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I'm a mathematician working in algebra. I've been using TeX since 1987, but couldn't write my Ph.D. thesis with it. Sob!

I teach LaTeX at my university, besides the mathematics courses. I'm the author of some LaTeX packages and even of one Plain TeX package. At my site it's possible to download my book on LaTeX programming (in Italian, sorry).

Here's my motto for TeX.SX:

Pronto prontissimo son come il fulmine: sono il factotum della città. (From "Il barbiere di Siviglia", music by Gioachino Rossini, libretto by Cesare Sterbini.)


Apr
6
answered Bold arrows in xymatrix
Apr
6
comment What does “skipping forcibly removed package xxx” mean? Should I care about it?
Try doing tlmgr install --reinstall crbox and see what happens.
Apr
6
revised difference between pdfLaTeX and LaTeX outputs
Inserted image
Apr
6
comment difference between pdfLaTeX and LaTeX outputs
Most DVI previewers, based on Xdvi, don't have many graphics capabilities as regards to PostScript specials. I tried viewing the output with Xdvi and indeed the characters are garbled; but transforming it into PS and PDF gives correct rendering. DVIType doesn't show any error when run on the output DVI file, which means that the file is correct.
Apr
6
comment What does “skipping forcibly removed package xxx” mean? Should I care about it?
Try running tlmgr update −−reinstall−forcibly−removed
Apr
6
comment Why is LaTeX telling me I have an error to do with @Arabic and c@page?
You probably have used \pagenumbering{Arabic} instead of the correct \pagenumbering{arabic}.
Apr
6
revised Appending a keyword to the end of a bibliography item
Added patch for adding \textcompwordmark
Apr
6
comment Need to produce “real” double quotes in LaTeX and XY-pic in Emacs
It may depend on the settings of Emacs; in order to get the straight double quote I hit the " key twice.
Apr
6
comment Double-bar notation for second-order tensors
In a previous version of amsmath, in order to get double accents one had to use the uppercase variant; this is no longer necessary from amsmath version 2. The old commands have been retained for backwards compatibility.
Apr
6
comment Last chapter number
The package totcount should help
Apr
6
answered Appending a keyword to the end of a bibliography item
Apr
6
revised Caption package error
Fixed code for error message
Apr
6
revised Caption package error
Fixed code, removed thanks
Apr
6
answered Put subscript underneath instead of in the bottomright corner
Apr
6
comment Put subscript underneath instead of in the bottomright corner
\underset from amsmath does just this.
Apr
6
answered Printing >, <, and % in LaTeX
Apr
6
comment Printing >, <, and % in LaTeX
Welcome to TeX.sx!
Apr
6
comment Printing >, <, and % in LaTeX
< and > should be used in math mode; for printing % use \%
Apr
6
comment What are lccode and uccode used for?
A quick look at tex.web shows no particular usage of \uccode; there's only the \uchyph parameter to consider, again in connection with hyphenation: if the parameter's value is less than 1, words starting with an uppercase letter c (determined by uc_code(c)=c) won't be hyphenated.
Apr
6
comment What are lccode and uccode used for?
TeX uses also characters specified with \char or \chardef tokens when doing hyphenation (treating them if they were character tokens with category code 12); the relative \lccode should be nonzero, of course.