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Jul
5
comment Variable persist outside environment
Thanks both for the comments. I'll try etoolbox.
Jul
5
comment Golden ratio typography in TeX
@morbusg - Incidentally, I re-read Bringhurst's text (4th ed.), and while he does advocate 66 cpl for paper text (though without explanation other than noting that it is "broadly accepted"), he also states that for computer screens the proper number of characters per line is "more like 36". Just thought I'd mention that since it's relevant, and an unintuitive deviation from the norm of 66.
Jul
4
comment Do the online LaTeX compilers use a TeX daemon to speed up their compilation?
Excellent answer, thanks for posting, and welcome to Tex.SE. :) I would love to know your experience with XeLaTeX; my limited experience is that it's somewhat more memory intensive than pdflatex, but otherwise they share performance characteristics.
Jun
25
comment Set custom page text/line width in memoir for sidepars
sorry, you are right — I meant the newgeometry command of the geometry package.
Jun
24
comment Set custom page text/line width in memoir for sidepars
It may be worth noting for any passer-by that part of the problem I had was that I am using the newgeometry package (which, although compatible with memoir, it does not seem to happily deliver the functionality of \newgeometry as one might hope). One has to specify the width as e.g. \newgeometry{width=10cm}.
Jun
24
comment Set custom page text/line width in memoir for sidepars
Yes - that's almost exactly what I had come up with while fiddling, based on your comments. Many thanks.
Jun
13
comment Oversize table with nested tabularx->minipage->tabular* has columns that are too narrow (Memoir)
Thank you David - that's exactly what I was looking for - a little illumination into how one might go about this sort of thing! Very much appreciated.
Jun
12
comment Oversize table with nested tabularx->minipage->tabular* has columns that are too narrow (Memoir)
@daleif Great tip; updating.
Jun
12
comment Oversize table with nested tabularx->minipage->tabular* has columns that are too narrow (Memoir)
@daleif The memoir package has defined its own tabular{,*,x} commands and other peculiarities that may affect the outcome, so it seemed necessary to mention it.
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
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
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.
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
3
comment Avoid widowed signature lines
Many thanks David. I didn't mean for you to have to fix my signature code too, but it is much appreciated. If I may ask, why might one prefer \widowpenalty to e.g. \nopagebreak?