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Hyphen, Capital T and Kerning

When using a hyphen directly next to a capital T the spacing (kerning) looks weird: Input: Abc-Tuv Output: It seems as there is too much space between the hyphen and the T. I can reproduce this ...
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How to refer to figures, tables, equations and sections [closed]

What is the correct way to refer to figures, tables, equations and sections? For example, should I write In Figure 1.1 we notice that.... or In fig. 1.1 we notice that.... or In figure 1.1 we notice ...
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Ideal width of figures compared to the text width [closed]

Are there some rules of the thumb to define the ideal width of an image in a printed work? Made up examples: The figure width should be around 0.61803 * text width. (Golden ratio) Never use figure ...
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Practice documents to typeset?

Aside from when I read The TeXbook, I have only ever used TeX for immediate problems. But, I have to familiarize myself with typography in general, for a job. I am finding the documentation in TeX ...
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Rules for typesetting mathematical constants upright [closed]

It has been proposed that mathematical constants should be set upright to distinguish them from variables.1 This rule can also be stated as:2 There's a little-known rule, best stated as ...
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Typesetting programming packages/libraries in LaTeX

When referring to programming packages/libraries (such as matplotlib for example) within a LaTeX document should one typeset it to denote it as a package/library name? Such as using \texttt{}?
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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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Consistency versus aesthetics with respect to \tilde and \widetilde

I am currently working on a paper which heavily uses \tilde for both lower case letters and capitals in math bold font. When using \tilde for lower case letters, everything looks perfectly fine, but ...
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Raise/lower a single character of a font (hyphen)

The font I'm using (Merriweather Sans) places the hyphen a little too high: Is there any way I can fix this for the entire document, in a way that doesn't affect the other fonts? Test document: ...
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Roman numerals in sans serif fonts

Inspired by a question, that unfortunately has been deleted by the OP after getting some hints from me in a comment. Lacking serifs the Roman numerals in sans serif fonts look sometimes a bit ...
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Using multiple versions (allographs) of each glyph randomly [duplicate]

I wonder if there exists any system to make LaTeX print different versions of each letter randomly. The idea is to make a realistic handwritten or typewritten document where almost every «a» is a bit ...
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How to I force a word to move to the end of the line?

How do I force my document to pull selected words to the end of each line (and to hyphenate them as well, if needed)? I have an old document. I know the page size and I think I've found the ...
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Make \section unaffected by \parfillskip

To avoid widow words at the last line of a paragraph, I adjust parfillskip: \parfillskip 0pt plus 0.75\textwidth While this gives nicer paragraphs, it also stretches section titles a little, as you ...
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endnote indentation equal to bibliography

I am using endnote to place my footnotes as endnotes at the end of my book and natbib for my bibliography. As such, i want both list to have the same indentation. I know I can set the indentation of ...
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Two pictures in one background

I have a document that has only one page(in pdf). How can I to have a background as watermark with two(or multiple) pictures on this page(as a watermark)?
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How to put a letter above another?

How do I "stack" a letter above (not in front) another (in math mode)? It should look the same as binomial coefficients, just without the parentheses (which rules out \stackrel and \overset, since it ...
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Italicizing emphatic speech: Italic or upright quotation marks? [closed]

This is a typography question. I'm not sure if it's on-topic here; please feel free to migrate to a more appropriate site if necessary. I'm typesetting HPMOR for private amusement, and the online ...
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Is there an environment / document class for dictionaries?

Background of this question I've got the idea of creating a math dictionary with LaTeX for quite a while now. My native language is German and I write a lot of blog articles about algorithms and a ...
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Is it more common to type period inside dollars or outside?

Which one is more common way to type LaTeX or are there any standards? Thus $x=2$. or Thus $x=2.$
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Strange default exponent positioning?

Why is this red exponent so far away from the right parenthesis? To my eye it is too far away. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{xcolor} \begin{document} ...
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Why does the non-breaking space produce a double space with babel and \og and how to use both \og and non-breaking space?

I am wondering if this is a normal situation or a bug! \documentclass{article} \usepackage[french]{babel} \begin{document} Ceci est \og entre guillemets \fg. Ceci est aussi \og~entre ...
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Abbreviations in mixed cases in small caps

Some guidelines suggest the use of use small caps for abbreviations. I have an issue with the following one: iTRAQ. Here are some guidelines on mixed small-upper case abbreviations. I do want to keep ...
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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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HTML email typeset equations as HTML elements, not images? [closed]

I thought it would be super-useful to find a substitute for emailing equations as images. The problem I have experienced is that with some receiving email clients, the images are turned off by ...
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Tests for checking kerning and sidebearings

To test the kerning and sidebearings of digital fonts, Bringhurst suggests the following methods: To check the sidebearings typeset consecutive pairs of letters and check the symmetry. For the ...
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Edit Customize Change Justification rules to solve losse lines in tight columns or spaces

I'm working on a table and have a column (column 3) which is about 5 cm wide (specifically set) where I'd like text to be justified. However, due to the tight column, the paragraph style (in combo ...
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What kind of dash is used in the combination of artist and song title? [duplicate]

Which one is correct? Def Leppard ‒ Photograph (figure dash, U+2012), Def Leppard – Photograph (n-dash, U+2013), Def Leppard — Photograph (m-dash, U+2014) or Def Leppard ― Photograph (horizontal ...
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Font protrusion — who really uses it? [closed]

Apart from the paradigmatic appeal to some of Gutenberg's Bibles, I have not seen further actual examples of texts typeset using font protrusion and hanging punctuation. Indeed, as a scholar and a ...
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Typeset a number with many digits in the align environment

Questions like this have been asked before, Here and here, but neither of these are within a math enviroment. In context, I would like to type set the approximate solution to an integral to 100 ...
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Table using booktabs and cellcolor looks ugly

When using \cellcolor in a booktabs table, I find that the output is not really appealing: I don't really care that the colored cell does not touch the lines above and below (cf. Coloring columns ...
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\usepackage[T1]{fontenc} makes the font look awful in Google Chrome [duplicate]

I am using MikTex, and reduced the problem to the following document: \documentclass[12pt, a4paper]{article} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} % this causes the problem \begin{document} Lorem ipsum dolor ...
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Fixing fonts with LuaTeX feature files

Bringhurst urges us in Chapter 10 of The Elements of Typographic Style: Version 4.0 to fix the font files if needed. See below a summary of the chapter using the section titles. Bringhurst suggests ...
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microtype and the French way of typing text

In French, we put spaces before characters : ! ; ? when we type the text. For instance, we will type Que fait-on ? On met un espace avant les deux points : comme cela. If I do so and use microtype, ...
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How to cite a chapter in a book (update)?

This is a follow-up question to How to cite chapter in book? I like the accepted solution there which basically states that one should use: •Boolos, G., 1971/1998. 'The iterative conception of set'. ...
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Two letter variables with upright Delta

I'm using newtxmath with the slanted and libertine option in order to get standard slanted greek letters in mathmode as well as the option for upright greek letters. My question concerns a common two ...
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Possible ways to format a specific century in LaTeX?

I'm writing I little bit of history in my report and I wonder which are the possible ways to format a century in LaTeX (e.g XX century) and in typography which is the most used and accepted. This is ...
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Register accuracy? [duplicate]

I want to have a precise register accuracy in a twosided document. Unfortunately there will be some graphics in the text. For a precise register the height of a graphic and the space above and below ...
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Why do all symbols in $x \in X$ have their own baseline?

When looking closely at some set arithmetic, I realized that all of the three symbols in the following minimum example are rendered here (pdfLaTeX on Portable MiKTeX, Windows 7 x64) at different ...
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Optical Kerning with microtype

I am dissapointed with microtypes kerning. This MWE: \documentclass[ngerman,10pt]{article} \usepackage[ngerman]{babel} \usepackage{lmodern} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} ...
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Which typesetting programming language is most used in publishing?

Is TeX really used in publishing industry?If I have to learn a typesetting programming language to find a job in publishing industry is TeX a good choice or I should learn something else? I'm also ...
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Showcase of fonts that looks great together [closed]

There is LaTeX font catalogue available here. But there only the list of fonts, no comparison and recommendation of fonts, to use together. The list of fonts pairs: for text (many sans fonts have ...
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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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Alternatives to FF Nexus [duplicate]

I am very fond of the fonts M.R.C. van Dongen used to typeset his book LaTeX and Friends. I believe it is the same as Hatcher uses for his books (for instance Algebraic Topology), and also the one in ...
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Why is the default line length in the KOMA scrreprt documentclass longer than recommended?

When using the documentclass scrreprt (KOMA scripts) with the default parameters (a4paper, 11pt, DIV10), I observe line lengths between 81 and 85 characters (including spaces and punctuation, 78 to 85 ...
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Guidelines for typesetting fractions

I realize that this question is to some extent subjective. However, I suspect that there are some common standards regarding how fractions ought to be typeset in mathematics. The guide Mathematical ...
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How to get proper spacing when typesetting an expression such as $f\left(\frac{y}{2}\right)

I am trying to typeset the value of a function $f$ for $x = \frac{y}{2}$ (or something other which requires more vertical space). To get properly sized parentheses I tried: f\left(\frac{y}{2}\right) ...
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LaTeX - ConTeXt converter or there and back again:)

I'm looking for some converter LaTeX -> ConTeXt and perhaps LaTeX <- ConTeXt (just in case). I can write simple script and implement translation of basic syntax, but perhaps someone did it?
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LaTeX + Memoir or ConTeXt MkIV?

Is it worth to migrate from LaTeX (with Memoir) to ConTeXt? I think about it, but I have few doubts: LaTeX + Memoir is a well documented team, while ConTeXt not, LaTeX + Memoir is a team that works ...
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Print a Notebook with LaTeX

I just came across something I missed a few years ago: I still use notebooks that do not have the correct margins for writing, i.e., the outer and bottom margins are the end of the page and the inner ...
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Expand abbreviation automatically at beginning of line

According to an tradition in Spanish typesetting (Martinez de Sousa, MELE4), the abbreviation etc. should be fully expanded to etcétera when it appears at the beginning of the line (Spanish page in ...