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TeX enthusiast since almost 25 years and making a living from it since almost 10.

Member of DANTE, the german user group, I organised their user meeting in dortmund in '99.

I'm the author of the hopefully-long-forgotten TeXPower package and a commercial data based publishing system named DocScape which can do wondrous things ;-)

email: Stephan.Lehmke@QuinScape.de


Jun
25
comment Defining a dynamic variable
I think \newcommand is already what you're looking for :-) If you define a "Variable" with \newcommand{\myvariable}, set and update it with \renewcommand{\myvariable}, you can print it by just saying \myvariable.
Jun
25
comment Using character literals with \ifcase
@DavidCarlisle Only in the most general sense, as Martin's solution is very much geared towards numerals (and numexpressions). It might not be obvious to everybody how to transfer it to arbitrary characters. Btw, I read the question to refer to arbitrary (selections of) characters, not a,b,c specifically.
Jun
25
comment Using character literals with \ifcase
Another possibility: Define macros \csname mycase@a\endcsname etc. and then just call \csname mycase@#1\endcsname.
Jun
25
comment How to make a particular sentence bold, large and underlined at the same time
If you find that something which is easy with tools like Word is much harder to do with LaTeX, that's often a sign it's not a good idea in the first place.
Jun
24
comment Does italic math originate from TeX?
I think Knuth was trying to mimic a very specific style used by Addison Wesley for the first volumes of his TAOCP books (before TeX).
Jun
23
comment How secure is sharelatex?
You could both install a Linux system in parallel, for instance in a virtual machine.
Jun
17
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Jun
7
comment White marks around leaders in PDF
This might be a "smoothing" issue. Try to turn off optimization options like "smooth text" in the viewer.
Jun
6
comment The inputenc package slows down LaTeX compilation
Maybe the system is trying to auto-generate some files in the background (and failing, so it has to retry at each compilation)?
Jun
3
comment How to make “callouts” or “standout blurbs” among a larger body of text?
With LaTeX this is going to be very hard, as it is really tricky to combine TeX's mechanism for "run around text" (\parshape) with the positioning of the elements to be run around on the page. I've written a commercial package which can do this, so it's possible with TeX. For LaTeX probably the flowfram package is the nearest you can get.
Jun
2
comment FR: Staplers corner
Just for completeness I'll state that this kind of trick is easy with DocScape, so it's possible to do with \parshape. But DocScape has a totally different base model of "output processing" than LaTeX.
Jun
2
comment FR: Staplers corner
The biggest obstacle is that at the time you know what text will be at the upper left corner of the page, you're in the totally wrong place (in time) of the typesetting process defined by LaTeX: All paragraphs are already formatted and boxed. So there is nothing you can do with \parshape at that point in time.
May
31
comment Problem with Latin Modern in HTML
I don't see anything uncommon. Do I have to have the fonts installed on my system?
May
28
comment Not wanted space before marginpar
@eniem This might be possible, but I advise strongly against it. In all typography, the base line (i.e. the line on which the letters "stand"; the red line in your image) is the point of vertical alignment. So the correct alignment looks like the image by Harish.
May
28
comment Not wanted space before marginpar
Try \leavevmode before the \color command.
May
28
comment How can I break a macro / how to realize a switch or array-structure
As for splitting up, using the internal hash will be efficient for millions of entries; see this question.
May
28
comment How can I break a macro / how to realize a switch or array-structure
@musicman No problem, just define the commands with \expandafter\newcommand\csname foo@branch@abc123(bar);baz\endcsname{expansion text}
May
28
comment How can I break a macro / how to realize a switch or array-structure
Another alternative is an "associative jump array" using \csname foo@branch@#1\endcsname where the command \foo@branch@gievemea contains the code for this value. This will use the internal hash which is really efficient. You can guard this with \ifcsname and make it more robust with \detokenize.
May
28
comment Will TeXLive 2014 be 64 bit?
@ChristianHupfer I think there is a limitation on how large the memory consumption of a TeX process can get. At least we get pdftex processes exceeding 1GB and I think these run only on 64bit systems. Also IIRC there is a limitation on how large included PDF files can get.
May
25
comment How can I call a macro within \tldatelabelcventry
@Trefex I didn't notice... Whoa, the . is indeed hardcoded in \cventry, so it must be removed with a patch. See edit.