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Oct
27
comment Why are the latex, pdflatex and pdftex binaries identical?
Customizability is the first to come to mind. If the switches for latex, pdflatex etc are the only option sets that are ever relevant/usable, then you may be right. But if anyone ever wants to combine options it would be a lot easier if we could see what options the defaults like latex actually use. The commands are basically black boxes for the vast majority of the community. If there are any advantages to non-standard option configurations, we're unfortunately missing out on them because we can't even see what the options are.
Oct
27
comment Why are the latex, pdflatex and pdftex binaries identical?
It seems like a hack because if pdflatex and latex were ever to diverge in a meaningful way, maintaining the single pdftex binary would become unnecessarily complex. It would seem more natural to package latex and pdflatex as scripts wrapping the core pdftex binary. That seems to be how other programs handle similar situations and it makes sense. It has the added bonus of transparency/customizability for the user. Only if there is an ironclad guarantee that they will never diverge in any substantive way would it make sense to me for them to be tied to the same binary.
Oct
21
comment LaTeX Editors/IDEs
In 2011, when the last semi-major Kile release came out, it was quite competitive with other options on Linux. In 2014, after receiving only limited updates (last release in 2012), other editors are better. Kile is usable and stable but other editors have more features and options.
Oct
21
comment LaTeX Editors/IDEs
As of 2014, TeXStudio has received much more recent attention and releases than any other editor that I know of. Switched from Kile to TexMaker and from TexMaker to TeXStudio. Bibtex integration is particularly improved over other editors including hover to see details and smart auto-complete. The reigning king in my book.
Oct
19
comment How to install “vanilla” TeXLive on Debian or Ubuntu?
For the record, this is one of the best answers on the entire SE network.
Jan
2
comment How to modify bst to abbreviate to et. al. after n authors
@moewe, that was the first thing i tried. :(
Nov
18
comment XeTeX \left and \right problem
Thanks for copying \langle and \rangle as text! This was the most accessible link for copying them into a text editor. :)
Feb
13
comment Copy sectioning and non-text environments to new file (for presentation)
Looks like the answer is no. Thanks for your script, I'll probably end up reworking it to do what I need.
Jan
26
comment Making a long table continue over two columns
+1 for the comment on supertabular not working with multicols. it's too bad but it helps to know in advance before wasting hours trying to tweak the settings...
Jan
25
comment As an expert, can you always use TeX for (nearly) any kind of document?
@MartinSchröder, I'm intrigued but I can't access either of those links (not a TUG member and 404, respectively)
Jan
24
comment Stop memoir from making mathmode section names uppercase in header
@StefanKottwitz, sorry for the lack of clarity. The title and tags pointed to header but I was sloppy on the question.
Jan
24
comment Stop memoir from making mathmode section names uppercase in header
How would I combine the \uppercasenonmath with memoir? It could be that lower case headers are better in general but I'd like to know how to tell just the math to be left alone.
Jan
24
comment Stop memoir from making mathmode section names uppercase in header
Just discovered an almost identical question with a different solution: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/40421/…
Jan
24
comment Stop memoir from making mathmode section names uppercase in header
Ok, I guess that will work. But is there a way to tell memoir to wrap all mathmode lines in headers with \lowercase?
Jan
24
comment Stop memoir from making mathmode section names uppercase in header
Is that a sufficient level of detail?