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

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What is the best book with american typography rules? [on hold]

There is russian book Reference book of editor and author which is well-known and considered the best comprehensive guide to typography and writing of text in russian (formatting, margins, font sizes ...
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How do I make my document look like it was written by a Cthulhu-worshipping madman?

I want to type up some spells from the RPG Call of Cthulhu and give them to my players. I could just type them up in Word or LaTeX, but that seems too...neat. I'd like to make these things look like ...
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Which chapter styles are appropriate for theses writing? [on hold]

A small plethora of chapter heading styles are available with just a few lines of code, but not all, it seems to me, would be appropriate for theses writing. Some chapter styles offer more "wow" than ...
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When should I use non-breaking space?

DEK gained a reputation of painting red the draft dissertations of his students, taking particular note of incidents when they omitted a non-breaking space that should have been included. I have this ...
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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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LaTeX challenge: how to reproduce this layout and typography

I would like to create a document in latex (whatever \documentclass) to reproduce the layout below and its typography style. I'd like to know if there is any open font at FontSquirrel or anywhere ...
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Make MS Word document look like it has been typeset in LaTeX

A few years back, I used to use LaTeX for writing reports and such, and I really liked the look of them. However, nowadays I am forced to use MS Word to write my reports, but that does not hinder me ...
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Is there a standard for automatic line-breaking for text with various alignment types?

The context is that I'd like to not have to manually choose newlines and rather eyeball the length of text and possibly specify the number of lines or horizontal width the text should take up. I'm ...
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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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Define word with mixed case letters (upper/lower)

I am using some acronym-like words in my text that actually do not have a phrase but have a standard way of writing, like a "brand". (for ex. MyWorD) Is there a library for this or a way to define ...
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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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Line break with _

I have been searching what is the proper line break when using _ but I did not find any rules for that. I have a table which is too big and the content has to be divided into two lines. I have a name ...
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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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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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Suggest for fonts that improve the usage of paper as alternative to Times New Roman [closed]

Yesterday someone asked me a rather curious question that has to do with LaTeX and typography. Specifically the person is interested in being able to change the font from Times New Roman to thereby ...
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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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Consistency versus aesthetics with respect to \tilde and \widetilde

I am currently working on a paper which heavily uses \tilde for both lower case letters and capitals in math bold font. When using \tilde for lower case letters, everything looks perfectly fine, but ...
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How to visualize the underfull box in final output PDF files

I am finalizing a document. There are a few underfull vbox I just cannot figure out where they are. Sometimes it is easy to figure out which page is underfull vbox from the log file, but sometimes it ...
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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 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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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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Italics using csquotes with foreign language

Using the csquotes package and polyglossia with French, i want to transform only \foreignquote{english}{my text is write in english italics with « » typography} into italics. \documentclass[a4paper, ...
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Listings, Literate Programming, and Beautiful Typography

Now that I'm procrastinating with tweaking LaTeX, instead of finishing my Ph.D. thesis, I'm wondering what's the most beautiful way to typeset source code (C#, C++, LISP, XML, BNF) in LaTeX. ...
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emulateapj options not changing anything

simple question: how do you change an option with emulateapj? I'm using \documentclass[12pt, apj]{emulateapj} but it appears to have no effect and comes up with these messages: [Compiling ...
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Would it make sense to write a TeX algorithms implementation in Cairo/Pango, so that it can be used to output anything Cairo can?

What I'd like to do is experiment with a TeX renderer, and write it in a good graphics library, which includes font support, so I ended up with Cairo. Does it make sense to write a typesetting ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Is TeX “typeset complete”? [closed]

Occasionally, I see a question on TeX StackExchange where my first idea is "this can't be possible". Yet there always seems to be a way to do exactly what was asked for in TeX. Can TeX, in principle, ...
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What are the drawbacks of XeTeX/XeLaTeX vs standard LaTeX? [duplicate]

I'm planning to switch back to \LaTeX{}, but I would like to be able to use any .ttf font that I need. Back in the time I used to format any document with LaTeX I was comfortable with the terribly ...
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Typesetting limitations of LaTeX

What are the typesetting limitations of LaTeX? In other words what are the things that desktop publishing and word processing programs do better than LaTeX? I am not really interested in things that ...
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Shaped pdf page

I don't think this is possible but, is the PDF format able to stand shaped pages? The idea is to produce documents giving a reading experience like this one's: but to bee seen on a screen. Should ...
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Randomized drawing of individual glyphs

I was reading Knuth's "Mathematical Typography" (Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society 1(2):337-372) and the section "Randomization" called my attention. I quote most of it here. I'd like ...
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Why not use vertical lines ('|') in a tabular?

My question is a follow-up to the answer to a follow-up question, to be found here. ;) I'd like to know why one would advise against using vertical lines (via |) in a tabular (i.e. in ...
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Beamer like ClassicThesis

If I write my thesis with ClassicThesis, how can I fix beamer layout to get a similar setup? Does exist a template for this problem?
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When one should use spacing line \quad or \,

In general, in most places, it is said that using TeX defaults is the best. However, TeX does provide things like \, and \quad etc. When one should use them? Both in general and in math mode in ...
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Hyphen, Capital T and Kerning

When using a hyphen directly next to a capital T the spacing (kerning) looks weird: Input: Abc-Tuv Output: It seems as there is too much space between the hyphen and the T. I can reproduce this ...
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Practice documents to typeset?

Aside from when I read The TeXbook, I have only ever used TeX for immediate problems. But, I have to familiarize myself with typography in general, for a job. I am finding the documentation in TeX ...
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Ideal width of figures compared to the text width [closed]

Are there some rules of the thumb to define the ideal width of an image in a printed work? Made up examples: The figure width should be around 0.61803 * text width. (Golden ratio) Never use figure ...
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How to refer to figures, tables, equations and sections [closed]

What is the correct way to refer to figures, tables, equations and sections? For example, should I write In Figure 1.1 we notice that.... or In fig. 1.1 we notice that.... or In figure 1.1 we notice ...
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Rules for typesetting mathematical constants upright [closed]

It has been proposed that mathematical constants should be set upright to distinguish them from variables.1 This rule can also be stated as:2 There's a little-known rule, best stated as ...
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Typesetting programming packages/libraries in LaTeX

When referring to programming packages/libraries (such as matplotlib for example) within a LaTeX document should one typeset it to denote it as a package/library name? Such as using \texttt{}?
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Should a code sample be followed by a punctuation to conform to the language grammar?

Let's say I have the following text: The first program a computer science student sees is usually program HelloWorld(output); begin WriteLn('Hello, World!'); end. or 10 PRINT "Hello ...
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How to typeset the symbols for charged particles?

Maybe this question will seem trivial, but I was wondering how you people typeset symbols for charged particles? I was thinking here in particular about the electron, the proton and the neutron. This ...
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Comparing typographic traditions for different languages

Sometimes students using LaTeX ask me how to do the typesetting of documents in French or Spanish. I'm not able to help them because I never learned to speak or write French or Spanish. Different ...
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Expand abbreviation automatically at beginning of line

According to an tradition in Spanish typesetting (Martinez de Sousa, MELE4), the abbreviation etc. should be fully expanded to etcétera when it appears at the beginning of the line (Spanish page in ...
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How to properly typeset footnotes/superscripts after punctuation marks?

I find the spacing of footnote marks after punctuation marks quite unsatisfactory, especially with sans serif fonts and compared to the spacing after letters. Example follows: I came up with a ...