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

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How do I make my document look like it was handwritten?

I have an exam coming up next Monday. We are allowed to bring a sheet of paper with information of our choosing written on it. To my disappointment, it is required to be handwritten. Over the years, I ...
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Referencing tufte-book sections

I am using the tufte-book class without section numbers which looks very nice. Is there a visually appealing way to reference chapters and sections? Here is what I am doing at the moment, but I would ...
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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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productivity tools

I am using latex to write a mathematically dense document which has several hundred differential forms and products. There must be better ways than just typing out the whole equations line by line. ...
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When to use serif and when to use sans serif font family

This is not a technical question. However as the FAQs say this place is about people who love to create well-structured and beautifully typeset documents I take my shot. I am often confused ...
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Why does KOMA-Script mix serifs and sans-serifs?

This might be slightly off-topic, but still I'll give it a try, and other TeX-users might be interested as well. Consider this minimal example: \documentclass{scrartcl} \begin{document} ...
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Pluralized numero symbol

So, there's a few questions about the Numero symbol: №. However, I'd like to be able to pluralize it. I'm not a master of the text-positioning-adjustment tools; but here's what I've got so far: ...
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What's the proper way to typeset a differential operator?

I can't seem to find any consensus on the right way to typeset a differential operator, whether it is: in a standalone context: as part of a derivative: as part of an integral: In all of these ...
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Readability of text-heavy latex file

My question is not concerned with the output, but the readability of the input. I am looking for advice for making text-heavy latex code more readable. I know there are already topics on making code ...
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Is using \\[.5 \baselineskip] bad practice?

I've developed the habit of using \\[.5\baselineskip] to indicate that a part of a bigger argument ended in that line. I found this quite helpful to structure bigger arguments. By now, I start ...
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Which informations belong on every page [closed]

I finished my first thesis last summer and I was wondering: "What can I do better next time?". Since I'm a fan of simple styles, I thought about maybe removing content from the header (I placed the ...
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Dealing with slightly overfull \hbox's

Generally, how do you deal with lines that are slightly overhung, when microtypography is already enabled, and there's no way of hyphenating the hanging word and no desire to put it on the next line, ...
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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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Typesetting email address

I have found this answer by Will Robertson on how to typeset an email address: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{color,hyperref} \catcode`\_=11\relax \newcommand\email[1]{\_email #1\q_nil} ...
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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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Distinguish between upper index and power [closed]

I am currently writing the scriptum of our theoretical physics lecture. I always have trouble with the notation. Our professor uses lower indices like m_i for the i-th mass, upper indices like ...
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Adjust vertical alignment of square brackets of biblatex numeric style

I have the same problem with the vertical alignment of square brackets as described in this question. However, the only square brackets I have are the ones used for citations by the biblatex numeric ...
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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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Typesetting abbreviations with a slash?

In letters written in the early 20th century, for the German word “bei”, the author commonly uses the abbreviation “ᵇ/”. Currently I typeset as follows: 26.4.17 \textsuperscript{b}/La Selve The ...
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ConTeXt scaled headline with hanging/protrusion

I'm using \scale to scale up a headline to the width of the entire paragraph, like so: \def\scaleHead#1% {\scale[width=\textwidth]{#1}} \setuphead[subject] [textcommand=\scaleHead] \subject{Call me ...
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Showcase of beautiful invitations in TeX

I'm interested in using TeX and friends to produce beautifully typeset invitations (for parties, weddings, and especially thesis defences). I understand that there is a package gcard for making ...
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Last word penalty

Is there a way to specify penalty only to the last word of a paragraph? \righthyphenmin=3 sets, for instance, 3 letters as a minimum at the beginning of a line. On the other hand, ...
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Should you put citations before or after interpunction?

This probably also could go to English.SE, but I'm not sure. When I want to cite a source for a complete sentence, you put the citation before or after the period? And if you cite for a word, or ...
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Inspired beautiful box from Indesign

I found these beautiful box in Math ebooks which is created by Adobe Indesign, I tired mdframed, tcolorbox but I didn't try Tikz. So could someone create them using LaTeX please? ...
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How to typset $:\iff$ (logical equivalence)? [duplicate]

How shall I typeset ":<=>" in Latex which means "is logical equivalent"? After typing A :\iff B I get Comparing it with A \coloneqq B (cf. How to typeset $:=$ correctly? ): We see that there ...
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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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Correct typesetting of a formula with a long fraction

I have a two-column document and as you can see a long mathematical formula, consisting of a fraction, can't fit in the column width. What I don't know is what is the right way to typeset such kind ...
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Compatibility of embrac and biblatex

I'd like to use the embrac package to enforce upright parentheses and brackets in emphasized text. While the embrac manual claims the package is compatible with biblatex, all the brackets and ...
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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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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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Why is a cross † used as footnote marker for people?

This not exactly about TeX, but about typography, and the TeX SE is the closest place I think of to ask this question in. In academic texts, I’ve very often come across a cross (no pun intended; I ...
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When should spaces after full stop be escaped? [duplicate]

Athough discussion on that question is still going on (even if third ways exists), it seems that larger spaces after the end of a sentence is preferable in English. By default, LaTeX puts wider spaces ...
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align vs. equation: Which way is typograpically preferred?

The main differences between align and equation are the spaces and that align cannot be used with split, as far as I know. What would be, from a typographic point of view, the preferred practice? ...
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How do I put subscripts on referenced items with enumitem?

I have an enumerated list with the labels in parentheses. I want to reuse a label using \ref but with a prime symbol or a subscript. How do I do this? \documentclass{article} \usepackage{enumitem} ...
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What is best way to mention that a document has been typeset with TeX?

Is there any common way to mention that a document has been typeset by TeX? So non-TeXnicians (TeXperts) may become a little familiar with the TeX world. Update: It would be nice if one hero make a ...
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How can I recognize documents prepared in (La)TeX?

Inspired by a part of this question, this seemed like an interesting question to ask. Advocates of LaTeX often say that you can see the difference in typesetting quality when you look at a document ...
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Why do we use the Latex logo when referring to Latex in text? [closed]

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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Type the word “LaTeX” in special font [duplicate]

How do I type "LaTeX" in the classic special TeX font where it's all different sizes?
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Webpages that show off beauty of LaTeX output relative to `competitors?'

There is a question (Showcase of beautiful typography done in TeX & friends) with many great answers showing off the great things one can accomplish with LaTeX. There are books (like Tufte's) ...
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Need two environments in table

I want to set up a table with the column headings centered, but the data right justified, without using \multicolumn for every single cell in the heading, rather I want to use a locally global ...
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PDF background color other than white: is it acceptable for formal documents?

In LaTeX, one can change the background color of the whole document easily through the pagecolor package. I was experimenting with it and I've found that setting the background color to be slightly ...
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Double sided arrow notation for second-order tensors

How may I define \mytensor to look just like double sided arrow from \vec? I have tried \overset{\text{\tiny$\leftrightarrow$}}{#1} as described here but it isn't exactly what I want (at least with ...
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Force equal hinting when combining symbols

I am building a custom operator out of two triangles. But it seems that to the PDF viewers (evince in this case), they are still individual characters and hinted (i.e. pixel-aligned) differently, ...
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How to put a word below an arrow? [duplicate]

I would like to have an arrow with "1-1" above it and/or "onto" below it, with the arrow being normal size. I get what I want with "1-1" using \stackrel: \documentclass[12pt]{article} ...
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Drawing lines along text baselines

I'm not very familiar with the world of TeX and its flavors, and I'm having trouble evaluating whether it fits my needs before I dive into it. TeX and its ilk can draw horizontal line strokes, but can ...
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Typesetting “Na(+)/Cl(-)-dependent”

\documentclass[border=20pt]{standalone} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} \usepackage{lmodern} \begin{document} Na\textsuperscript{+}/Cl\textsuperscript{-}-dependent \end{document} I don't really like ...
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Can someone help me modify the LaTeX logo so I can cut it out from a board of wood?

Some modifications are shown here: https://www.tug.org/TUGboat/tb29-1/tb91murzynowski-logo.pdf I have a flat 3/4" board. I'd like a heavy bold logo with all letters connected that is displayed in ...
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Text Books on Typography [closed]

In order to understand all the design decisions in classes and packages distributed with TeX/LaTeX, and for my such choices of my own I've looked around for a basic but useful "Beginners Guide to ...
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Should “et al.” have a thin or full, non-breaking vs. breaking space?

Some things about typesetting "et al." seem obvious: make sure the period is followed by \ unless it's also the end of the sentence, use ~ before if you don't want it to end up alone in a new line. ...
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Italic \infty, italic \mathbb{R} etc

I write theorems in italic but dislike the fact that certain characters such as $\mathbb{R}$, $\infty$ etc are in upright font. The mix is not as pretty as all italics would be. Is there a way of ...