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

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Showcase of beautiful typography done in TeX & friends

If you were asked to show examples of beautifully typeset documents in TeX & friends, what would you suggest? Preferably documents available online (I'm aware I could go to a bookstore and find ...
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Tip on how to make a visually good table

I'm using booktabs to make most of the tables in my thesis. However, I'm not sure if that is the best solution for tables with more than 6-7 rows, as it can be difficult to read (there is no line ...
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Typography and style - good choices for font styles in TikZ or pgfplots graphics?

When creating graphics or graphs with TikZ and/or pgfplots, one can put several commands to format the text to his likings. My question is: what are sound possibilities to format the elements in said ...
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Ideas for a LaTeX editor to make it easier [on hold]

I am having some ideas that I'd like to share with the community about a Latex editor that would make Latex easier to use and would help us become more productive. I was inspired by other Latex ...
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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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Quotations spanning multiple paragraphs in csquotes with french guillemets under LyX

This question was already raised and answered here for american: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{csquotes} \usepackage[american]{babel} \DeclareQuoteStyle[american]{english}% verified ...
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Text on rectangular spiral with automatic sizing to fill page

I'm wondering how this could be done in TeX: This is along the lines of Text spirals with TikZ but in a rectangle, with all text the same size, and all text should be at right angles (unlike the ...
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titletoc: getting rid of empty line at TOC start

Consider the following simplified TOC style (yes, the real-life version does look better than this MWE). Thing looks okay except for the fact that the first TOC line lies one line below where it ...
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Appropriate \tolerance for novel

Say I want to typeset a novel in a format close to the general standard (something like A5 format with top/bottom margins 2cm and margins 2cm & 2.5cm in the spine/non-spine sides of the book --- I ...
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How to write a calligraphic letter with a check hat?

I would like to typeset but $\v{\mathcal{R}}$ or $\mathcal{\v{R}}$ would not work....
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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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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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Indexing the result of a lengthy matrix computation

this question relates to a problem about style or maybe convention. I have a matrix $M$ which is the result of a lengthy matrix computation (in my case: a long chain of matrix additions and ...
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A hack for getting a *capital* Weierstrass P in order to represent the Power Set operation [closed]

I've been reading around stack exchange trying to find out how to get the symbol I wanted for the power set operation in set theory. In my opinion, the best and most standard symbol for this is the ...
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Are there any studies that show that LaTeX typesetting is beautiful?

I am currently writing my bachelor's thesis about symbol recognition. In my introduction, I have the sentence [LaTeX] offers to many people the possibility not only to create texts themselves, but ...
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CV with Latex: is a beautiful design really possible? [closed]

I make my CV with Latex and a french sty file for years now, nothing fancy to be honest. Looking for some inspiration, I found some astonishing examples of CV online, and I've seen on the other ...
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Make a document look like it's been redacted by the CIA? [duplicate]

I've produced notes collections for physics courses that I've taken that include problem set solutions. Two Professors have said they are worried future students will use my notes to cheat (i.e. it's ...
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Make listing look normal (ttfamily and character spacing) [duplicate]

listings seems to like protrude characters. Every time I see that I have this strange urge of killing a kitten. How can I get rid of it? \documentclass{article} \parindent0pt ...
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Showcase TeX Typography for TUG's Calendar

I'm making a calendar. The calendar will be for TUG, 2015. Last year I also made a calendar but because of time constraints most examples were graphics. Since this is a lot of work, I need your help. ...
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Background notebook template with spiral

I would like to print a document with math text to look like the picture below: However, I would like to be able to edit : color of background the position of spiral grid on/off i tired this ...
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Do I need to use LaTeX with Chinese? [duplicate]

I have seen a lot guides of LaTeX including the beauty of LaTeX, but I find those who tell others about how powerful LaTeX is in typesetting English( languages consists alphabets). and I could tell ...
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No more spaces after \ast [duplicate]

I want to use the \ast asterisk in my document. However in the PDF there is no more space after the occurrence of the star, and LaTeX wants to cram all the following text in one line which obviously ...
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typesetting documents is not working since there are no formats available [duplicate]

I get the following message TeX engine: tex is missing, resetting to regular 'tex' * Typesetting LATEX.LTX * what do I do?
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Vanishing spaces between words inside a QRcode

When the text of a QRcode comes from a \newcommand{\TextInsideQRcode}, the spaces between the words vanish. Is there a way to maintain the spaces between the words ? \documentclass[]{article} ...
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How do I make a presentation that seems made on an overhead projector?

I want to do a presentation simulating an overhead projector which some professors used when I was a math student. I couldn't find an image to mimic the background produced by an overhead projector. ...
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Changing catcode of Arabic vowel

I'm using XeLaTeX and Khaled Hosny's Amiri font for writing Arabic, the vowel tanwin fath is place above the letter alif (second word in sixth line in the output belw). This makes for a tall glyph ...
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What best combination of fonts for Serif, Sans, and Mono do you recommend?

Now that Xe(La)TeX is being increasingly used to deliver nifty documents, I am wondering if any recommendations have been published or discussed about the best combination of font families for mixing ...
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Using \fontsize in XeLaTeX and LuaLaTeX

In the Wikibooks/TeX article on fonts, it is stated that The \tiny...\Huge commands are often enough for most contents. These are fixed sizes however. In most document processors, you can usually ...
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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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Good sources of examples for inspiration? [duplicate]

A bit of an OT-question from a newbie I'm afraid... I just hope to find some entusiasts here who may know a source. Here goes... Are there any good sources of sample-documents that is suitable as ...
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Showcase of surprising possibilities with TeX [duplicate]

LaTeX is more or less built to typeset books, particularly (but not exclusively) scientific literature. It is less obvious that LaTeX is also extremely good at producing Songbooks Play scripts Chess ...
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How to illustrate saccades with the help of tikz?

While reading our eyes moves in so-called saccades which are "jumps" between "syllables" (actually it is a jump from word presence to word presence (or word image to wordimage -- sorry don't know the ...
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Is LaTeX used for novels? [closed]

Considering the fact that LaTeX has extraordinary typesetting capabilities, you would think that some publishers of novels would use it. Yet most of those I have checked out seem to use InDesign or a ...
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Is there a way to avoid theorem-like environments to be split across pages?

In the article class, sometimes our definitions or theorems (theorem-like environments) may be split into two parts across two pages. I would like to know if there is a way to avoid this situation to ...
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Pros and cons of kerning, spacing, and tracking in microtype [duplicate]

As noted in this answer, kerning, spacing, and tracking are turned off by default in microtype. Why is that? Are there good arguments against using it? What would be the pros and cons of activating ...
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Kashida-like Hebrew typesetting

I was wondering, what if there actually was a way to produce kashida-like typography in Hebrew in LaTeX. Not necessary as paragraph text, even as an image (nobody prints books like that to the best ...
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What is the difference between a typesetting language and a markup language

I remember, I read some article in a technical journal where the author drew the attention on the reader on a lot of people confusing typesetting languages and markup languages. How can I surely tell ...
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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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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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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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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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Correct typesetting of aligned (or multiline etc) equations after a pagebreak [duplicate]

I was writing a block of mathematical formulas using the align environment. While I was writing these aligned equations I reached a pagebreak and the whole block moved to the next page so it made me ...
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Glossaries: Make a glossary entry recognizable in printing

How do you make it visible to the reader that the printed word/term is an entry in the glossary? In my PDF on the computer, I just see it because I use the hyperref package and there's a red box ...
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Typesetting mathematical formulas in line breaking

When you typeset a mathematical formula is there a rule regarding the breaking of the formula in a new line, meaning if for instanse the formula breaks in a plus sign (+) or in a equal sign (=) then ...
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override \scshape in fancyhdr

I would like to be able to disable the \scshape for a specific word in the title of a subsection. For example when using $\mathfrak{}$. Here is the parameters I have set for the layout. ...
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CV / Resume class with good accompanying letter and document classes [closed]

I am refreshing my résumé and would like to use a class that works well stylistically with other classes for cover letters, research statements, and other documents. Quite often these documents have ...
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How to distinguish between superscripts and powers in typeset output?

There are some packages that allows one to distinguish between superscript (say footnote marks or say Isotopes in Chemistry) and math powers in the markup but is there a subtle little way by which we ...
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Conjugation of matrices - 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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Introduce random imperfections to typeset' text

LaTeX does an outstanding job in typesetting things perfectly (as if that needed to be said yet one more time...). Now, I'd like to introduce certain imperfections to my text to make it look like it ...
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Which equations should be numbered? [closed]

Is the best practice to number all equations, or just those that will be referred to?