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

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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 ...
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Typesetting displayed equivalences and definitions of unequal length

What is the proper way to typeset in LaTeX, in display-mode, a series of equivalences and definitions of unequal lengths of sets ? Consider for this the following code that I used for a series of ...
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Package for typing honorific title

There is a set of command (or a package providing it) to type words like Dr, Mr, Pr, PhD? I search something better than doing D\up{r} (the abbreviation for Doctor, in French), for example. ...
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How to start with recreating typographical complex stuff?

I happen to own an early version of "Also Sprach Zarathustra" by Friedrich Nietzsche, and I always found the title-page (just after the the preface) quite nice, and I always wanted to recreate it with ...
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Embrac not working within environments

I used the package embrac that the following question Upright parentheses in italic text let to. However, If I define a simple environment, it will not work. See the example below. How can I fix ...
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Vertical spacing between paragraphs as oppose to lists

I think this looks funny: The problem is that there's significantly less space between the first two paragraphs than there is between the first line of the second paragraph and the list that ...
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Why is Latex giving this odd output?

This is my code. \documentclass{article} \begin{document} The substance used in this experiment is 1,1-diphenyl-2-picryl-hydrazyl (DPPH). This organic compound is a relatively stable free ...
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Redefining an environment and summary box using grid and gridleno

This question is inspired by Gonzalo's great answer here concerning his creation of gridleno.sty to enhance the functionality of grid.sty. Ultimately I have two seemingly simple questions (please ...
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Tips how to display multiple equations beautifully

I'm starting to write in Latex in a more professional way and I'm facing with the following problem: I want to display this long equation in the more easy reading way: So I think the best ...
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Text spirals that flow from a paragraph

There have been a number of questions on how to create text spirals already. I've been trying to take things a step further, by having the spiral start where the paragraph naturally ends. Say we ...
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hanging punctuation with microtype and luaLaTeX

I want to get this style of hanging punctuation: Quotation marks «...» „...“, brackets (...) [...] {...} and bullets are put beyond the left margin. Quotation marks, brackets, periods, ...
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Problem with em-dash symbol using extsizes package

I use package extsizes for 14 pt text size in my document. But there are a problem with em-dash symbol in PDF: in some scales (e.g. 74%, 100%, 204%. but not 125% and 150%) dash symbol is invisible: ...
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what font to use in quotes and warning advices [closed]

I wonder what font I should use to my quotes environment, or how to differentiate it really from the mass of the text. I will use this environment in advices, warning (things to do or not, what to ...
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\mathds{0} and \mathbbm{0} not working

It seems \mathds and \mathbbm are only defined for number one to nine, are there some fonts in math mode that works for zero?
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Conditional branch with \ifinner and Spacing in higher derivative (2 independent questions) [duplicate]

I made some macros shown below, which outputs ordinary/partial derivative. I was checking whether they work as I expected, and found that \dif{y}{x} expands to \tfrac{\difd y}{\difd x} in align ...
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How to typeset inverted characters in ExLaTex on Mac OSX

How do you represent a text that contains printers' pie: specifically letters the are upside down? I am using ExLaTex and attempting to reproduce 19th century newspaper articles faithfully: including ...
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Correct way to typeset a section producing an underful box

I am writing a two-column document and I have a problem with a section which produces an underfull box. What is the correct way (or some better ways) to typeset such a section so to have a beautiful ...
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how can I change the typography of my write up to looks nicer in Singapore theme?

I am using Singapore theme but I would like to change the defaul fault. How could I change fonts/typography to make the presentation/frame look nicer/more professional?
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how to type £ symbols beamer Singapore theme

does anyone know how to type currency symbols? I am interested in the most used: $, €, £. Also, how can I change the typography of my write up to looks nicer in Singapore theme?
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Typesetting lots of short footnotes

For a given book, I want to typeset lots of short footnotes on a page. The result is not looking very great. Here is the basic rendering, using scrbook with standard footnotes: Using ...
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typographically is ragged-right better than fully-justified text?

It seems that some people naturally prefer ragged right documents and some, like me, prefer fully-justified text blocks (using microtype for even better results). I understand that part of the issue ...
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Separate content from formatting - i.e., “just type”

What exactly does "separate content from formatting (style)" mean? And if it's "necessary", how do I do it practically? After reading many LaTeX documents and TeX Stack Exchange, I keep seeing ...
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Which algorithms does (La)TeX use? [closed]

People often talk about the many "typesetting wonders" (La)TeX can do because of the countless algorithms it uses. But exactly what are these typesetting algorithms? Concrete examples I have gathered ...
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Typesetting for two variables muliplication

c, C, a, A are mathematical variables. $cC$ but the spacing is too close. The small c and big C almost stick together. How to solve this situation? For example: $aA$ the spacing is ok.
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Proxima Nova as default font?

I am writing a resume in Latex, and am still a beginner and want to use Proxima Nova as the default font. How do I use it?
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‘Correct’ way of writing a function?

So for all these years, I have been writing a function f(x) as $\mathop{f}(x)$. But now that I begin to think about a correct way of writing a function, what should it be? Is it f(x) or ...