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As a start you can look around in The LaTeX Font Catalogue for similar fonts, and maybe use the pgfornament package for drawing ornaments. (Note that you'll have to manually download the pgfornament package from the indicated link and copy to your “project folder.”) Also I've made a small solution, so you may start along this way. ...

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The almighty Knuth once said in the good book: [...] it's important to notice another thing about TeX's name: The E is out of kilter. This displaced E is a reminder that TeX is about typesetting, and it distinguishes TeX from other system names. In fact, TEX (pronounced tecks) is the admirable Text EXecutive processor developed by Honeywell Information ...

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Like with TeX, LaTeX has both a logo (that was designed to be usable in running text, ie noticeable but not using special glyphs only special positioning) as well as a textual representation that has no lowered or raised characters. For LaTeX this is "LaTeX". Thus when referring to the LaTeX software one should either use the logo or use the textual ...

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I am not too sure if getting advice from TeX hackers on typography is good advice but certainly is solid advice on anything related to LaTeX. My own preference is to mix both floating and non-floating figures and I like non-floating figures. Here are some samples: Here is the same "style" for an arts page Here is one "Life Magazine style" These and ...

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The answers depend a lot on what kind of document you are producing. LaTeX's float placement algorithm is a lot better and has a lot more parameters than many users believe. See Frank's description One of the most common problems of course is that when things don't go quite as people expect they use [h] which makes it much more likely that the figure can ...

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I am not a big fan of the TeX logo (LaTeX and friends actually took the cue from the original TeX logo see this question; How to write (La)TeX (with parentheses) [or any other TeX-related logo]). However, I don't see the that Bringhurst's criticism applies to TeX on this matter. First of all, this is hardly ever a typographical decision. It's not like word ...

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As mentioned in the comments, microtype is your friend here, and produces nicer output for the rest of the document as well. Because all of these options depend on your reference list/reference style/margin settings/font choices (which we do not have), I've listed a few options and compared them using a sample text (\lipsum) and sample reference list ...

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I have been thinking about this question for weeks now, and finally I think I came really close to a result you may also like. I have even tried to use Processing to solve this problem, which resulted in a nice animation as a byproduct, but it didn't lead me closer to the solution. But back to the point… Unfortunately the solution I'm ...

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A new alternative is Patoline, which is still in an early development stage but the goal is to be a modern digital typesetting system. As for the LaTeX compatibility one can describe the Patoline compiler as Obviously, a related (but much smaller) project is the Patoline compiler, which compiles a mixed Wiki/LaTeX/Ocaml syntax into a variety of output ...

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If you've taken on the task of reading manuals of certain products or software, you will see that is common to highlight in the text logo of the manufacturer or brand of the software, so that in a way is a common practice in the small fiefdom of the manuals. Beyond that it's not something you see everywhere. Nor all who use LaTeX we emphasized it at every ...

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I can't help with the first part of your question as I think that's more appropriate for a design site, but I can answer the second part, how to automatically implement your chosen design in glossaries. The plural suffix used by acronyms is given by \acrpluralsuffix. The smallcaps acronym styles (such as long-sc-short) redefine this as: ...

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My preference has always been to use \LaTeX simply because I think it does set the software apart (like a logo) and call attention to it. More than two or three times in a document would be tedious. Perhaps Bringhurst has a point, but I simply like setting it apart because I love and admire LaTeX and its abilities and hope it will grab the attention of the ...

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The simplest way is to use gather and alignat, removing the vertical space. The minipage is for avoiding page breaks; gather instead of equation ensures that \abovedisplayskip is used anyway (and never \abovedisplayshortskip). \documentclass{article} \usepackage{mathtools} \begin{document} \begin{subequations} \noindent\begin{minipage}{\textwidth} ...

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Here is a solution that switches to \scriptscriptstyle instead of \scriptstyle for digits only, thanks to a code I borrowed and adapted from @egreg. Incdentally, I think that rather than using \bar, I would use \widebarfrom the mathx font (mathabx package, it doesn't exist in the basic fonts), and \widehat from the same font (the one from the basic font is ...

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In my (naturally not so humble and unapologetically subjective...) opinion, the improvements brought about by \mathsmaller in the subscript and superscript position of the expression k_0^2 do not go quite far enough. Specifically, I think both the subscript 0 and the superscript 2 "squat" too low. Consider adding the instruction \mathstrut to the numerator: ...

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Scientific Word can be another alternative software for scientists: http://www.mackichan.com/index.html?products/sw.html~mainFrame

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Someone is working on implementing TeX formatting algorithm using Pango/Cairo here: Pango-Cairo Typesetting I kind of like where this project is headed - it could prove to be much more flexible in terms of what can be done and how easily it can be done by using newer technologies like Pango/Cairo for typesetting, but not building upon inherently limited ...

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