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Jun
3
comment Which PDF/DVI viewers have spelling error or homonym detectors?
TexShop an Co. have their own PDF viewers; you use Skim if you are probably also using vi or emacs :-)
Jun
3
comment Are there any disadvantages of TeX being Turing complete?
@Aditya: That is true, "infinite state" is formally also a requirement of a Turing machine. So TeX as a language is turing-complete (TC), the tex machine that interprets this language, however, is actually a linear bounded automaton, LBA. This, of course, holds for any real-world computing machine (there is no computer with unlimited memory...), so in colloquial usage the term TC usually implies a "given that the machine is an LBA with enough memory".
Jun
2
comment Are there any disadvantages of TeX being Turing complete?
+1 and more for investing so much time on great packages that have made not only my life so much easier! The answer itself, however, is just wrong, technically and socially: 1: I doubt that for any of the algorithms you have implemented Touring-completeness is actually required. 2: All good PhD students spend (too much?) time on (over-engineered) side projects that are supposed to ease their writing. I have seen many; there is absolutely no evidence, that the turing-completeness of the tool is the driver for procrastination :-)
Jun
2
comment Are there any disadvantages of TeX being Turing complete?
That indeed are points that actually are related to Turing-completenes and that really do matter.
Jun
1
comment Are there any disadvantages of TeX being Turing complete?
@mlp: Upps, I did it again. I am terribly sorry, Alan :-)
May
31
comment Are there any disadvantages of TeX being Turing complete?
"almost inevitable" is debatable here, as neither arithmetic nor the ability to measure boxes and take decisions requires Touring-completeness. Basically, touring completeness requires three properties: (1) variables and the possibility to do arithmetic on them (an inc operation is enough) (2) a test operation (if) and (3) an endless loop construct (such as recursion or`goto` or while). Number 3 is the key point here: Only if you really need some sort of "endless computation", Touring-completness is inevitable.
May
31
comment Are there any disadvantages of TeX being Turing complete?
@DavidCarlisle,Seamus: Well, the important point here is that for a Touring-complete language the halting problem (will a program terminate or not) is undecidable, whereas for a regular language as sketched by David it is.
May
31
comment How to install custom sty files where the LaTeX compiler can find them?
Yes, that applies to an entire hierarchy.
May
31
comment Issues and potentiality of the tikzmark macro: dynamic box adaptation
@ClaudioFiandrino: Then I'd suggest to make very explicit that your question is of academic nature: You are not looking for a certain result, but a for a way to achieve a result under certain constraints in order to learn and explore. ("I want to learn about hammers. So given I have only a hammer: How to use it to drill a hole"). Note that, IMHO, this is perfectly okay. It's just that one should be explicit about it, as otherwise the question might be seen as an X-Y question, which are generally disouraged.
May
31
comment Is there a simple way to draw a straight line from one coffin handle to another?
@JosephWright: Well, in that case it probably should become an answer :-)
May
31
comment Making more easy the itemized of item with tabulation system
Also take a look at the easylist package. While it does not support tabs as indentation markers out of the box, it possibly could be extended in that way. Maybe you could also live with marking the indentation by something like +, ++ and so on.
May
31
comment Making more easy the itemized of item with tabulation system
Possible duplicate: Using indentation to automatically begin and end itemize environments; related: Automatically itemize a paragraph. Please take a look at these and report back if this is what you are after.
May
30
comment Issues and potentiality of the tikzmark macro: dynamic box adaptation
@ClaudioFiandrino: Hm... I obviously have difficulties to understand what you actually want to achieve. The \tikzmark macro per se has nothing to do with boxes (it just marks a point), so it cannot 'adapt' to a width or a height of whatever. The questions you refer to all just use it as a vehicle to implement some sort of highlighting. Now you write that highlighting is not what you are after, so ... what exactly is it you are after?
May
30
comment Alphabetic comparison of two strings
The OP, however, needs not to check for equality, but for alphabetic order.
May
29
comment Automatically set file name of externalized graphics equal to the file name of the tikz/PGF file
Does \tikzsetnextfilename{\jobname} give the desired result?
May
29
comment TikZ multipart nodes: How to set text attributes (opacity) for some/all parts
Well, there he is, the hero :-) Many thanks, also for reporting the bug.
May
28
comment TikZ multipart nodes: How to set text attributes (opacity) for some/all parts
Yeah, that is probably true. The respective PGF code is a "bit" daunting... I can live with the macro; reading the value out of \tikz@textopacity makes it pretty usable. I will neverthelss wait a couple of days for other answers before accepting; maybe some hero feels tempted to delve into pgflibraryshapes.multipart.code.tex :-)
May
28
comment TikZ multipart nodes: How to set text attributes (opacity) for some/all parts
That is already a lot better than my hack with a nested tikzpicture. Do you see any chance applying this by a style (e.g., every two node part)?
May
27
comment how to use “count” feature?
The count feature was added to PGF for version 2.1; however, older TeX distros just ship version 2.0. So my first assumption would be that your PGF package is a bit outdated.
May
25
comment List of available TikZ libraries with a short introduction
I totally do not understand the purpose of this list that just mimics the very good PGF documentation. Apparently, other members consider it as very useful, given the number of favorite links, which is a mystery to me. Am I overlooking something?