out seem to use InDesign or a ...
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Kashida-like Hebrew typesetting

I was wondering, what if there actually was a way to produce kashida-like typography in Hebrew in LaTeX. Not necessary as paragraph text, even as an image (nobody prints books like that to the best ...
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Correct typesetting of aligned (or multiline etc) equations after a pagebreak [duplicate]

I was writing a block of mathematical formulas using the align environment. While I was writing these aligned equations I reached a pagebreak and the whole block moved to the next page so it made me ...
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override \scshape in fancyhdr

I would like to be able to disable the \scshape for a specific word in the title of a subsection. For example when using $\mathfrak{}$. Here is the parameters I have set for the layout. ...
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How to distinguish between superscripts and powers in typeset output?

There are some packages that allows one to distinguish between superscript (say footnote marks or say Isotopes in Chemistry) and math powers in the markup but is there a subtle little way by which we ...
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CV / Resume class with good accompanying letter and document classes [closed]

I am refreshing my résumé and would like to use a class that works well stylistically with other classes for cover letters, research statements, and other documents. Quite often these documents have ...
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subscripts with capital Letter adjusting [or etiquette]

Sometimes some .tex features or standards seem strange at first glance. One actual case for me are subscripts with capital letters (obligatory because the letters on subscripts came from acknowledged ...
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Overline over a symbol with an index

For example, if I want to write a closure of a set, which is denoted A_1, should I use $\overline{A_1}$ or $\overline A_1$ (or something completely different)? For me, the more logical choice seems ...
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Different shape of parentheses

While correcting a thesis of a colleague I found this: As you can see, the parentheses around the first and the second item differ, however, they're implemented in the exact same manner (see code ...
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What is this typography in this variable?

I am wondering how to get "gamma2" to have the same font as in Doing gamma2 = \Gamma (\alpha + 2) gives the wanted equation, but "gamma2" does not have the font of the example. How can I get ...
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Are there any studies that show that LaTeX typesetting is beautiful?

I am currently writing my bachelor's thesis about symbol recognition. In my introduction, I have the sentence [LaTeX] offers to many people the possibility not only to create texts themselves, but ...
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Should superscripts be carried out of a fraction?

I can't help stumbling upon the usual way LaTeX renders fractions with superscripts: I think that the asterisk has a lower "weight" then the symbol and should not be treated as equal. I find ...
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Descender collides with horizontal line

I don't know if this is an issue with this particular font, but I'd like to know how to correct colliding descenders (and sometimes ascenders) in tables. Thank you, A ...
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Why is there no new line after paragraph sectioning commands?

I'd love to know why traditional document classes are not including a new line after the \paragraph sectioning command. Maybe there is some typographic history behind it or something (maybe not and ...
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How do I vertical align text?

This is question is related to an extension of an earlier question: How do I display pi in LaTeX like Don? I want to display using LaTeX, the HTML+CSS equivalent of .pi sup { vertical-align: ...
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Typography rules : how to apply them on such tabulars

I am trying to apply the typography rules I read here and there on the stackexchange network (vertical rules by no means, horizontal rules are often over-used, etc), and managed to do pretty well ...
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Was the Knuth-Plass line breaking output ever subjected to a blind experiment?

Have any blind trials been organized to test to which extent "the average reader" prefers paragraphs typeset by the Knuth-Plass algorithm (or more advanced variants) over those typeset using the ...
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how to typeset empty inner product

I want to typeset the following in TeX (without the arguments). < , > I know that I can accomplish this by doing \langle , \rangle As an example I want to write something like the follwing: ...
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How do I display pi in LaTeX like Don?

Way back in 1979, Donald Knuth, tried to give the feeling that π is irrational using the idea of infinite sequence of smaller and smaller font sizes like what I have tried to do here using HTML and ...
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Style of figures compared to the overall layout

Two questions regarding your subjective perception: Should figures be typeset in the same or a different style than the document? and How "bad" is using a different font-size within figures? ...
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Right way to typeset a mathematical document

I am writing a lot of documents mostly with mathematics in them. I personally leave 1cm space between sections/subsections etc and the text below them and a 0.7cm space between text and math ...
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Introduce random imperfections to typeset' text

LaTeX does an outstanding job in typesetting things perfectly (as if that needed to be said yet one more time...). Now, I'd like to introduce certain imperfections to my text to make it look like it ...
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Claim Check Set From A List of Clients

I don't know that this fits here, but here's my question: I'd like to make a set of claim checks from a list of clients so that they can all be printed together within the same PDF. I'm looking for ...
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How can I typeset a quote directly above a period?

Is there a way to typeset a right double quote directly above a period (if the quotation ends with a period)? Not to the left (for example, ."), not to the right (for example, ".), but directly above. ...
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What is the difference between a typesetting language and a markup language

I remember, I read some article in a technical journal where the author drew the attention on the reader on a lot of people confusing typesetting languages and markup languages. How can I surely tell ...
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Unable to typeset vectors using physics package

I'm trying to typeset the equation for the dot product like this (using the physics package). $$ \va{A} \dot \va{B} = abs{A}abs{B}\cos{\theta}$$ However, LaTeX keeps throwing this: ./AP Physics ...
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Type the word “LaTeX” in special font [duplicate]

How do I type "LaTeX" in the classic special TeX font where it's all different sizes?
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Defining consistent rules for the use of small caps

This question is related to the questions Small digits for small caps? and Using small caps for abbreviations When reading a text where initialisms are frequently used, the initialisms tend to ...
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Is there any way to make formulae look like handwriting?

A while back, I saw a question on both Mathematica and MATLAB boards that showed how to 'XKCD' (handwritingnize) graphs. Now I have the same question regarding LaTeX formulae generally - is it ...
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Why does a TeX point differ from a Desktop Publishing point?

From this answer to Why does PDFLaTeX and XeLaTeX generates 11.955 font size for 12pt documentclass option?, I found out that PDF and TeX have different ideas about the size of the point (pt). A TeX ...
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Can I automatically adjust the vertical alignment of square brackets in text?

Many roman and sans serif fonts, and the default LaTeX fonts in particular, seem to have a thing with square brackets: they descend a long distance below the baseline, probably in order to "catch" ...
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Does SIunits package correctly manage the typography according to the language of document?

when I use SIunits with \documentclass[a4paper,12pt,oneside,french]{book} and \usepackage[frenchb,french,francais]{babel} as preamble, could I be sure the commands like \kilo\meter will be print as ...
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Is there a good reason for lstlistings code to look so ugly by default?

I thought, the purpose of LaTeX was to make it easy to create beautiful documents. Yet every time I see one of those lstlistings I can't help but wince at the mutilated kerning. Take for example this ...
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How to write Definition 2.1. in texmaker?

I am just want to write Defintion 2.1. in texmaker ? I already used \subsection \begin{definition} \end{definition} but I can't found the output Definition 2.1. so please kindly tell us. After ...
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Why do we use the Latex logo when referring to Latex in text? [closed]

It seems standard practice, when typesetting with Latex, to put the Latex logo in the text whenever we are referring to Latex itself (usually through the \LaTeX command). Why do we do this? It's ...
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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 ...