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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.

Nov
22
awarded  Nice Answer
Nov
22
revised Modify footer used by elsarticle.cls
cropped image
Nov
21
comment Proper way to change axis in plot tikz
You really should be using pgfplots for this. There are plenty of examples on the site.
Nov
21
revised how to highlight certain environments in emacs
Put environments in code tags for visibility; fixed grammar
Nov
21
comment Which fonts to use with pinyin?
Some serifed fonts that have the full range of accent: Charis SIL, Gentium Plus, Linux Libertine O, CMU Serif, DejaVu Serif, Times New Roman.
Nov
21
revised Using psplot, graphs won't appear on page 2
code formatted errors; added MikTeX tag (problem not reproducible on TL)
Nov
21
answered Plain TeX vs. LaTeX Macros
Nov
21
comment Plain TeX vs. LaTeX Macros
Ok. I'll turn the comments into an answer so that we can clear this question.
Nov
21
comment Plain TeX vs. LaTeX Macros
Given your comment below, the answer is simple: \newcommand and \setlength are not defined in plain TeX, so plain TeX users must use \def etc. LaTeX users can use both, since \def etc. are defined in the TeX language, and not specifically part of the plain format. So the choice is either/or for LaTeX users, but not for plain TeX users.
Nov
21
comment Plain TeX vs. LaTeX Macros
Well the first answer linked mentions advantages and disadvantages of both (e.g. checking if defined (\newcommand); delimited arguments (\def)). Maybe less so for the lengths commands. Maybe you could clarify your question based on the answers given there, then?
Nov
21
revised Diagramming workflow in LaTeX
fixed image
Nov
21
comment Plain TeX vs. LaTeX Macros
Duplicate for the \def part: macros - What is the difference between \def and \newcommand. Duplicate for the \setlength part: What is the difference between \fboxsep=1cm and \setlength{\fboxsep}{1cm}
Nov
21
revised TikZ tree sibling distance
removed spurious code after \end{document}
Nov
21
comment TikZ tree sibling distance
Thanks to @Jake, there's a solution to the horizontal alignment problem: I've added text depth=0pt to the node style parameters.
Nov
21
revised TikZ tree sibling distance
added text depth parameter
Nov
21
comment siunitx - Decimal points not present
The "disappearance" problem is caused by the \body environment, which is defined by the science package. It uses multicol to set the body in two columns, and floats are disallowed in multicols environments. Unless you really need the science package for some specific requirement you probably shouldn't use it.
Nov
20
comment TikZ tree sibling distance
Do you mean the space around the "Linha/Coluna" node? That's determined by the width of its daughter nodes; I don't think there's an easy way to adjust that. As for the alignment of the "y=?" node, I have no idea why that is not aligned properly.
Nov
20
revised TikZ tree sibling distance
typo
Nov
20
comment siunitx - Decimal points not present
Alternatively you could make the first column >{\centering}p{1in} and then use {1in} instead of {*} for the \multirow specification. This would make the first column narrower altogether.
Nov
20
comment Diagramming workflow in LaTeX
I (and most here) would recommend using tikz and pgfplots for this sort of thing. It's very powerful and once you get the hang of it, it's quite easy to use. If you browse through the tags here on the site you'll find plenty of examples to learn from.