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

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Is LaTeX THE best typygraphic software? [on hold]

For this question, ignore everything related to mathematics typesetting, programmabilty and the like. Let's just talk about pure document design. And answer this: Is LaTeX still THE best software for ...
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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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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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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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Correct typesetting of aligned (or multiline etc) equations after a pagebreak

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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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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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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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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Which equations should be numbered? [closed]

Is the best practice to number all equations, or just those that will be referred to?
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subscripts with capital Letter adjusting [or etiquette]

Sometimes some .tex features or standards seem strange at first glance. One actual case for me are subscripts with capital letters (obligatory because the letters on subscripts came from acknowledged ...
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Overline over a symbol with an index

For example, if I want to write a closure of a set, which is denoted A_1, should I use $\overline{A_1}$ or $\overline A_1$ (or something completely different)? For me, the more logical choice seems ...
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Different shape of parentheses

While correcting a thesis of a colleague I found this: As you can see, the parentheses around the first and the second item differ, however, they're implemented in the exact same manner (see code ...
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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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What is this typography in this variable?

I am wondering how to get "gamma2" to have the same font as in Doing gamma2 = \Gamma (\alpha + 2) gives the wanted equation, but "gamma2" does not have the font of the example. How can I get ...
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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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Should superscripts be carried out of a fraction?

I can't help stumbling upon the usual way LaTeX renders fractions with superscripts: I think that the asterisk has a lower "weight" then the symbol and should not be treated as equal. I find ...
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Sans-serif to go with EB Garamond (no math)?

Suggestions for a good sans-serif font to go with (compliment) EB Garamond? Math and non-Western European support are not required. Text is fiction, not academic or scientific. English with an ...
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Descender collides with horizontal line

I don't know if this is an issue with this particular font, but I'd like to know how to correct colliding descenders (and sometimes ascenders) in tables. Thank you, A ...
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How can I typeset a quote directly above a period?

Is there a way to typeset a right double quote directly above a period (if the quotation ends with a period)? Not to the left (for example, ."), not to the right (for example, ".), but directly above. ...
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Why is there no new line after paragraph sectioning commands?

I'd love to know why traditional document classes are not including a new line after the \paragraph sectioning command. Maybe there is some typographic history behind it or something (maybe not and ...
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How do I vertical align text?

This is question is related to an extension of an earlier question: How do I display pi in LaTeX like Don? I want to display using LaTeX, the HTML+CSS equivalent of .pi sup { vertical-align: ...
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Why does a TeX point differ from a Desktop Publishing point?

From this answer to Why does PDFLaTeX and XeLaTeX generates 11.955 font size for 12pt documentclass option?, I found out that PDF and TeX have different ideas about the size of the point (pt). A TeX ...
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How do I display pi in LaTeX like Don?

Way back in 1979, Donald Knuth, tried to give the feeling that π is irrational using the idea of infinite sequence of smaller and smaller font sizes like what I have tried to do here using HTML and ...
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Typography rules : how to apply them on such tabulars

I am trying to apply the typography rules I read here and there on the stackexchange network (vertical rules by no means, horizontal rules are often over-used, etc), and managed to do pretty well ...
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how to typeset empty inner product

I want to typeset the following in TeX (without the arguments). < , > I know that I can accomplish this by doing \langle , \rangle As an example I want to write something like the follwing: ...
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Right way to typeset a mathematical document

I am writing a lot of documents mostly with mathematics in them. I personally leave 1cm space between sections/subsections etc and the text below them and a 0.7cm space between text and math ...
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Style of figures compared to the overall layout

Two questions regarding your subjective perception: Should figures be typeset in the same or a different style than the document? and How "bad" is using a different font-size within figures? ...
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Contest: Show Off Your Skillz in TeX & Friends [TeX.sx birthday]

Submission Deadline and Voting are over, thank you for participating! Results Academic Gonzalo Medina – 31 Andy – 19 cmhughes – 11 mbork – 6 Other Yiannis Lazarides – 38 szantaii – 20 Ant – ...
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{(x+y)}^2 or (x+y)^2?

This expression is just an example, of course. My question is: should one always specify the quantity being exponentiated by surrounding it with braces, or is it acceptable to drop those braces? ...
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1st, 2nd and i-th?

Assume I wish to refer to the i-th object, or the n-th function out of some set, where i and n are letters and not numbers (as in "Multiply the $j$th row with the $i$th column and store the result in ...
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Claim Check Set From A List of Clients

I don't know that this fits here, but here's my question: I'd like to make a set of claim checks from a list of clients so that they can all be printed together within the same PDF. I'm looking for ...
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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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Unable to typeset vectors using physics package

I'm trying to typeset the equation for the dot product like this (using the physics package). $$ \va{A} \dot \va{B} = abs{A}abs{B}\cos{\theta}$$ However, LaTeX keeps throwing this: ./AP Physics ...
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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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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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Defining consistent rules for the use of small caps

This question is related to the questions Small digits for small caps? and Using small caps for abbreviations When reading a text where initialisms are frequently used, the initialisms tend to ...
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Is there any way to make formulae look like handwriting?

A while back, I saw a question on both Mathematica and MATLAB boards that showed how to 'XKCD' (handwritingnize) graphs. Now I have the same question regarding LaTeX formulae generally - is it ...
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Is there a good reason for lstlistings code to look so ugly by default?

I thought, the purpose of LaTeX was to make it easy to create beautiful documents. Yet every time I see one of those lstlistings I can't help but wince at the mutilated kerning. Take for example this ...
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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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Can I automatically adjust the vertical alignment of square brackets in text?

Many roman and sans serif fonts, and the default LaTeX fonts in particular, seem to have a thing with square brackets: they descend a long distance below the baseline, probably in order to "catch" ...
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Does SIunits package correctly manage the typography according to the language of document?

when I use SIunits with \documentclass[a4paper,12pt,oneside,french]{book} and \usepackage[frenchb,french,francais]{babel} as preamble, could I be sure the commands like \kilo\meter will be print as ...