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

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How do I make my document look like it was written by a Cthulhu-worshipping madman?

I want to type up some spells from the RPG Call of Cthulhu and give them to my players. I could just type them up in Word or LaTeX, but that seems too...neat. I'd like to make these things look like ...
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Which equations should be numbered? [closed]

Is the best practice to number all equations, or just those that will be referred to?
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How to define the badness of a river?

I've written an algorithm to try and detect rivers in paragraphs and it actually detects quite a lot when I run it. Some of them are clearly false positives, but there are others that are indeed ...
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Text upside-down, characters rotated along baseline?

I'd like to achieve something like in the picture below: Another example: Note that the text is not simply rotated! I know it could be achieved by boxing each character separately, measuring the ...
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Can one (more or less) automatically suppress ligatures for certain words?

One of the major attractions -- for me at least -- of typesetting my papers in (La)TeX is its automated and fully transparent use of typographic ligatures. However, as Knuth pointed out in the TeXbook,...
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Ensure minimal length of last line

This question led to a new feature in a package: impnattypo One rule in French typography is that the last line of a paragraph should not be shorter than the double of the indentation of the next ...
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one-letter word at the end of line

This question led to a new feature in a package: impnattypo I come from Poland and I'm writing some text in my native language. One of our typography standards is that we do not leave one-letter ...
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Repetition of a word on two lines

This question led to a new feature in a package: impnattypo There have been questions about rivers asked in the past. I'm wondering about words that are repeated in the same place on two ...
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Combining Typefaces [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Choosing font for bold small caps (or any other particular family+series+shape combination) I am using Aldus obtained from Adobe and installed using this method (after ...
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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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Can my LaTeX (maths) code be improved?

I feel that my code isn't written very efficiently. \documentclass[a4paper,11pt]{article} \usepackage[english]{babel} \usepackage[pdftex]{graphicx} \usepackage{tikz} \usepackage{wasysym} \usepackage[...
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Redefine \textsc for slightly large small caps

In most fonts, the small caps are as tall as the x-height, but this looks weird when you want to tack an 's' onto the end of an abbreviation to make it plural (discussed in depth on typophile). I can ...
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What software was used to produce “The Elements of Typographic Style”?

Does anyone know if TeX was used to produce The Elements of Typographic Style, or if not, what have they used?
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Should I leave LaTeX decide the vertical height of the space above a text paragraph?

In my document, above a text paragraph, there are objects of many possibilities: \end{figure}, \end{align*}, $$, \end{itemize}, end{enumerate}, etc... It seems that visually on the final pdf, it does ...
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How and when to remove the space on the left hand of the beginning of a paragraph?

I have something like that: \section{subsection} ... \begin{figure} ... \end{figure} texttexttext ... It turns out that it does not put the "texttexttext" on the very left hand side... it leaves ...
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When one should use spacing line \quad or \,

In general, in most places, it is said that using TeX defaults is the best. However, TeX does provide things like \, and \quad etc. When one should use them? Both in general and in math mode in ...
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Minion Pro and Monospace Font

This is more a typography question than a TeX one, but can anyone recommend me a good monospaced font that blends well with Minion Pro?
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Write a word with the \LaTeX style

I would like to know how can I write a text in the same way that \LaTeX is written, I mean the even characters must be a little below the rest or the opposite with the odd characters.
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grabbing a single Greek glyph from an alternative font in math mode?

I have a physics textbook that is used by students who typically have no previous familiarity with the Greek alphabet. In the Computer Modern math font, lowercase gamma is highly stylized. The loop at ...
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Spacing of sectioning commands for grid typesetting

I know questions about grid typesetting have been asked before, and some packages (grid, gridpos) exist. The scenario I have at the moment is simpler than that, and is mostly a question about elastic ...
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Nice looking empty set?

I feel like the standard $\emptyset$ is ugly. By hand, my empty set symbol is a lot rounder, then this "slashed-zero"-type symbol. Two questions: Do people really use it (I mean people who have any ...
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minionpro: v and \nu in math mode

I have noticed that with Minion Pro font v and \nu are indistinguishable. Does anyone know a decent workaround to this? Somewhere in the web it was suggested to use \upsilon as a substitute for v. ...
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Glossaries: Make a glossary entry recognizable in printing

How do you make it visible to the reader that the printed word/term is an entry in the glossary? In my PDF on the computer, I just see it because I use the hyperref package and there's a red box ...
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When using the acronym package and the smaller option, how to avoid the tiny 's' in the plural acronym?

I'm using the acronym package, and using the smaller option because that is a typographic convention. \documentclass[a4paper]{article} \usepackage[smaller]{acronym} \acrodef{DLL}{Dynamically Linked ...
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Breaking formulas before and after binary operators

Page 195 of the TeXBook reads: Although formulas within a paragraph always break after binary operations and relations, displayed formulas always break before binary operations and relations. ...
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How to visualize the underfull box in final output PDF files

I am finalizing a document. There are a few underfull vbox I just cannot figure out where they are. Sometimes it is easy to figure out which page is underfull vbox from the log file, but sometimes it ...
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What exactly is leading?

Wikipedia: In typography, leading ( /ˈlɛdɪŋ/) refers to the distance between the baselines of successive lines of type. By this definition, isn't it the same thing as line height? But in ...
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Hyphenating a verse range

I am typesetting verses using bibleref and sometimes verse ranges get cut in the end of lines. For example, in: Jean 3.16-18 the cut might happen right after the "-" (which is actually typeset as --)...
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French typography recommendations

This question led to a new package: impnattypo The French government publications office (Imprimerie Nationale) publishes a list of recommendations for French typography. I'm wondering how to ...
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Text fonts other than Cambria to match Cambria Math

This may be a little bit off-topic. However I think it's still TeX related. Recently I decided to move my personal style (a class file) to be unicode-math and fontspec based, so I can freely use some ...
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Make apostrophe closer to letter

I am using the lettrine package to typeset capitals. When there is an apostrophe with a capital L, the spaces look quite ugly. I would like to achieve something like the following: I've already set ...
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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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Reduce Space Between Characters in New Command

I'm not satisfied with the new command I've made. My code: \newcommand{\ps}[2]{\mbox{P}_{#1}\left(#2\right)} $\ps{Y}{y}$ %example My problem is that there's too much space between the subscripted Y ...
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What are the finishing touches you put to a document?

I'm curious about the finishing touches that people put to LaTeX documents. Are there any canonical or special things that people do in finalizing a document? What I do: Careful proofreading of ...
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beautiful listing for CSharp

Does anyone have a nice typesetting style for the C# language using listings? I configure it in this way: \lstset{language=[Sharp]C,,basicstyle=\footnotesize, showspaces=false,showtabs=false,,...
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Typographic conventions for free space between subfigures?

I'm trying to define a "standard template" for drawing figures for my Ph. D. thesis. I would design large figures to fill the whole textwidth. Sometimes, however I have smaller figure, so that 2 (...
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Why the question mark followed by a left quote produce another symbol?

See the following example: \documentclass{article} \begin{document} Hello?``world!'' \end{document} The ?` will be replaced by a bottom-up question mark, If add a space between them will avoid ...
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The finer points of typographical priorities

Inspired by the question Vertical spacing, pagination and ideal results I started to wonder what are the priorities for typographical rules (/norms). For example, which is worse: an orphan, or a ...
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Vertical spacing, pagination and ideal results

I found that the best way to avoid widows and orphans is setting penalties and using rubber lengths between paragraphs, for instance, \setlength{\parskip}{1pt plus 1pt minus 1pt}. When I shared this ...
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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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Typography: Use graphics in the margin to visually represent which part of a system is treated?

In the theory section of my Computer Science thesis, I treat a toolbox to get a job done. In the introduction of the chapter, I will place a flow diagram showing the order and possible combinations of ...
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babel, frenchb and em dash

If I'm not wrong, in French the em-dashes, typeset with --- in LaTeX, are usually treated like the guillemets as far as non-breaking spaces go. An "opening" em-dash must be followed by a non-breaking ...
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Font and typesetting of EGA by Numdam

I very much like the typesetting in Numdam's writeup of Éléments de géométrie algébrique. I find the font particularily pleasing, and the headers are nice as well. I've heard this is how it looked in ...
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Rhythm: different values for parskip and baselineskip in scrartcl

I am writing some small demo files, each trying to implement a specific advice from Bringhurst's Elements of Typograhpic Style. He recommends to keep the vertical rhythm of the page, and to return to ...
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When should I use non-breaking space?

DEK gained a reputation of painting red the draft dissertations of his students, taking particular note of incidents when they omitted a non-breaking space that should have been included. I have this ...
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In what circumstances should one wrap numbers in dollars?

Here is an example to consider: A $3.1415$ approximation for $\pi$ was known on 314 BC? Or maybe A 3.1415 approximation for $\pi$ was known on 314 BC? And here is another: We run 32 ...
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Which font should be used for diagrams/graphs/flow charts?

I'm using the standard serif fonts in KOMA script for typesetting my thesis, 11pt for normal text. What font and font size would be recommended for use in graphs, diagrams and flow charts? The same ...
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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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What's the proper way to typeset a differential operator?

I can't seem to find any consensus on the right way to typeset a differential operator, whether it is: in a standalone context: as part of a derivative: as part of an integral: In all of these ...
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Online discussion about general questions for scientific writing?

I'm searching a discussion group for asking questions about how layout, typography and etc. for scientific writing Especially concerning: Ph.D. thesis in engineering / materials science ...