{typography} is the art and technique of arranging type, type design, and modifying type glyphs.

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{(x+y)}^2 or (x+y)^2?

This expression is just an example, of course. My question is: should one always specify the quantity being exponentiated by surrounding it with braces, or is it acceptable to drop those braces? ...
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Bembo, Bembo Book or Garamond Premier Pro? And how to exploit all their features with LuaLaTex?

I am allowed to use one of these fonts (or the three of them if I want) to edit a document. Here is the list of the Bembo fonts I have : Bembo-Bold.otf Bembo-ExtraBoldOsF.otf ...
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Hyphenating words with archaic spellings

I often work with texts from the 17- to 1800s that (in addition to now obsolete words) contain familiar words in slightly different spelling. The language of these texts, and of the ones I'm writing, ...
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What typographic rules are there for indenting paragraphs?

I wonder what typographic rules there are for indenting. Does it require a certain amount of lines to be justified or should it be applied per default. In my opinion, the text colour is not very ...
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Producing centered asterisk to indicate new section

In a text (or a passage of a text) that is not subdivided by headings -- say, an essay --, a common tool to indicate the start of a new section is a simple asterisk (or other symbol), usually ...
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Where to place images and tables for a good layout?

I use KOMA Script which always places images in the top of the page. I don't think that this always looks nicely, but if I change the place of my images it doesn't seem much better. Unfortunately I ...
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Is there any Word/Writer - LaTeX demonstration document available?

I often hear how better the LaTeX is but the comparisons I have found, did not persuade me. Is there something like "showcase document" containing different kind of formatting, formulas etc. available ...
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Looking for guides on setting text with regards to good typography

I'm about to dive into LaTeX in preparation for writing a (technical) Master's Thesis. Since I'm kind of disappointed with the disregard to typography that is sometimes shown in such works I want to ...
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What is the right way to typeset “define”? [duplicate]

One often uses x:=t which reads "x is defined to be t". What is the right way to typeset this in LaTeX? Is it simply \(x := t\)? I tried to google it around but couldn't find anything (probably ...
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How to typeset statistical distributions [closed]

What is the consensus way to typeset statistical distributions? For the normal distribution I have seen all of: $X\sim N(\mu,\,\sigma^{2})$ $X\sim\mathrm{N}(\mu,\,\sigma^{2})$ ...
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How to (automatically) determine a visually appealing line spread?

I'm writing a "larger" document with a lot of mathematics. Occasionally, I use a notation like p \xrightarrow{\mathcal A^X} q which produces tall lines. LaTeX increases the line spread for those ...
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Consistent cover design regardless of inner pages

This is a series of books, the margins, page sizes are all identical. Depends on the content, the design of inner pages are slightly different, i.e. different type sizes, leading, etc. The question ...
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Typesetting Subscript: Which is correct?

Which one is correct? p_1 or p_1^{}
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Size of calligraphic number

I asked in this question Calligraphic numbers how to write a calligraphic number and got an answer. Now I need a notation for k-subsets and use the answer as follows: ...
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Highlighting chunks of text spiral

I use the code provided in this question to draw a text spiral and now I want to highlight each chunk separated with a comma in a different color. Is there a way to achieve that? ...
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Fine-tuning dimensions/whitespace parameters

I often find I need to adjust whitespace lengths in my own code. Just as an illustration, I'm in the middle of trying to insert an appropriate amount of space before the 'v's in this, to make them ...
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Style used for Knuth's “The Art of Computer Programming” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Typesetting algorithms in LaTeX like Knuth Does anyone know if there is a style that mimics Knuth's The Art of Computer Programming? Baring that, would anyone know how ...
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Text spirals with mathematics in

http://tex.stackexchange.com/a/88762/17049 provides a beautiful solution for getting spirals like this: I've been trying to use this with some mixed text/math content (for a book cover), but I find ...
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How to separate Roman numerals for a range of numbers?

Arabic numerals are separated using en-dash: pages 101--123, 2--3 and so on What is typographically correct way to separate Roman numerals? For example: with en-dash in the XIX--XX centuries ...
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Creating new characters from existing ones

In a nutshell. Is there a relatively easy way of building characters out of parts of existing ones? Rationale. (La)TeX linguists’ need for a wide palette of characters—for example, ⟨ɳ⟩ (U+0273), ⟨ɲ⟩ ...
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How should a salary negotiation letter look like? [closed]

Does anyone know if there exists a template for salary negotiation? Or perhaps how one should look like?
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Where should I use \textsc? [closed]

When should I use macro \textsc ? What is common practice in document like diploma thesis? Should I use it for names of persons, names of described entities of particular interest or in some other ...
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Declare acronyms and abbreviations to automatically correct spaces after periods?

If I understand correctly, (La)TeX assumes that a period after a lower-case letter ends a sentence while a period after an upper-case letter does not. Unfortunately, my documents usually contain ...
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Visually highlighting symbolic material

I have a diagram in which I need to indicate the difference between symbolic mathematics and English words (potentially to someone who doesn't know about it): Colour works beautifully for making ...
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Using Koma-Script's scrartcl class as an American academic: suggested changes?

It was recommended to me when I first started using LaTeX (not too long ago) and asked a question about footnotes to use Koma-Script's scrartcl class because of its /deffootnote command. Browsing ...
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Text spirals with TikZ

I just ran across this, and I'm curious about whether it can be replicated in TeX... Ideally one would have the spiral getting tighter and tighter as one got to the centre, as in I know TikZ has ...
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Indicating matching brackets/parentheses in TeX output

I often have cause to typeset things like this in TeX: When reading expressions like the one above, it's very difficult to tell which brackets match each other. I'd like to be able to define ...
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What is the template for this paper? [closed]

I find those latex document really nice and would like to know if anyone knows how to obtain a similar look and feel ? http://zll22.user.srcf.net/EtaleCohomology.pdf ...
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How to implement the Russian typographical traditions?

As is well known, TEX uses four styles in mathematics: display (D), text (T), script (S) and script-script (SS). This style defines the size of fractions and mathematical operators, the style for how ...
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The difference between $X^{\ast}$ and $X^*$? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: \star vs. \ast in formulas. Which one to use? What is the difference between X^{\ast} and X^* ? Both look the same in the pdf file - although when using Lyx the former ...
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Embossed and debossed text [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Letterpress effect through PSTricks or Tikz Can one produce embossed and debossed text in LaTeX? (E.g. using Tikz.)
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Numbering the sentences in a text

I need to number the sentences in a text in a way that makes it clear that the numbers are not part of the text. The best I've been able to come up with looks pretty horrible: I'd be grateful for ...
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Bad rendering of OrnementsADF

With the code (typeset with XeTeX) \font\orn="Ornements ADF" at 12pt \centerline{\orn\char70\quad\char57\quad\char102} \centerline{\orn\char102\quad\char57\quad\char70} ...
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Torn paper: matching up the torn edges

I recently asked a question on creating a torn paper effect. JLdiaz provided an absolutely beautiful answer, which I have used (with a very minor modification) to indicate the way in which a document ...
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Why do people chose Latex for mathematical writing? [closed]

I'm trying to make the transition from Word to Latex for mathematical writing. But the more I learn about it, the less sure I am that I should make this transition. Typographical Quality For example ...
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Torn page effect

[See Torn paper: matching up the torn edges for more on this topic, as well as better illustrations of the final product.] I have a document with a lot of short excerpts from another book scattered ...
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How to get upright parentheses in the whole document?

My question is, basically, the same as the one in Upright parentheses in italic text: how do I force all parentheses in my document to be upright, without replacing them with some commands "by hand"? ...
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Showcase of beautiful title page done in TeX

The book is mostly meets by the Title Page. Default TeX \maketitle are simple and minimalistic. I'm looking for examples of Title Pages: complex - have different formatting; beautiful and awesome; ...
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Tag placement in split equation within alignment block

Whenever I have an equation that does not fit on a single line, I am using \begin{equation}\begin{split}...\end{split}\end{equation} as recommended in the AMS math guide. This gives me an equation ...
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Which font expansion parameters are ideal for different fonts?

Following up on this question Set font expansion so that distortion is not noticeable I think a list of fonts and their respective ideal stretch and shrink parameters is missing. This would be a great ...
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Is it correct to use a comma in this equation?

Consider: Then, the sequence $k_i$ given by (3.38) is increasing and converges to \begin{equation}\label{eq:weired_equation} k^\xi = k_1\times k_2 \times c \times d, \end{equation} where $c$ and $d$ ...
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How do I typeset something like this (math - image below)?

I figured that that the exam class allows me to align the two parts of the lemma using the the \part command and also I could align the two lines of equation (3.11) using \begin{align*}, ...
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angled fraction like superscript

I would like to draw a fraction like symbol that looks similar to \frac{a}{b} BUT is angled so that the a is higher than the b and the slash is angled. Sort of like a % sign but not as drastic. Not ...
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create elegant display of digits and symbols

I want to create a display of the duodecimal digits of \pi for printing on a T shirt. I've made some progress with help from SE: Fonts larger than \Huge?, How to increase the size of first character ...
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How to adjust the kerning around a forward slash in text

In contrast to \texttt{typewriter} normal text is "connected". When using a forward slash, I get for y/. this: while I would like to get something like that: which can be accomplished by ...
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\star vs. \ast in formulas. Which one to use?

When you read a formula aloud you say "r and r-star are related by this formula". If you write this formula down you normally write an r with a six-handed star, which would actually be an asterisk and ...
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How are amounts of money to be typeset?

Writing a letter to Americans, I have wondered how to properly typeset amounts of money. As far as I know, the $-sign is supposed to precede the number, but I am clueless of the rest. Here are some ...
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Alignment of page numbers in table of contents

Consider the following example: \documentclass[a4paper,12pt]{article} \begin{document} \tableofcontents \newpage \section{test} \newpage \setcounter{page}{22} \section{introduction} \newpage ...
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How to typeset a wide table (typography)

First MWE: \documentclass[twoside,a4paper,12pt]{article} \setlength{\oddsidemargin}{9.6mm} \setlength{\evensidemargin}{-0.4mm} \setlength{\textwidth}{150mm} \usepackage[ top = 3.00cm, ...
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Oldstyle numerals or lining numerals with units of measurement?

What is considered proper typography regarding which set of numerals to use with units of measurement? A real-life example: In the experiment, shown schematically in figure 2.2, we illuminate an ...