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Jun
12
answered Oversize table with nested tabularx->minipage->tabular* has columns that are too narrow (Memoir)
Jun
12
asked Oversize table with nested tabularx->minipage->tabular* has columns that are too narrow (Memoir)
May
21
comment Golden ratio typography in TeX
Well that's hardly a ringing endorsement ...
May
20
comment Golden ratio typography in TeX
For what it's worth, using the x-height seems to yield better results i.e. \baselineskip=1.618\fontdimen5\font
May
20
comment Golden ratio typography in TeX
Great post. Rounding issues aside, it would be very interesting to see an example employing the equations where resulting text is decidedly sub-optimal.
May
20
awarded  Nice Question
May
19
comment Golden ratio typography in TeX
@morbusg: Many thanks - much appreciated.
May
19
comment Golden ratio typography in TeX
@morbusg Thanks. I don't recall Bringhurst providing that level of specificity -- sorry for the inconvenience, but do you have an edition & page number or quote? You may find this comment on Bringhurst interesting (and it agrees with my albeit vague recollection). Dawn's article is also cited in the article, incidentally. I am not sure that "everything affects everything" is helpful since it's too general; the hypothesized formula present a practical yet high level conversation piece and starting point.
May
19
comment Golden ratio typography in TeX
@morbusg: I am not sure that's right - what's your source for 66 CPL? Generally, longer line lengths are read faster, but shorter line lengths are preferred. This is supported by e.g. Duchnicky & Kolers, 1983; and, Dyson & Kipping, 1998. These articles both concluded that 75 and 100 characters per line were read faster. In particular "Dyson also noted that when testing subjects, people preferred the 55 character line length, again, despite the fact that they read longer line lengths faster." 66 CPL seems oversimplified - does it give optimal reading speed, or user retention/preference?
May
19
comment Golden ratio typography in TeX
@morbusg: From the comments in the article [this not the proper approach because] font size, line height, and line width are all dependent variables. In other words, you cannot change one without changing the other two. The reason why the equation you suggest is incorrect is the sine qua non of the article. :)
May
19
revised Golden ratio typography in TeX
removed more TeX not working on tex.SE :)
May
19
asked Golden ratio typography in TeX
May
16
comment Add vertical line margin-aligned from a given point through subsequent pages
@GonzaloMedina: Thanks for the comment. The side margins will be simple text (maybe italicized, bold, ...), so nothing really special; the horizontal rule will basically always be in the same position and relative to the height of the preamble.
May
16
answered Add vertical line margin-aligned from a given point through subsequent pages
May
16
asked Add vertical line margin-aligned from a given point through subsequent pages
Apr
28
awarded  Nice Question
Apr
26
awarded  Good Answer
Mar
9
comment Do the online LaTeX compilers use a TeX daemon to speed up their compilation?
@Jubobs: :) Incidentally I use VIM, for what it's worth. My code is bad enough — with an IDE it'd be a debacle. ;)
Mar
8
comment Do the online LaTeX compilers use a TeX daemon to speed up their compilation?
@Jucobs: Linux. The purpose of the question is (albeit not directly stated) relative to high performance compilations, where for example there may be several hundred to thousands of concurrent jobs every second. One would expect a LaTeX service provider to use elastic delivery such as Amazon EC2 or Linode. Memory is also a concern - every XeLaTeX instance can consume >100mb of memory, so keeping one instance with multiple compiles in memory would be very, very handy.
Mar
8
asked Do the online LaTeX compilers use a TeX daemon to speed up their compilation?