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I am a PhD student in the School of Clinical Sciences at Nottingham University, researching the impact of diet in early life on brown adipose tissue growth and development. This (hopefully) represents the start of a late career change from accountancy. I came across TeX and LaTeX while participating in a maths forum at the Open University, and subsequently attended an introductory course given by Joseph Wright in London at the end of August 2011. My plan is to write my PhD thesis in LaTeX, though this seems to be a rarity in the biomedical sciences – so I will need to convince my supervisors of the benefits.


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accepted Is there an easy way of ascertaining what packages are loaded by classes and other packages?
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asked Is there an easy way of ascertaining what packages are loaded by classes and other packages?
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comment How do I encode foreign characters so that they are searchable in the resultant PDF file?
@MartinScharrer, these questions are helpful, but do not 100% solve my problem. I still cannot get a resultant PDF file to search for Grønning with Gronning – something that EndNote for example will do. Is this better asked as a separate question?
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comment How do I encode foreign characters so that they are searchable in the resultant PDF file?
`\swearword'. This is the second time I've hit 'Enter' by mistake and then been timed out when I've tried to edit the comment! Anyway @knut, by way of an example, I can find 'Fjære' by searching with 'Fjære' or 'Fjaere' and I can find 'Grønning' by searching with 'Grønning'. However, I can't find 'Grønning' by searching with 'Gronning'. Maybe the last is just a step too far...?
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comment How do I encode foreign characters so that they are searchable in the resultant PDF file?
Thanks @knut, that goes pretty close. I'm annoyed I didn't think of it myself. The PDF will now find the ø and æ characters, and will even find æ with 'ae'. However, it will not find ø with 'o'. As an example, here is a small document with real authors' names:
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comment How do I encode foreign characters so that they are searchable in the resultant PDF file?
Absolutely correct @TimA, that's a much more concise summary of my problem!
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asked How do I encode foreign characters so that they are searchable in the resultant PDF file?
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comment How do I increase the spacing between header text and the 'headrule' line with fancyhdr?
Hi @someonr, I'm not entirely sure what you mean here (and most of the Google references to scrheadings seem to be in German, of which I am almost completely ignorant! Are you referring to the scrpage2 package?
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accepted How do I increase the spacing between header text and the 'headrule' line with fancyhdr?
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comment How do I increase the spacing between header text and the 'headrule' line with fancyhdr?
Many thanks @egreg for your expanded explanation.
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comment How do I increase the spacing between header text and the 'headrule' line with fancyhdr?
OK @egreg, that works fine – for which many thanks! However, if you could give me a little information about 'struts' and 'invisible' commands, that would be much appreciated. I've tried the fancyhdr documentation to no avail. And what exactly is the \rule[-2ex]{0pt}{2ex} actually doing (ie what are the various component parts for)? Thanks also for the tip on modern notation – as is entirely evident, I have a lot to learn!
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asked How do I increase the spacing between header text and the 'headrule' line with fancyhdr?
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comment Where should I put a latexmkrc file (using TeXLive 2011 and Windows 7) so that it is available to all my document files?
Thanks @JohnCollins, I've managed to successfully change the file name with Notepad – and it now works from my USERPROFILE folder (I've deleted the C:\latexmk folder). I normally use Wordpad as my general text editor (as it tends to format some files better than Notepad), but oddly it doesn't have the 'All files' *.* save option and you have to save files with one of several given extensions. Anyway, the problem is now solved – so many thanks again for your help.
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comment Problem using \noopsort to sort on 'year' using natbib
@egreg, many thanks for your comprehensive explanations – I will need to spend a little time going through them and trying to understand them. @lockstep, you're very persuasive. As I have a full 2 years and 9 months before my thesis submission date, I have plenty of time to get my head around `biblatex'!
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comment Where should I put a latexmkrc file (using TeXLive 2011 and Windows 7) so that it is available to all my document files?
Many thanks for that @JohnCollins. You are quite correct in inferring that I had used the incorrect filename in my USERPROFILE directory. However, Windows 7 won't easily allow me to change the filename to .latexmkrc. I get the error message 'You must type a filename'! The problem, I think, is that Windows treats everything after the final '.' as a file extension, and therefore thinks that the name part of the filename is missing. I can open latexmkrc and save it as .latexmkrc.txt, but as soon as I try to remove the final .txt, I get the same error message.