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Linguist and some-time package/software writer.

My one-page dictatorial guide to LaTeX packages

Package author of:

  • msu-thesis class (for Michigan State University theses and dissertations.)
  • he-she (alternating masculine and feminine pronouns for gender neutral writing.)
  • pst-vowel (diphthong arrows for vowel.sty vowel charts)
  • msuletterhead (letterhead package for Michigan State University (internal use))

Software author of: (Mac OS X)

  • csv2latex (Ruby/Applescript combination for pasting spreadsheet cells into LaTeX source); included as part of TeXShop; usable with any Mac text editor.
  • make-local-texmf App to create a new user texmf folder.

Oct
15
comment Citations in order of appearance
@Avi We only put references like this here on the site so that examples are self-contained. (The filecontents package just writes out its contents to a file.) So you would just have your references in your own bib file managed with e.g. JabRef (or BibDesk if you're using a Mac). You don't actually need a separate file for each chapter; you could just have one big file.
Oct
15
revised Citations in order of appearance
added comment about aux files
Oct
15
answered Citations in order of appearance
Oct
15
comment Citations in order of appearance
@lockstep Well minimally, the entries aren't single spaced with a blank line between them. Also, the standard biblatex style doesn't quite match that basic natbib style (idiosyncrasies such as using "In:" for journals, e.g. ) I'm not saying these aren't solvable, but depending on what the thesis requirements are, it may be better to stick with the natbib solution.
Oct
15
comment Citations in order of appearance
The gatech-thesis class redefines the bibliography commands and is therefore not compatible with biblatex without a good amount of modification. When you used natbib, did you make sure to run latex at least twice after running bibtex?
Oct
15
awarded  Self-Learner
Oct
13
comment Theming LaTeX documents
It's not very difficult to modify document looks. Here's an example of how to emulate MSWord :-) Change Section Fonts; you may not want that particular scheme, but the general idea is the same. Using XeLaTeX or LuaLaTeX allows you to use any font installed on your system.
Oct
12
answered Word overlap in TOC with memoir class and part subdivision
Oct
12
comment What measure can we use by LaTeX to control the print budget
I (partially) take back my comment. It looks like there is a free ecofont version of Vera Sans here: ecofont_vera_sans but other than that, the software is as I described.
Oct
12
comment What measure can we use by LaTeX to control the print budget
Yes, it's not a font at all, but some kind of software that hacks into the fonts you have and drills virtual holes in them. It's a neat idea, though. It might be interesting to figure out a way to create such fonts with FontForge.
Oct
12
comment What measure can we use by LaTeX to control the print budget
"Currently Ecofont Software is not compatible with Mac OS, we are planning to develop a version for Mac OS in future.". System requirements seem to be Windows + MSOffice (only Word and Outlook). So I don't think this would work as a TeX solution, even for Windows.
Oct
11
awarded  Nice Answer
Oct
11
comment Starting a PhD; Any guides to setting up a 'system'?
In fact, GitHub offers free private repositories for students as well.
Oct
11
comment Starting a PhD; Any guides to setting up a 'system'?
One other comment: since social coding isn't the goal for your thesis (I hope) and therefore the number of site users is less relevant, BitBucket provides free private repositories, and offers similar functionality to GitHub.
Oct
11
comment Starting a PhD; Any guides to setting up a 'system'?
Although it's interesting that Will's thesis is in a public GIT repository, I'm not sure that this is wise advice generally. One's individual research probably shouldn't be open sourced while in progress for any number of reasons. Since most science is collaborative, I would also check carefully with your advisor before putting any such research in an open repository. Github private repositories are cheap (~$60/yr), so although I heartily recommend using it, I would strongly suggest keeping it in a private repository.
Oct
11
comment polyglossia error after MiKTeX update
And the bug in polyglossia has now been fixed, as of version 1.2.0b.
Oct
11
revised xelatex stopped working after TexLive2011 update 2 days ago
added update information
Oct
11
revised Snippet Manager in TeXnicCenter
slight change to formatting. (Since this is about source not output, 'type' is the correct choice.
Oct
10
answered Kerning between bold and non-bold text
Oct
10
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Starting a PhD; Any guides to setting up a 'system'?