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

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Document Layout Styles

I am inviting partial solutions for defining styles for document layouts. The solutions should be capable of defining the font size, leading (interline distance), and type for the running text as well ...
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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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Typesetting displayed equivalences and definitions of unequal length

What is the proper way to typeset in LaTeX, in display-mode, a series of equivalences and definitions of unequal lengths of sets ? Consider for this the following code that I used for a series of ...
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Package for typing honorific title

There is a set of command (or a package providing it) to type words like Dr, Mr, Pr, PhD? I search something better than doing D\up{r} (the abbreviation for Doctor, in French), for example. ...
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How to start with recreating typographical complex stuff?

I happen to own an early version of "Also Sprach Zarathustra" by Friedrich Nietzsche, and I always found the title-page (just after the the preface) quite nice, and I always wanted to recreate it with ...
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Embrac not working within environments

I used the package embrac that the following question Upright parentheses in italic text let to. However, If I define a simple environment, it will not work. See the example below. How can I fix ...
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Why is Latex giving this odd output?

This is my code. \documentclass{article} \begin{document} The substance used in this experiment is 1,1-diphenyl-2-picryl-hydrazyl (DPPH). This organic compound is a relatively stable free ...
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Vertical spacing between paragraphs as oppose to lists

I think this looks funny: The problem is that there's significantly less space between the first two paragraphs than there is between the first line of the second paragraph and the list that ...
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Guidelines for typesetting fractions

I realize that this question is to some extent subjective. However, I suspect that there are some common standards regarding how fractions ought to be typeset in mathematics. The guide Mathematical ...
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Redefining an environment and summary box using grid and gridleno

This question is inspired by Gonzalo's great answer here concerning his creation of gridleno.sty to enhance the functionality of grid.sty. Ultimately I have two seemingly simple questions (please ...
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Separate content from formatting - i.e., “just type”

What exactly does "separate content from formatting (style)" mean? And if it's "necessary", how do I do it practically? After reading many LaTeX documents and TeX Stack Exchange, I keep seeing ...
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Tips how to display multiple equations beautifully

I'm starting to write in Latex in a more professional way and I'm facing with the following problem: I want to display this long equation in the more easy reading way: So I think the best ...
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how to type £ symbols beamer Singapore theme

does anyone know how to type currency symbols? I am interested in the most used: $, €, £. Also, how can I change the typography of my write up to looks nicer in Singapore theme?
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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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Text spirals that flow from a paragraph

There have been a number of questions on how to create text spirals already. I've been trying to take things a step further, by having the spiral start where the paragraph naturally ends. Say we ...
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How to typeset a primed vector

I write a vector with an arrow above the letter using \vec{p} and sometimes the vector needs to be primed using ' (or ^{\prime}, equivalently). However, neither \vec{p}' nor \vec{p'} looks ...
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hanging punctuation with microtype and luaLaTeX

I want to get this style of hanging punctuation: Quotation marks «...» „...“, brackets (...) [...] {...} and bullets are put beyond the left margin. Quotation marks, brackets, periods, ...
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Problem with em-dash symbol using extsizes package

I use package extsizes for 14 pt text size in my document. But there are a problem with em-dash symbol in PDF: in some scales (e.g. 74%, 100%, 204%. but not 125% and 150%) dash symbol is invisible: ...
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what font to use in quotes and warning advices [closed]

I wonder what font I should use to my quotes environment, or how to differentiate it really from the mass of the text. I will use this environment in advices, warning (things to do or not, what to ...
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Proper semantics for italicized foreign words and phrases

In English, foreign words and phrases such as per se and ibid. should be italicized, as shown here. There might be a number of ways to accomplish this in LaTeX: with \emph{per se} with \textit{per ...
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\mathds{0} and \mathbbm{0} not working

It seems \mathds and \mathbbm are only defined for number one to nine, are there some fonts in math mode that works for zero?
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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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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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Conditional branch with \ifinner and Spacing in higher derivative (2 independent questions) [duplicate]

I made some macros shown below, which outputs ordinary/partial derivative. I was checking whether they work as I expected, and found that \dif{y}{x} expands to \tfrac{\difd y}{\difd x} in align ...
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Typesetting lots of short footnotes

For a given book, I want to typeset lots of short footnotes on a page. The result is not looking very great. Here is the basic rendering, using scrbook with standard footnotes: Using ...
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Text upside-down, characters rotated along baseline?

I'd like to achieve something like in the picture below: Another example: Note that the text is not simply rotated! I know it could be achieved by boxing each character separately, measuring the ...
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How to typeset inverted characters in ExLaTex on Mac OSX

How do you represent a text that contains printers' pie: specifically letters the are upside down? I am using ExLaTex and attempting to reproduce 19th century newspaper articles faithfully: including ...
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Was the Knuth-Plass line breaking output ever subjected to a blind experiment?

Have any blind trials been organized to test to which extent "the average reader" prefers paragraphs typeset by the Knuth-Plass algorithm (or more advanced variants) over those typeset using the ...
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Correct way to typeset a section producing an underful box

I am writing a two-column document and I have a problem with a section which produces an underfull box. What is the correct way (or some better ways) to typeset such a section so to have a beautiful ...
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how can I change the typography of my write up to looks nicer in Singapore theme?

I am using Singapore theme but I would like to change the defaul fault. How could I change fonts/typography to make the presentation/frame look nicer/more professional?
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typographically is ragged-right better than fully-justified text?

It seems that some people naturally prefer ragged right documents and some, like me, prefer fully-justified text blocks (using microtype for even better results). I understand that part of the issue ...
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Is a period after an abbreviation the same as an end of sentence period?

Does latex do anything special with periods? If so, is there a way to differentiate end-of-sentence periods from periods indicating abbreviation?
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angled fraction like superscript [duplicate]

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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Which algorithms does (La)TeX use? [closed]

People often talk about the many "typesetting wonders" (La)TeX can do because of the countless algorithms it uses. But exactly what are these typesetting algorithms? Concrete examples I have gathered ...
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Typesetting for two variables muliplication

c, C, a, A are mathematical variables. $cC$ but the spacing is too close. The small c and big C almost stick together. How to solve this situation? For example: $aA$ the spacing is ok.
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Proxima Nova as default font?

I am writing a resume in Latex, and am still a beginner and want to use Proxima Nova as the default font. How do I use it?
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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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‘Correct’ way of writing a function?

So for all these years, I have been writing a function f(x) as $\mathop{f}(x)$. But now that I begin to think about a correct way of writing a function, what should it be? Is it f(x) or ...
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Where do I place floats in the source?

I realize that this is an embarrassing simple question. Shall I put the floats, e.g. \begin{figure} . . \end{figure} in the source immediately after first reference? or wait until the end of the ...
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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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Nice looking empty set?

I feel like the standard $\emptyset$ is ugly. By hand, my empty set symbol is a lot rounder, then this "slashed-zero"-type symbol. Two questions: Do people really use it (I mean people who have any ...
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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 ...
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Help on typesetting an equation with fraction in numerator and denominator

I have the following equation: \documentclass{report} \begin{document} \begin{equation} T_e=\frac{T_{disch}\cdot e^{\frac{T_{ahe}-T_{disch}}{LMTD}}-T_{ahe}}{e^{\frac{T_{ahe}-T_{disch}}{LMTD}}-1} ...
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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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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....