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How to change how suspension points (dot dot dot) look with LaTeX?

What I want to do I know it is bad, but I would like to redefine how \ldots and its equivalents (the Unicode character … for instance) are rendered by TeX. Indeed, in my opinion, with LaTeX, the ...
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Proper use of Backticks and Butterick's Practical Typography

In his book, Practical Typography, Butterick makes the following remark. Com­put­er sci­en­tists and doc­u­men­ta­tion writ­ers, take note: straight quotes and back­ticks in soft­ware code should ...
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Should a code sample be followed by a punctuation to conform to the language grammar?

Let's say I have the following text: The first program a computer science student sees is usually program HelloWorld(output); begin WriteLn('Hello, World!'); end. or 10 PRINT "Hello ...
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Placement of ellipsis

Consider the following example: \documentclass{article} \begin{document} $(1-\theta_1) \dots (1-\theta_m)$ \end{document} Isn't the ellipsis supposed to be vertically centered since they indicate ...
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The punctuation signs; comma and dot, below footnote indicator is beautiful in the context of typographic styles?

The norm say: When there are punctuation marks (e.g. a comma, colon or period) at the point where the footnote indicator should be inserted, the indicator is placed after the punctuation in English ...
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The quote environment and the typographically correct notation of reference

This is a typography and latex related question. I have seen various examples of how the quote environment and the belonging reference to the quote are used. What is correct in the following minimum ...
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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 ...
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How to get upright parentheses in the whole document?

My question is, basically, the same as the one in Upright parentheses in italic text: how do I force all parentheses in my document to be upright, without replacing them with some commands "by hand"? ...
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Is it correct to use a comma in this equation?

Consider: Then, the sequence $k_i$ given by (3.38) is increasing and converges to \begin{equation}\label{eq:weired_equation} k^\xi = k_1\times k_2 \times c \times d, \end{equation} where $c$ and $d$ ...
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Italics emphasis and punctuation [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I include punctuation marks in \emph, or should I place those marks after the command? When emphasizing the last part of a sentence by making it italic, is it ...
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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 ...
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Vertically aligning hyphens and en dash in a compound word

I was wondering if there is a way to make the hyphen and en dash in a compound word appear at the same "height." For instance the style guide I'm following suggests using en dash to reduce the ...
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What kind of dash is used before a quote attribution?

In this quote example: “Planning your video is the first step.” -Christine Cloud, Producer Should the name be preceded by an em dash, or a swung dash?
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Is there a way to automatically change kerning between commas/full stops and footnote marks?

This question led to a new package: fnpct Following up on my question on the kerning of footnote marks after punctuation marks, I'd like to know if there is a way to achieve the kerning of ...
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How to properly typeset footnotes/superscripts after punctuation marks?

I find the spacing of footnote marks after punctuation marks quite unsatisfactory, especially with sans serif fonts and compared to the spacing after letters. Example follows: I came up with a ...
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How to properly typeset all forms of punctuation used in English-language documents?

English documents tend to use these types of punctuation: periods apostrophes brackets of various kinds colons and semicolons commas dashes and hyphens ellipsis exclamation and question marks ...
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Old-style figures: Use in references/brackets (e.g. to equations, bibliography) or not?

In my documents I usually use old-style figures for "non-mathematical" numbers. By this I mean for example dates, page numbers, telephone numbers and the like. For tables, results of equations etc. I ...
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Is there a special hyphen-symbol to be used between capital letters?

In words consisting of small letters, the - hyphen seems right. In words (abbreviations, acronyms) consisting of capital letters, the common hyphen appears (at least imho) to be placed too low and to ...
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Vertical position of punctuation following fractions in display-style equations

Assuming that one wants punctuation in equations, what is the best way to adjusting the vertical position of the punctuation if it follows a fraction? I am using Palatino and Euler here (which I ...
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Correct use of hyphen, en dash, or em dash in compound words [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Dashes: - vs. – vs. — I know that there are many sources on the use of dashes both on tex.sx ( Dashes: - vs. – vs. — ) and in the real world (Wikipedia: Dash). But there ...
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How to punctuate multiline equations?

This might be off topic, yet I wouldn't know where else to ask. I want to keep up with the good habit of punctuating displayed equations. For example I know the comma (,) is compulsory in Here, we ...
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dot's shape of the italic abbreviation words

I want to write thief (pl. thieves) Which is correct, the \textbf{thief} (\textit{pl.} thieves) or the \textbf{thief} (\textit{pl}. thieves) ?
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Adding an open-quote mark to the start of each line in a multiline quotation?

I'm going to be re-typesetting some old books (from the late 18th Century) in the coming weeks, and a few of them are old enough that they use an archaic typographic convention for quotation: every ...
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Should you put citations before or after interpunction?

This probably also could go to English.SE, but I'm not sure. When I want to cite a source for a complete sentence, you put the citation before or after the period? And if you cite for a word, or ...
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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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Caption and punctuation

This is more a Writing Style question than a LaTeX-specific question so Mr. Moderator feel free to move it elsewhere or even delete it! The question: What is the proper way to write a caption to a ...
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How to typeset 'tis or 'em with TeX

Sometimes 'Tis will be used to represent "this is" and 'em will be used as "them" in spoken English, but how do I typeset them with TeX? Should the tick mark be "left quote" or "right quote" or some ...
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Should I include punctuation marks in \emph, or should I place those marks after the command?

I wonder if I should place punctuation marks directly after the \emph{} command, or should I include those marks within the curly brackets? Thus: The languages only differ in their \emph{grammar}, ...
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Upright parentheses in italic text

This question led to a new package: embrac Bringhurst, in Elements of Typographic Style, recommends to use upright parentheses in italic text (i.e., write 'a (simple) example' as opposed to 'a ...
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Correct use of \paragraph titles?

How should I use \paragraph? I mean, If I want to put "Characteristics", should I put \paragraph{Characteristics} or \paragraph{Characteristics:}. Or is it up to me which one to use?
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Dashes: - vs. – vs. —

This may or may not be a real TeX/LaTeX question but rather a general question on punctuation: How are the different dashes - "-", -- "–" and --- "—" supposed to be used?
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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?
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Proper punctuation after cases environment

I know that when writing a displayed equation, it's correct to write punctuation before the closing \] as follows: This proves \[ x^2 = 3, \] and it follows that \[ x = \pm\sqrt{3}. \] If I'm using ...