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A computer scientist at heart with a conviction for deduction.

I'm a poor mathematician but pretty decent with TeX. Let me return the favor!

TeX.SE rules.

Check out my blog over on @GitHub! It has (or will have) a lot of good resources:

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  • Recommended TeX resources and editors

Insanely curious, slightly snarky, and a little absent-minded.

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14h
comment Where should I put LaTeX macro package files?
In the same directory will work. This question has been asked before, though.
1d
comment Using the long form of a section title in the TOC
Could you provide a minimal working example (MWE)?
1d
comment Highlighting a line in program listings in lyx
Idea: one could use LaTeX escape in the listing: somehow, you need to add escapechar=@ (or perhaps another character, remembering to escape special ones) and then issue a @\color{blue}@ at the beginning of the line you wish to highlight. Can't test right now though...
2d
comment pgfplots: Points with no marks but errorbars?
@Janek well, what would you expect? I've personally no idea what a legend would look like for a plot such as this.
Aug
25
comment Generating LaTeX reports from XML *without* external scripts
+1 for XSLT--fantastic tool. xsltproc is your friend. If you want fancier things, saxon is pretty neat, too.
Aug
24
reviewed Close Draw a rectangle on page borders (not margins) with tikz?
Aug
21
revised SplitArgument on colon doesn't work under expl3 syntax
edited tags
Aug
21
comment SplitArgument on colon doesn't work under expl3 syntax
@DavidCarlisle I thought as much. I even had a guess at the problem in the draft, but I opted to nix it because I'm still pretty sure I barely know what I'm talking about :) I suppose this isn't fixable without introducing another layer of pass-the-buck? Is there a way to specify the category code as \SplitArgument sees it?
Aug
21
comment SplitArgument on colon doesn't work under expl3 syntax
@egreg Unfortunately this example is very minimal; I've already got two levels of indirection with these arguments :)
Aug
21
asked SplitArgument on colon doesn't work under expl3 syntax
Aug
19
comment Tex studio- Bidirectional
Interesting issue. As a workaround for now, I would recommend you make (or find) some sort of keyboard shortcut to insert the $*$ snippet, if possible. Even if you fix this, you will then come against the complementing issue of inserting a Rial in text.
Aug
19
comment How to reduce spacing between figure and text
The reason TeX inserts more vertical space here is to avoid having the very start of a paragraph (first two lines or so) separated from the rest of the paragraph. It's part of the page breaking algorithm, I believe. I would reconsider if you actually want this...
Aug
18
revised How should I create complex objects using xtemplate?
edited body
Aug
18
comment How to design and place different things in LaTeX?
I don't mean to sound too harsh, but what do TikZ and TeXmaker have to do with the question? As general advice, I would say don't try an automatic conversion. It's reasonable to say that it's faster to sketch a nice layout using a graphical editor, but I would now use that layout as a reference as you create a proper LaTeX document class.
Aug
18
comment Remove bold from Table of Contents
Lazy, definitely. Cowardly might be a bit harsh. Maybe there was no time. Again, I'm not the downvoter, so there's only so much I can say. (Aside: at this point, there are much better ways to patch commands than letting and grouping. Look into xpatch.)
Aug
18
accepted How should I create complex objects using xtemplate?
Aug
18
comment Remove bold from Table of Contents
This is appropriate for package code, but not appropriate on the document design level or the author level. In the end, everything is resolved to primitives (\kern, \def, \advance, etc.); but I would be saddened to see these in a document side-by-side with content.
Aug
18
comment Remove bold from Table of Contents
I'm not the down-voter, but I think I can see why. Redefining lower-level commands like this often has drastic and unintended consequences, and sometimes it may not even solve the problem for any number of reasons. For example, if any relevant code was using the deprecated \bf, this code wouldn't work as is. It is a solution that isn't aligned with the spirit of LaTeX, basically amounting to clicking the button for bold to un-bold part of a document (rather than making a proper design choice). Hope that helps understand the possible reasoning :)
Aug
16
comment Xparse macro not working when \obeylines is in effect
It really would be helpful to understand the underlying problem you're trying to solve. There is probably a better way to do this. (To see what Joseph is talking about, change your margin to 250pt.)
Aug
14
comment How to write text document in two colums in Lyx2.0.2?
It's definitely there. v2.0.7.1 2014-01-31 i.stack.imgur.com/EE8HR.png Sorry for the graininess; LyX (more accurately, Qt) doesn't support Retina displays yet. Note additionally that a GUI element wouldn't change so drastically between minor revisions :)