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Does combining microtype with ragged right make any sense?

My impression when using microtype in a document that used \RaggedRight (everything said is probably true for \raggedright as well but who cares really ...) always was that all lines just get ...
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Wide inverted breve overset

I want an inverted breve that spans the width of two symbols rather than one. I have tried the suggestions in: inverted breve accent in math mode , and in How to put \smallsmile or \smallfrown on top ...
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Switching decimal mark between comma and dot

You might know that in large part of continental Europe, decimal mark is comma instead of dot. I am writing a really huge document and I would like to switch between them easily from one point, e.g. ...
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Using TeX to split words into syllables

I know literally nothing about TeX, but when trying to figure out how to split english words into syllables I saw that the TeX typesetting system has a syllable breaking algorithm. Is there a simple ...
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What was your very first complete document done with TeX/LaTeX & friends? [closed]

Recently I looked up my first ever document done with LaTeX, and as strange and crazy as it may seems, it was my first thesis (wrote in only two weeks). It all turned out well as I did a very good ...
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correct environment/command for booktitles, names, etc

What is "the correct" environment/command for booktitles, names, songtitles, names of movies or other papers? Example Sentence: Some ideas of that are also reviewed in \c1{Max Mox}'s interview ...
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Turning off TeXnical enhancements

I want to create a table for comparing TeX's typography with that of (approximated) other document solutions. I'd like to turn off all TeXnical enhancements for a single column of text—no ligatures, ...
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Special formatting for section numbers

In these Mathematical Writing notes prepared by Knuth et al. (worth checking out the first few pages if you write technical articles), they use a certain typography for Section numbers. Aside from the ...
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typesetting in the style of Turing's famous “ON COMPUTABLE NUMBERS”

Maybe an unusual question but I love the typographical style of this text. http://classes.soe.ucsc.edu/cmps210/Winter11/Papers/turing-1936.pdf I am an art student writing a research paper. I would ...
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Table with all numbers in millions

What is the proposed way to set numbers in tables which are all in the millions? None of the numbers has a significant digit smaller than 1,000. Since it is a rather large table, I want to get rid off ...
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Harvard Business Review Typefaces [closed]

I am wondering if there are any references to the typefaces used by the Harvard Business Review in their monthly publication. Does anyone have some useful pointers?
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How to get back on a higher section level?

This is a follow up to here. Just out of typographical interest: Is it possible to get back to a higher section level in some document? Kind of misusing a subsection as a bigger bracketed part of a ...
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How to properly typeset multiletter quantities, e.g. Re or Nu (Reynolds, Nusselt numbers)

Is there a canonical way to typeset such quantities in equations and inline math? \documentclass{article} \begin{document} $Re$, $Nu$ are clearly not an option. $\mathit{Re}$, $\mathit{Nu}$ appear ok ...
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Typesetting of digits in groups of two

Consider the following example: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{oldstyle} \begin{document} \textos{12345678} \end{document} I would like a command that group the digits in two and puts a \, ...
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Typesetting email address

I have found this answer by Will Robertson on how to typeset an email address: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{color,hyperref} \catcode`\_=11\relax \newcommand\email[1]{\_email #1\q_nil} ...
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Size of indices (sub- and super- scripts)

I've been looking around for a way to change the size of indices (all through the manuscript). I found a lot of stuff, which could work, but I refuse to use without understandind. (See for example ...
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How much space between number and unit?

Javier Bezos (famous of titlsec, tensind, spanish ... packages; and now maintainer of babel) wrote a nice book on typography and scientific notation in spanish. He says (pag. 82) that the space ...
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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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Soul vs Microtype in regards to Tracking

When using small/all caps, I was told to adjust the tracking alongside. I have found \SetTracking from microtype and \so from soul. Is there an advantage to using one or the other and if yes why? Do ...
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Looking for an ebook about typography that used to be part of a package

Sorry for asking, but an iron-curtain seems to have settled in my brain... I'm looking for a ebook about typography and how to best write/typeset a book. It used to be part of the documentation for ...
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Should labels in tikz / pgfplots / etc. have serifs? [duplicate]

By default, diagrams in tikz and pgfplots inherit the style of the surrounding document, which is a good thing. However, I've read that serifs are good for large bodies of printed text (the main text ...
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How big should margins be on a typographically (and visually) pleasing CV?

Given that neither Why are default LaTeX margins so big? nor LaTeX template for resume/curriculum vitae explicitly touches on this topic, I'd like to close a gap in my understanding: How big ...
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I want my document to look like this what can I do?

I am trying to make my document look like this. http://www2.hn.psu.edu/faculty/jmanis/kant/critique-pure-reason6x9.pdf But I don't know enough LaTeX or typography :(
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How to write upper case \varepsilon in LaTeX math environment?

I need the uppercase of this sign $\varepsilon$ how to I get that?
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Using operator spacing to indicate precedence

I regularly have to typeset equations that are, because of their inherent complexity, difficult to read. To address this I have gotten into the habit of emphasizing operator precedence by horizontal ...
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How should I typeset the physical dimensions of quantities?

As an example: The Newton's Law gives F=ma vs. dim F=MLT^{-2} My question is: Should I typeset the "MLT" in \mathit shape? You can contrast ...
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Sans-serif to go with EB Garamond (no math)?

Suggestions for a good sans-serif font to go with (compliment) EB Garamond? Math and non-Western European support are not required. Text is fiction, not academic or scientific. English with an ...
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Please, don't do that! [closed]

We often think that changing this or that will improve the layout or readability of a page or entire document, but sometimes we shouldn't. Which typographical choices does LaTeX make that we shouldn't ...
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Usage of LaTeX? [duplicate]

I've seen LaTeX being used in academic theses, letters, music scores, CVs, reaction schemes, Feynman diagrams and even exam papers. Did I miss anything intriguing?
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Are there any typographical improvements planned for LaTeX3?

I have read a few posts about the changes to LaTeX in the upcoming "version", are there planned any changes to how LaTeX renders typography? Regarding kerning, spacing and all the "fancy" things ...
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In SI units, use text font numerals or math font numerals? [closed]

I am using Palatino and Neo Euler. When typesetting SI units with siunitx package the font for the unit is changed to the text roman, but the numerals are still from the math alphabet. Euler has a ...
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Using a negative space \! to differentiate between functions and products

In Physics, I often have functions like f(x), but also multiplications like y(-x). I would like my math to be easy to understand, so I am looking for a way to suggest function calls and ...
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Alternatives to LaTeX

Are there any professional alternatives to TeX/LaTeX which produce equal or even better typesetting? Maybe expensive commercial ones. The software counts if it is comparable or superior to LaTeX ...
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How to typeset a primed vector

I write a vector with an arrow above the letter using \vec{p} and sometimes the vector needs to be primed using ' (or ^{\prime}, equivalently). However, neither \vec{p}' nor \vec{p'} looks ...
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How are atlases and other large books made in LaTeX? [closed]

I was wondering how large books such as atlases or encyclopedias were made in LaTeX? For example, how does one setup their document or design the layout for such a big book? Is it the same process ...
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Meaning of \quad

Many LaTeX command names have some 'justification'. For example the commands \cup and \cap have a straightforward meaning. However, I couldn't find a meaning for the commands \quad and \qquad. Is it ...
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non-invasive kerning/spacing modification: what options are there?

Once in a while, you may want to (1) adjust or create a kerning pair (or, better yet, kerning class) in a font, or (2) adjust a particular glyph's sidebearings. examples of scenario (1) would include ...
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How to Use Goudy Initialen in Lettrine

How can I use the Goudy Initialen font with Lettrine for the first drop letter of a paragraph? I can't understand from the documentation how to use LettrineFontHook or LettrineFont to do this?
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Which Unicode fonts are available with grades/optical sizes comparable to Donald Knuth's awesome eight grades in Computer Modern Roman?

Which Unicode fonts are available with grades/optical sizes comparable to Donald Knuth's awesome eight grades in Computer Modern Roman? It would be great to get at least 3 options! This question is ...
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Does LaTeX automatically change fonts when switching between Title, Author, Date, and Body Text or sizes modifiers?

I have a question regarding the inner workings of the system. Let us assume that I am using the article class. I cannot help but notice that the title seems to have a different look than the body ...
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How to typeset hh:mm:ss time format in math mode?

What's the correct way to typeset a daytime in the format hh:mm:ss in math mode? For example in $2:13,12\,\mathrm{min} = \SI{133,12}{s}$.
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What exactly are the semantics of noun case?

I'm a LaTeX and LyX beginner. One thing that's making me scratch my head is LyX's Toggle noun button. According to the manual, I should use noun case for people's names, and the default rendering ...
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Recommend way to get angular velocity in degree with siunitx

The siunitx package has a special macro for setting angles in degrees called like \ang{42}, which renders as , i.e. sets no space between the number and the unit as recommended and in contrast to the ...
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How to use fontspec with opentype fonts when ligatures are a separate font

I am just learning LATEX. Have been wanting to for years, doing quite well (at 60) and many years of programming are making it a joy! I am using fontspec to load some fonts directly from a ...
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Command to generate captchas [duplicate]

I am looking to use a command that would generate the distorted word "CAPTCHA" as seen in the title of this document Understanding CAPTCHA-Solving Services in an Economic Context I have no clue how to ...
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Chemistry package for typesetting nuclide

Is there a chemistry package with a specific command for typesetting nuclide? If not, what is the preferred method for typing this? Here is what I have myself: \documentclass{article} ...
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How do I enter ὅπερ ἔδει δεῖξαι in TeX?

How do I typeset this statement if I'm using \usepackage[default]{frcursive} and \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} in my TEX file?
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Using both a double-story and single-story g in math mode

I am writing some mathematics in which I want to use both typographic variants of the lowercase 'g' in math mode. See the Wikipedia page to see the two variants. There is a single-story and a ...
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How to optimize Latin Modern font with XeLaTeX

I need to create a XeLaTeX document with many fonts. I will use many fonts because my documents talk about fonts. But I want to use Latin Modern as main font. So I downloaded and installed ALL the ...
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how to arrange the place before a pair of parentheses indicating a note in math mode?

I need write some formula. I don't know how to choose the |space| as below: $a_1=S_1$, $a_n=S_{n} - S_{n-1}$ |space| ($n > 1$) (Maybe $a_1=S_1$, $a_n=S_{n} - S_{n-1} |space| (n > 1)$ is ...