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

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Mid-paragraph drop cap / float (lettrine)

I'm trying to typeset drop caps, but I have some instances where I need a drop cap to be mid-paragraph. I'm picturing something like: /\ *Some multiline text /==\ starts here and goes below, ...
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Mimicking the Microtype documentation

One of the nicest LaTeX examples I have seen is the Microtype documentation. The .dtx file is available here and I have been trying to recreate a document looking like this. Unfortunately it's not ...
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How can I cleanly/efficiently insert *half* of an inter-word skip?

The title question is plainly posed—is there a simpler way of doing this (or at least one that actually works? When dealing with em-dashes (—), I've read that it's important to keep a small ...
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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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Vertical spacing before and after equation environment: empty line or not?

The vertical spacing in front of and behind the amsmath equation environment is different whether I insert a blank line or not (im using KOMA-Script with parskip=half if this is important). I'd like ...
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Solution for typesetting interviews in LaTeX?

Are there any packages for typesetting interviews in LaTeX? Of course, I could manually format all the text but I am sure that there are typographical rules for interview sections that I would ...
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Typesetting mixed-case acronyms with numbers

What are the various alternatives to typeset acronyms that contain lowercase letters, lowercase letters and numbers? For example, take the acronym SOA4All. The naive way would be to typeset it just ...
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How to fake mid-caps with LaTeX? (I.e. How to stretch characters of a font?)

Background As discussed in this question, one would often like to use small caps for abbreviations, however, mixed case acronyms such as OpenMP look rather odd (see example 2 below): The problem ...
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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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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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Can my LaTeX (maths) code be improved?

I feel that my code isn't written very efficiently. \documentclass[a4paper,11pt]{article} \usepackage[english]{babel} \usepackage[pdftex]{graphicx} \usepackage{tikz} \usepackage{wasysym} ...
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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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How can I create a Chicago Manual of Style formatted document in LaTeX?

I have an assignment which requires me to use CMS formatting, double spaced, in 12pt font. I'd rather avoid using the much inferior "Word" or "Writer" programs -- in particular I like how LaTeX ...
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Kerning for arabic digits?

In most fonts, arabic digits have nonproportional width, meaning that 1 and 8 have exactly the same width even if the former has a smaller natural width. This is good for typesetting tables, but in ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Typesetting non-scientific material for the first time

I have used TeX and friends for many years to produce academic documents: assignments, reports, journal articles, etc. As a hobby project, I am going to try something different by typesetting a book ...
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Double-bar notation for second-order tensors

I want to use the double-bar notation for second-order tensors, which is common in continuum mechanics (e.g. for the strain and stress tensors). I've searched the Comprehensive LATEX Symbol List but ...
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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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LaTeX produces bad, widowed line

I just found a widowed line in my PDF document, created by LaTeX. It looks something like this, see "sion" on the second page: | blah blah expres- | | 8 | --------------------- ...
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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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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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typesetting the document which fits into marked fixed lines

I have a to typeset the article such that, the output should be printed on the fixed marks that are 1.36 cms apart. In other words, printing sheet has marked lines which are 1.36 cms apart. I have ...
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How to punctuate multiline equations?

This might be off topic, yet I wouldn't know where else to ask. I want to keep up with the good habit of punctuating displayed equations. For example I know the comma (,) is compulsory in Here, we ...
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dot's shape of the italic abbreviation words

I want to write thief (pl. thieves) Which is correct, the \textbf{thief} (\textit{pl.} thieves) or the \textbf{thief} (\textit{pl}. thieves) ?
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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 ...
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Macro for the average width of a character

How can i made a macro similar to \averagecharwidth of ConTeX in LaTeX, that calculates the average width of a character based on the frequency of that character into my document ? that macro is show ...
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Font and typesetting of EGA by Numdam

I very much like the typesetting in Numdam's writeup of Éléments de géométrie algébrique. I find the font particularily pleasing, and the headers are nice as well. I've heard this is how it looked in ...
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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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Fixate document length to n pages

I often find myself squeezing documents to meet ensure the final document is below some set length. I often do this by cutting whitespace, enlarging pages by a line height, etc., and of course by ...
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Make apostrophe closer to letter

I am using the lettrine package to typeset capitals. When there is an apostrophe with a capital L, the spaces look quite ugly. I would like to achieve something like the following: I've already set ...
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Highlighting text through stacked colored underlines

I have sentences in which characters have been "marked" by some people and not by others. I'd like to present the markings simultaneously. Stacked colored underlining (in which a line represents each ...
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Written response spaces for a workbook in ConTeXt

I am making a workbook in ConTeXt. Throughout the workbook, there will be many spaces for the owner to write in short answers of one or two paragraphs. This can be quite simple, perhaps just a ...
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Is it OK to use a macro for an operator, or a macro defined by `\DeclareMathOperator`, as a non-operator?

Macros like \det, I believe, is intended to be used before some expression, but sometimes I wish to use them as in \det \in \mathbf{VP}. Is it acceptable to use them like this instead of using ...
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How to make the math font slightly thicker?

I'd like to use TeX Gyre Schola as my text font and the default LaTeX font for the math mode. (Side question: is the default font Latin Modern in math mode or another font?) MWE: ...
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How to choose good values for findent and nindent?

I'm using the lettrine package with the default two-line initials (so that I can use findent and nindent). My problem is typographical rather than TeXnical: how do I choose good values for these ...
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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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Alternate Q in Garamond Premier Pro with XeLaTeX

My question is closely related to Glyph substitution: alternate capital Q in URW-Garamond? (LaTeX, Mac OS X) but I am using XeLateX. It looks like there is a hidden mechanism that I do not understand. ...
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Choice between asparaitem, compactitem, and itemize

I am writing a conference paper (in lncs). I see people using different itemization styles: asparaitem, compactitem, and itemize. Because the spacing of these environments is somewhat different, I am ...
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Spacing of sectioning commands for grid typesetting

I know questions about grid typesetting have been asked before, and some packages (grid, gridpos) exist. The scenario I have at the moment is simpler than that, and is mostly a question about elastic ...
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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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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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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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Typesetting a song inside a non-fiction book

In several places in a book, I need to quote songs. I've tried the verse environment, but it doesn't really look great: \begin{verse} Douce nuit! Sainte nuit!\\ Tout se tait, l'heure fuit.\\ Seuls ...