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Jun
18
comment Speed up compilation of a document with a table created with siunitx
Just nitpicking, but instead of {1\,si{\percent}} it should be \SI{1}{\percent} - the second command exists specifically to typeset numbers with units "properly". - Edit and to me it look identical to 1\,\% without the siunitx package... (Maybe not the case if you use a different typeset)
Jan
10
comment Why is LaTeX so complicated?
@ChrisWhite The ideas behind TeX and C are very different. C was designed as a versatile programming language - TeX was designed as a typesetting environment. The former is by default designed for adaptation and expansion.
Jan
10
comment Why is LaTeX so complicated?
Are you really just using LaTeX or aren't you rather developing for LaTeX? I use LaTeX for everything - I don't need to write macros and don't see any issues (other than the odd tedious hidden setup/manual reading). Aren't you really asking "why is LaTeX so hard to develop for/with"?
Aug
29
comment What is the difference between LyX and LaTeX?
@JimOldfield The last question is easy to answer: Your audience will not have LaTeX experience. The final document is for a general (or topic specialist) audience. If you were to collaborate on a document, you'd share the LaTeX input file. Or to use a photo example: The final recipient gets a compressed JPEG, but if you collaborate or would like to see someone edit your photo, you share the RAW/DNG/TIFF file instead.
Aug
25
comment What is the difference between LyX and LaTeX?
LaTeX and Maths: It takes some thinking and getting used to, but writing maths in LaTeX is fairly easy when one knows what to write... - And I have typeset a fair bit of maths in it. At least it isn't any more difficult than a WYSIWYG editor. (In fact, I consider the latter annoying because you can easily forget leaving a sub- or superscript...)
Dec
6
comment Can I define more than one label inside an equation environment?
If you want sequential numbering, I don't see multiple labels being of use, but I suspect there might be something along the lines of align that could work - the Wikibook is great: en.wikibooks.org/wiki/LaTeX/Advanced_Mathematics
Nov
20
comment Typesetting chemical element names
@cgnieder in a loose definition, any modification is a hack - which includes a small macro. My key worry with doing these things is, that in the end you start defining more and more as you go along and end up with a mess or several months later have forgotten what you did. I use mchem because it is what I found when I searched for a package one or two years ago - I had a look at the chemmacros manual and it looks very good.
Nov
19
comment Typesetting chemical element names
I'd avoid using any kind of "hack" if there is a good package to do something in a simple manner. I would recommend something like mchem (which I use) right away.
Nov
15
comment Some citation numbers in bold, others not
When I originally looked at your post I thought some were bold and you didn't want it bold - but you do and they are not. I.e. I misunderstood your question before - thanks for the example. I would think that one could possibly redefine the citation command - could be messy but basically insert another attribute in the bibitem and then highlight a reference if that is present - I'd really have to start digging about for that though (I'm sure it would be trivial for those versed in TeX).
Nov
14
comment Some citation numbers in bold, others not
Any chance you can provide a minimum working example? Maybe a screenshot? What software are you using to view the output, does this appear in print too or only in the viewer? (Some render funny)
Nov
7
comment Best and easy-to-master free softwares for drawing geometric figures in math papers?
@Mathmath if you want to draw simple figures in text then TikZ should be fine. One needs some time to learn the syntax, but the more one draws, the better one gets at it. Just a quick query: Do you think you could attach a quick handdrawn sketch of what you would like to draw? I might be able to create it in TikZ as a sample.
Nov
6
comment How to find the error line in a multi file document
I don't think this will help you - but other editors handle external files correctly: TeXnicCenter for Windows and TeXStudio on Windows and Linux. Or maybe as others have said - update to the current version of your editor.
Apr
11
comment What are the advantages of TeX Live over MiKTeX?
@PaulGaborit Write access to C:\Program Files is only granted to administrators - regular users do not have write access. If users use an admin account or disable UAC the problem is the user, not the OS which tries to protect important OS files.