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

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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 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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How to define the badness of a river?

I've written an algorithm to try and detect rivers in paragraphs and it actually detects quite a lot when I run it. Some of them are clearly false positives, but there are others that are indeed ...
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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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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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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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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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Dashes: - vs. – vs. —

This may or may not be a real TeX/LaTeX question but rather a general question on punctuation: How are the different dashes - "-", -- "–" and --- "—" supposed to be used?
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What are the finishing touches you put to a document?

I'm curious about the finishing touches that people put to LaTeX documents. Are there any canonical or special things that people do in finalizing a document? What I do: Careful proofreading of ...
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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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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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Torn page effect

[See Torn paper: matching up the torn edges for more on this topic, as well as better illustrations of the final product.] I have a document with a lot of short excerpts from another book scattered ...
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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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Modern book design, margins and typed area

The golden fleece of book design has been the typesetting of the typed area in relation to the paper and the spread. Famous typographers such as Jan_Tschichold and Rosarivo devised canon's of page ...
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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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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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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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How to add some visual style and pizzazz to course notes?

LaTeX is wonderful for writing mathematical papers, but while the output is perfectly typeset it is not visually very exciting. And although it may just be "familiarity breeds contempt", I am ...
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What best combination of fonts for Serif, Sans, and Mono do you recommend?

Now that Xe(La)TeX is being increasingly used to deliver nifty documents, I am wondering if any recommendations have been published or discussed about the best combination of font families for mixing ...
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Torn paper: matching up the torn edges

I recently asked a question on creating a torn paper effect. JLdiaz provided an absolutely beautiful answer, which I have used (with a very minor modification) to indicate the way in which a document ...
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What does 'double spacing' mean?

I think I know the meanings of \baselineskip, \lineskip and \lineskiplimit in TeX, I also know \baselineskip, \baselinestretch, \linespread and the second argument of \fontsize in LaTeX. However, I ...
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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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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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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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Grid System in LaTeX

I'd like to typeset documents using the 'Grid system' of page layout. Good examples are on pages 40-53 of this document. The textpos package is helpful for this, but two additional features would be ...
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Why do all symbols in $x \in X$ have their own baseline?

When looking closely at some set arithmetic, I realized that all of the three symbols in the following minimum example are rendered here (pdfLaTeX on Portable MiKTeX, Windows 7 x64) at different ...
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When to use bold, italics, small caps, typewriter etc.?

I'm a little confused on the purposes of each kind of text in LaTeX. I know the function of some of them, but sometimes people use each for different reasons. For example: \texttt is for code (no ...
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Text spirals with TikZ

I just ran across this, and I'm curious about whether it can be replicated in TeX... Ideally one would have the spiral getting tighter and tighter as one got to the centre, as in I know TikZ has ...
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No indent in the first paragraph in a section?

I am just curious that the following format looks good to you or not? The preamble I used is just \documentclass[12pt,a4paper]{article} \usepackage{amsmath} \usepackage{amsthm} \usepackage{amssymb} ...
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The effect of the anonymous letter

I'm trying to create an effect as if the text is made up of letters cut from magazines and newspapers and even the same words had different style. It is necessary that each letter in the word had a ...
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Meaning of \quad

Many LaTeX command names have some 'justification'. For example the commands \cup and \cap have a straightforward meaning. However, I couldn't find a meaning for the commands \quad and \qquad. Is it ...
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Are there any good general typesetting books / references?

I would like to learn more about typesetting, the accepted best practices, rules and tricks used in books, letters, resumes etc. For example, what are the usual left and right margins? Line spacing? ...
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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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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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How to properly typeset all forms of punctuation used in English-language documents?

English documents tend to use these types of punctuation: periods apostrophes brackets of various kinds colons and semicolons commas dashes and hyphens ellipsis exclamation and question marks ...
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Catchwords: Print first word from next page at bottom of current page

I would like to typeset catchwords. That is, I would like to put a “preview” of the next page’s first word at the bottom of every page. An example taken from the Wikipedia page linked above: The ...
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Can one (more or less) automatically suppress ligatures for certain words?

One of the major attractions -- for me at least -- of typesetting my papers in (La)TeX is its automated and fully transparent use of typographic ligatures. However, as Knuth pointed out in the ...
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Improved kerning in fractions?

Question How can I apply selective kerning within the numerator and denominator of an inline fraction? Specifically, I'd like to: Tighten kerning after the numerator if it ends in 7 Loosen kerning ...
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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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one-letter word at the end of line

This question led to a new feature in a package: impnattypo I come from Poland and I'm writing some text in my native language. One of our typography standards is that we do not leave ...
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Beyond Bringhurst: mathematical typesetting

I've been reading The Elements of Typographic Style and I was wondering whether there was a similar resource for specifically mathematical typesetting. Is there a book or other document that sets ...
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Double space between sentences.

I've been reading a question on spaces between sentences on a sister site. The answers there seem to imply that the days of double spacing between sentences are over, and that this was a relic of the ...
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What exactly is leading?

Wikipedia: In typography, leading ( /ˈlɛdɪŋ/) refers to the distance between the baselines of successive lines of type. By this definition, isn't it the same thing as line height? But in ...
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How can I reproduce the bill of rights in LaTeX?

Though some might disagree, I think the Bill of Rights is a beautiful piece of typography. I would like to reproduce this using TeX and friends, but have no idea where to start. How, for example, ...
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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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References for learning how to check for typesetting problems

The following thread discusses a number of tasks one must accomplish to finish up a document: What are the finishing touches you put to a document? Did the original author of TeX make such small ...
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Does combining microtype with ragged right make any sense?

My impression when using microtype in a document that used \RaggedRight (everything said is probably true for \raggedright as well but who cares really ...) always was that all lines just get ...
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Convincing someone LaTeX follows typesetting best practice

Often, when presenting a LaTeX document to someone, they will complain about how the margins are thick and how lines should be at a line's height apart. I often find myself struggling to convince them ...
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Should subscripts in math mode be upright?

In one-letter subscripts, like $x_i$, the subscript is usually typeset italic. Is this the typographically right thing to do? Consider this case: The Boltzmann constant is often written as $k_B$, ...
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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 ...