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

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Why do we use the Latex logo when referring to Latex in text?

It seems standard practice, when typesetting with Latex, to put the Latex logo in the text whenever we are referring to Latex itself (usually through the \LaTeX command). Why do we do this? It's ...
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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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Typography: floating vs inline illustrations

I understand the use and purpose of floats containing figures and tables. It makes a lot of sense if you think about the overall aesthetics of the page. However I find the graphical distance between ...
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Center some lines within an alignat environment nested in subequations environment

For typesetting a mathematical program I use the subequations environment to number the equations. The restrictions are aligned using the alignat environment (see MWE1). What I would like to achieve ...
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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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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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Minion Pro and Monospace Font

This is more a typography question than a TeX one, but can anyone recommend me a good monospaced font that blends well with Minion Pro?
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Is there a trick to beautify bibliography?

I'm using the memoir and biblatex packages together. In general, I'm very happy with both. However, in my bibliography, I get some overflows and I don't have any clue how to avoid them... are there ...
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Make plural in small caps acronyms distinguishable

The problem Small caps are commonly used to typeset acronyms (see e.g., #9534). I personally think that this is good typographic style and makes acronyms less obtrusive. However, using small caps ...
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Beautiful text - typography

Can anyone show me how to draw something like this. I am thinking of having a quote with similar font but have no idea where to start.
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Should I use \mathsmaller with superscripts and subscripts in \frac?

I am stuck with how to best format this equation and would love if you stylish tex-heads could help me out. It looks like this: I am happy with it except for the: I think the 2 and 0 are too ...
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Theorem Style in text

This is a typographical question as opposed to a tex question. I want to standardise my theorem style when typing in normal text. Some of my theorems have names: Mordell-Weil Theorem, BSD Conjecture ...
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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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KOMA, bad typography

Ok, I have no typographical knowledge, but this: just looks wrong to me, intuitively. The spacing between the 't' and the 'u' in "Einleitung" seems clearly too wide, imho. That's the code ...
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Which font should be used for diagrams/graphs/flow charts?

I'm using the standard serif fonts in KOMA script for typesetting my thesis, 11pt for normal text. What font and font size would be recommended for use in graphs, diagrams and flow charts? The same ...
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How to provide format in latex

How to give the format of ZOZZLE as follows in latex? (please disregards to blue highlight, it is due to selection of mouse)
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Font-independent convention for multi-letter variables in math mode

For several years now, I have always used \mathit to display variables that have more than one letter, to ensure proper kerning: \fbox{$foo = f(jazz)$} vs. \fbox{$\mathit{foo} = f(\mathit{jazz})$} ...
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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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Ligatures: why “fi”, but not “fj” as well?

My university name is "FJFI", with e-mail/web addresses containing lowercase "fjfi". Then "fi" gets ligatured whereas "fj" does not, and the result looks a bit strange. My question is, which ...
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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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How compose an image from a specific text?

I love playing around with ASCII art and, as you may know, there are tools to generate ASCII art from images, where the ASCII consists of those characters which will result in the best image, as this ...
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Bold (or smallcaps) typesetting in bibliography

I'd like to generate a bibliography where authors (or maybe the title of the cited document) are printed in bold/small caps. However, I've just been able to find the following entry related with this ...
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How do I make my document look like this?

I want my document to look like this. It is an extract from the Calculus solutions book by James Stewart. I would like to know something about the following: fonts (I guess Times New Roman was ...
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General way to split a line by a rule of thumb and displaying results

The following is to construct illustrations for concepts of frequency of a properly sampled outcome if any such frequency exists. Doing such illustrations is tedious and liable to error by hand ... so ...
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What are the rules in typesetting mathematical fractions?

What are the rules for typesetting superscript, subscript and fractions (as in a/b but with an horizontal fraction bar)? I am centring the subscript on the baseline, the superscript on the cap height ...
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Why exactly is \linespread{1.05} appropriate for Palatino?

Section 1.4 of l2tabu, Changing inter-line space using \baselinestretch, contains a remark about the Palatino font: [I]f you only want to use fonts other than Computer Modern you may use ...
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Typography of sideways figure [closed]

Since my figure is too wide to fit the layout, I rotate it using sidewaysfigure environment from rotating package. I'd like to clear out some typographical issues with respect to international and/or ...
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Consistent typography

When working with large documents, or even across multiple (smaller) documents, I often find that I forget which typographical consistencies I should stick to. With TeX being inherently consistent in ...
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Should superscript and subscript be upright in this case? [duplicate]

What do you think which notation is better to read? The set $B^{high} = {b_1, \ldots, b_n}$ should indicate the set of all buildings which are high and $B^{low} = {b_1, \ldots, b_n}$ all buildings ...
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Writing accent grave in università

i'm attempting to write Università but unsuccessfully. I have tried this one: \centerline{\textbf{Universit\grave{a} degli studi di Roma}} Please can you help me to write ...
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Which LaTeX package provides this text typeface? [duplicate]

The typeface is the same as the one here: LaTeX font for 'old-fashioned' script characters I have copied the image from that post here. Thanks in advance.
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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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How to typeset time duration of a song?

I need to reference several times (eg. 2:30 - two minutes and thirty seconds) from a song for an assignment I am working on. I have thought of using $2$:$30$ because I thought using 2:30 would be ...
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Typesetting temperature, should I write the number inside dollars?

Are there any advice which one is more preferable: The temperature is $5$ degrees Celsius. or The temperature is 5 degrees Celsius. Here, I don't want to use siunitx or anything similar to ...
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Angle notation for complex numbers in polar form

I am looking for suggestions on how to typeset complex numbers in the modulo-argument form, sometimes called phasor notation. Have already checked Conventions for typesetting complex vectors and ...
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Typesetting C functions

I want to describe C-functions in a document, e.g.: The function fooBar() does foo and bar... Should I use a different typeset for the function in the text? I have the feeling that for example ...
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Macros formatting/arranging words {A_1}{A_2},…{A_n} into predefined paragraph for varying n and tagging

How does one robustly (without breaking most environments) construct the macros with arbitrary number of parameters that output the parameters into a predesigned paragraph such that several of these ...
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Manual font installation vs CTAN's metric files

I installed on my system some commercial PostScript fonts. For all of them, metrics were available on CTAN, namely in the Schmidt's collection http://www.ctan.org/pkg/w-a-schmidt. Now, most of the ...
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always upright parenthesises and brackets

I was suggested by my thesis referee that parenthesizes () and citation brackets [] (I only use square brackets generated by biblatex)should always be in upright. This is indeed the same question as ...
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Upright parentheses in italic text

This question led to a new package: embrac Bringhurst, in Elements of Typographic Style, recommends to use upright parentheses in italic text (i.e., write 'a (simple) example' as opposed to 'a ...
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Micro-Typography with Luatex

Since I wanted to use Opentype with Latex, I had to go with Luatex and consequently am now missing some features of Microtype (spacing, kerning). (I tried converting my openfonts but failed) Here is ...
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underline omitting the descenders

I'm very well aware that it is considered best practice not to use underlining other than on typewriters and in handwriting. But sometimes it is needed nonetheless. In my opinion the typographically ...
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Is there a better (more condensed) way of formatting a subscript \perp (or \bot)?

I'm writing a lot of these types of formulas: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{amsmath} \begin{document} \begin{equation} \mathrm{e}^{-\mathrm{i} \boldsymbol k_\bot \cdot \boldsymbol r_\bot} ...
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Placement of rules at the top or bottom of a page [closed]

I am writing a two-column document and I use \hrule to separate different sections. Once the \hrule reaches the top or the bottom of the page it stays there. Shouldn't for aesthetic reasons be placed ...
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diagonal text in math mode w/ vertical equality

The goal is a code where one can label elements in math mode in the following way: without having to manually position each letter of each word as a node in tikz. Preferably, other than the stacks ...
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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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Lining numbers in mathnormal

Is there a simple way to have lining numbers (instead of old style ones) using \mathnormal{} ? I want $\mathnormal{abc123}$ to look like $abc123$. My problem is that I have an operator ...
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vertical equality in

How does one get inline or at least formula space typography of the following sort in an easy to parse (for the editor) way when writing formulas, for instance: Yes, I know, the equalities ... can ...
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How to make ellipsis work with sans serif font?

Problem/question It seems that the ellipsis package does not work with sans-serif fonts. Is it a known problem or maybe not a problem at all? This question follows this one, about "how to change the ...
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Superscripts and subscripts in this equation

I have this equation: g^{\mathsmaller{\left(1\right)}} \left( \tau \right) = \frac{\langle E_{\mathsmaller{s}}^{\mathsmaller{*}}\left( 0 \right) E_{\mathsmaller{s}} \left( \tau \right) ...