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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


Jul
1
comment How to ensure that LaTeX-generated pdfs print correctly from print-on-demand services
If you have (access to) Acrobat professional, then you could try to (a) preflight your PDF with it (b) re-save your PDF. If your document passes preflight, then I guess you have at least some case against the printing service. If their ripping software can't handle valid PDF, then their service is flawed. With option (b) you probably get a PDF which is more digestible to their RIP, especially if you "downgrade" the version a bit.
Jun
27
comment Why does the switch to ClearSans font fails in LuaLateX?
Did you forget something in your question title?
Jun
25
comment How can I arrange multiple figures in rows of 3 in a two-column document?
See this question: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/37581/…
Jun
25
answered Defining a dynamic variable
Jun
25
comment What does the 'etex' package do, exactly?
Originally, TeX provided a fixed amount of 256 different "dimension registers" (which is what is allocated by \newdimen). The code of the \newdimen macro reflects this by checking that not too many registers are allocated. The current eTeX engine extends this fixed number to 32768, but the code of \newdimen needs to be adapted to the new maximum number by the etex package.
Jun
25
comment Defining a dynamic variable
Have you tried replacing \setVariable{#2} with \renewcommand{\myVariable}{#2} and \printVariable with \myVariable?
Jun
25
comment Creating left-to-right sliding presentation
TBH, it looks a lot like it was made with my old TeXPower package :-)
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
awarded  Good Answer
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?