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I have been using LaTeX since 1987 or thereabouts and have been on the LaTeX3 team since before we released LaTeX2e. I'm currently somewhat inactive in the LaTeX project but show up in related fields, I'm an editor of the MathML spec for example.

I am employed by NAG ltd, but any opinions expressed here are personal.


7h
comment Latex text quality + font in a drawing tool
I know nothing about coraldraw but it is a vector program so it presumably shouldn't need bitmap fonts but impossible to say why you are seeing that (and it's likely off topic for this site) similarly to transfer a latex generated pdf you are likely to be better to import the pdf into coraldraw directly as a scalable image rather than use a screendump bitmap of the latex rendering/
9h
comment SplitArgument on colon doesn't work under expl3 syntax
well it works but it is splitting on a letter colon which you don't have in the main part of the document, you want a non-letter (catcode 12) colon
9h
comment Undefined Control Sequence : \caption@ifamsclass {%
you can see which file it is line 202 of by looking in the log file at matching (zzzz/zzz.tex....) each time a file is opened there is a ( with the file name and when it is closed there is a ) so work back from the error to the nearest open (
10h
comment Template with each page divided in three parts
do you need text to flow from the top right of one page to the top right of the next, or can the top half be two minipages with text broken (by hand). I'm assuming the bottom half is the main flow with text automatically flowing from bottom of one page to bottom half of next.
10h
comment Lyx 2.1, Book(standard class), need to implement openany
won't your readers find it odd to have book chapters opening on a left hand page?
10h
comment ! Undefined control sequence. - no idea where the error is
Your error message appears incomplete, is that really all that is in the log? (It does not have the right format: it should have a context line showing the undefined command). The posted code runs without error, check it does at your site: copy the text into a new file and process with latex. If your original document makes an error it is elsewhere.
10h
comment Meaning of “\advance\leftskip \@tempdima \null\nobreak\hskip -\leftskip”
@barbarabeeton I have no idea where the code in the question came from (is not the definition of \@dottedtocline in the latex format) the standard definition is documented in source2e.pdf but not with line by line comments.
14h
comment What's the difference between \newtheorem{remark}*{Remark} and \newtheorem{remark}{Remark}?
There are several implementations of \newtheorem you need to give a complete example, showing which packages you are using. ntheorem ? amsthm ? ....
14h
comment Overfull \hbox (15.0pt too wide)
@Sirl33tname yes but you didn't need to guess, you just needed to test your example before posting it and would have seen that it did not generate the error in the title.
16h
comment Overfull \hbox (15.0pt too wide)
@Sirl33tname Your example isn't an example of the problem described in the question: It does not generate the underfull box warning in the title. It generates an unrelated overfull box warning (addressed by daleif's answer) . Please either edit the example to match the question or edit the question to match the example.
16h
comment Overfull \hbox (15.0pt too wide)
@daleif no tx isn't longtable, further latex runs make no difference.
16h
comment Non-English letter input/output problem
you can't use inputenc with xelatex (and it is not needed as xelatex uses utf-8 in anycase)
16h
comment Figures for the new Evolve user guide
@FaheemMitha I have no idea, but unless the main maintainers of the document are already familiar with tikz (and using tex for the rest of the document) it seems a hard sell to say that tikz is going to do a better job, and be more maintainable in the long term, than inkscape (which is what is used currently) The last thing you need in a document like that is diagrams using fancy tex macros, as 5 years down the line as the software has changed who will update the figures?
16h
comment Figures for the new Evolve user guide
@FaheemMitha Tikz is far from optimised for producing clean svg for incorporating in a web page. I know there is a tikz to svg conversion possibility but....
17h
comment Figures for the new Evolve user guide
Oh as @PaulGessler says, the figures are SVG already, in that case I'm not sure there is anything to be done.
18h
comment Figures for the new Evolve user guide
since it's html, if you were redoing the figures I'd do them in svg (which I suppose you could generate from tikz) so they were scalable text not bitmaps.
19h
comment Make macros with random (but specific) output
varioref does something similar (but just alternates between two styles)
19h
comment What's the difference between quote and verse, and when should this be used in scientific writing?
Never as in the example, use verse when writing poetry and quote when quoting something, for a general display you can use quote or better define a specific environment (basing the definition on that of quote)
19h
comment Non-English letter input/output problem
Are you sure the file is in utf8 (the error you show suggests that it is declared as utf8 but is actually in another encoding (as the letters are not being recognised as valid utf8)
20h
comment Non-English letter input/output problem
are you sure that your file is saved in utf-8 encoding (not for example latin1)