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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!

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comment Removing italic formatting from if statement
With both of the solutions below, I would strongly recommend abstracting these concepts into new commands, e.g. \Var{current-state} \Satisfies \Var{goal}. If you use xparse and a tiny bit of expl3, you can auto-replace - to _.
6h
comment Should I emphasize the hyphen, here?
@EthanBolker whoops—the review didn't show me that! I definitely agree with the accepted answer though, and whether it is on/off topic is only part of what makes good question for a give site :)
7h
reviewed Close Should I emphasize the hyphen, here?
7h
comment Should I emphasize the hyphen, here?
This isn't really a question about TeX since both options are trivial to implement and the question is implementation-agnostic. I would ask on some other site… perhaps Graphic Design? I'm honestly not sure…
1d
comment Online LaTeX editor or local LaTeX editor?
+1 for the point on privacy.
1d
comment Online LaTeX editor or local LaTeX editor?
Oh! And you can't use the fantastic arara tool with online compilers as far as I'm aware :) (I highly recommend it; hat tip to @PauloCereda) Honestly, though: for my thesis, Emacs+AUCTeX+Magit+Arara was a killer combination.
1d
comment Online LaTeX editor or local LaTeX editor?
Local installations will be more convenient to customize and magnitudes faster (and don't require an internet connection!). Cloud solutions make collaboration more straightforward and reduce the opportunities for errors by taking care of 'installation' for you. It is also more complicated to use custom fonts (with XeTeX/LuaTeX) with online solutions. I would strongly recommend you use a local installation and take advantage of git (and its tags and branches) for project management. An online solution will eventually lag with the length of a thesis.
Jul
27
comment Script to extract and copy from LaTeX files
@Andrew Keep in mind that not everyone who uses LaTeX (in an ideal world, the vast majority) even knows what regular expressions are.
Jul
27
comment Script to extract and copy from LaTeX files
I've seen this question before somewhere… does tex.stackexchange.com/q/2571/17423 help?
Jul
23
comment TOC entries in Small Caps
This may not work, but try {\scshape\tableofcontents} instead.
Jul
20
comment WinEdt 6.0 compilation fails (Windows 8)
If It might not make a difference, but I think it would make people here much happier if you would add that minimal example and the console output from latex my-minimal-example.tex if you are still having this issue. On windows, you can capture that output with latex my-minimal-example.tex > my.log once you ensure it actually exits (not necessarily successfully).
Jul
16
comment Use the beta variant
It should be noted that DeTeXify does not produce a result for a decently accurate rendition of this symbol, and it is not included in symbols-a4.
Jul
15
revised Command to gray words
formatting
Jul
15
comment Command to gray words
In any case, I would strongly recommend using a more telling command name than simply \grey; perhaps \newcommand\Edit[1]{\textcolor{grey}{(#1)}}.
Jul
15
comment Making a homework template
I would check out the exam class or the exsheets package.
Jul
14
comment How to declare a macro with a variable argument list?
As a note, I would very much recommend using the default-value syntax for optional arguments in the argspec. Instead of oommm, use O{0cm} O{0.05} mmm.
Jul
10
comment Suggestion of LaTeX Complete Package?
You might also have a look at tobi.oetiker.ch/lshort/lshort.pdf.
Jul
10
comment Suggestion of LaTeX Complete Package?
That is, you will need LaTeX either way. I would take a look at the linked list of editors; I personally vouch for Emacs/AUCTeX. (It's even good for beginners! I've personally seen it be a good thing. Takes some time though.)
Jul
9
reviewed Close About those magic primitives
Jul
8
comment Cannot form a string with a backslash in it when editing a template in yasnippet using lisp command
If C-c C-e doesn't work, install AUCTeX with M-x package-install RET auctex RET or use the (dumbed-down) default latex-mode, which provides C-c C-o.