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

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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 ...
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Evaluate typographical beauty of a document (widow, orphans, hyphens, etc) in order to optimize the page geometry

When finalizing documents, one of the last things I do is usually to play with the page geometry to improve the overall layout: get rid of a few orphans or widows, reduce the number of hyphenations, ...
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Golden ratio typography in TeX

Chris Pearson makes a number of claims in his article Secret Symphony: The Ultimate Guide to Readable Web Typography, which I find fascinating, and I would like to know: are the formulas he proposes ...
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Is there a way to avoid short lines?

Is there a universal setting to tell TeX that the last line of a paragraph can not have just one word? For instance, instead of this: This is a sample paragraph and there is one word here. you ...
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Table layout: cells with short and long text

I've been fiddling with a table layout where some cells contain very little text while others may need multiple lines, and I can't seem to get it readable and nice-looking. MWE: ...
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Conjugation - How to typeset it?

Can you help me? I do not know what to type in order to show the conjugation. I mean that the matrix B has complex entries and C is the transpose matrix of B, then B* is C with a line above. How ...
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More than one width of a glyph in LaTeX or LuaLatex

I don't know where I can ask about it. I have font with 2 or 3 versions of letter 'a'. How I can put this information to LuaLaTeX, LaTeX etc.? When the paragraph are breaking/making LaTeX made ...
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Writing a Play in LaTeX [duplicate]

How would you properly format a play? All I can think of is having a two-column document, bit I have no idea how to format lines or scenes correctly. I can try to find a picture of what I am looking ...
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Prevent words such as 'the' from appearing at the end of the line

I write my document in Latex for Mac and I don't know how to prevent Latex from putting 'the' and similar short words at the end of the line. I already tried impnattypo and encxvlna packages, but none ...
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Command to write MIMO configurations

I want to write something like MIMO (multiple-input and multiple-output) configuration 2 x 2, 2 x 4, etc. and be consistent all over the document. For now I have defined a command to do that as I put ...
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Prevent new sections to start on the lower part of page [duplicate]

Is it possible to redefine the section-command so that it automatically starts on a new page if say less than a quarter of the current page remains? Below is a minimal working example. In this case ...
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Quoting shell commands

My question is, how would you typographically approach quoting of shell commands? My current solution does not satisfy me completely. Current look:
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Copyright disclaimer as a footnote at bottom of first page

I am writing a scientific paper and I am having difficulty adding a "copyright" footer on the first page. I am currently having a paper which looks like this (from howtotex.com): (Link to ...
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Typesetting of volume integral

This question has been bugging me for a long time: How do I properly typeset volume integrals? I would like to use the convention often used in Physics: d^3x=dV and \int dx f(x) instead of \int f(x) ...
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Robert Sedgewick - Algorithms Fourth Edition Style in LaTeX

Recently, I've read "Algorithms" (in Java) - Fourth Edition by Robert Sedgewick. Aside the useful and interesting contents of the book, I was also captivated by book's style. Later on, I read some ...
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Correct way to typeset a bold and dotted math symbol?

OK, I've seen related questions which indicate that you only bold the main symbol and not subscripts, and a few other almost related questions. But what about when you are using a bold math symbol ...
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Best practice for typesetting physical quantities using siunitx [closed]

Consider the following example. Code \documentclass{article} \usepackage{amsmath} \usepackage[ locale=DE, output-product=\cdot, product-units=single % I use this option a lot in the document, ...
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Proper way to typset minimum value of variable in formula?

To typeset a value with a subscript I use this: $U_{\text{res}}$ Which results in: Now I'd like to write "the minimum value of Ures", how would I correctly typeset that? The first thing I tried ...
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Strange ampersand shape in italics

I'm trying to use the & symbol in the bib file. The following is my code: booktitle = {Design, Automation {\&} Test in Europe Conference {\&} Exhibition}, The output is : Is this ...