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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, ...
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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 ...
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Elisions in mathematics

Knuth incorporated many of the typographical rules for mathematics in the TeX engine. However some rules were left out. One such case is the use of elisions in equations. Sometimes \cdots are used and ...
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Best ratios of number of letters per line and of number of lines per page

I am actually writing a master thesis in LaTeX but I didn't really like the default page style of the document style book. Therefore I tried to make my own page style and I resized manually the ...
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Which typesetting-typography rules does TeX follow?

What rules does TeX or LaTeX follows when typesetting the document? I mean is there a set of rules, in English typography, that dictates how to typeset books etc.. For example how many different ...
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Are there any good general typesetting books / references?

I would like to learn more about typesetting, the accepted best practices, rules and tricks used in books, letters, resumes etc. For example, what are the usual left and right margins? Line spacing? ...
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What does 'double spacing' mean?

I think I know the meanings of \baselineskip, \lineskip and \lineskiplimit in TeX, I also know \baselineskip, \baselinestretch, \linespread and the second argument of \fontsize in LaTeX. However, I ...
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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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Using text figures in technical and scientific documents

Many sources, such as Bringhurst and other style guides, recommend using text figures everywhere except all-caps text. This would seem reasonable for documents containing a lot of regular text, such ...
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Typesetting a poem book for manual binding

I would like to typeset a poem book, which I am planning to print then stitch and bind manually. My requirements are: The book should be printed on A4 paper, with two A5 pages on each side. It ...
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1st, 2nd and i-th?

Assume I wish to refer to the i-th object, or the n-th function out of some set, where i and n are letters and not numbers (as in "Multiply the $j$th row with the $i$th column and store the result in ...
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Typesetting non-scientific material for the first time

I have used TeX and friends for many years to produce academic documents: assignments, reports, journal articles, etc. As a hobby project, I am going to try something different by typesetting a book ...
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What best combination of fonts for Serif, Sans, and Mono do you recommend?

Now that Xe(La)TeX is being increasingly used to deliver nifty documents, I am wondering if any recommendations have been published or discussed about the best combination of font families for mixing ...
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Macro for typesetting acronyms

All-caps acronyms and brand names like IBM look better when typeset a little smaller than usual. My simple solution is the following macro: \def\<#1>{{\small #1}} It's used like here ...
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Make MS Word document look like it has been typeset in LaTeX

A few years back, I used to use LaTeX for writing reports and such, and I really liked the look of them. However, nowadays I am forced to use MS Word to write my reports, but that does not hinder me ...
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Which combination of font-size, font-family, font-color, background-color, line-width, spacing make the most comfortable to read?

I am searching for a good combination of font-size, font-family, font-color, background-color, line-width, line-spacing, paragraph-spacing, indentation, tabulation, heading, etc. Which combination ...
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LaTeX produces bad, widowed line

I just found a widowed line in my PDF document, created by LaTeX. It looks something like this, see "sion" on the second page: | blah blah expres- | | 8 | --------------------- ...
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When to use serif and when to use sans serif font family

This is not a technical question. However as the FAQs say this place is about people who love to create well-structured and beautifully typeset documents I take my shot. I am often confused ...
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Conventions for formatting scientific units?

I would appreciate some guidance on how to format units that incorporate SI, molecules, and text. Right now I am formatting the letters in chemicals or names as 'text' and the SI units, sub/super ...
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How can I create a Chicago Manual of Style formatted document in LaTeX?

I have an assignment which requires me to use CMS formatting, double spaced, in 12pt font. I'd rather avoid using the much inferior "Word" or "Writer" programs -- in particular I like how LaTeX ...