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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.)


Nov
10
comment Is there any difference between quad in math mode and text mode?
This is because a font defined with \font doesn't obey LaTeX's rules; \text basically issues \usefont{\f@encoding}{\f@family}{\f@series}{\f@shape}, but since \meta doesn't change any of the \f@... macros, the result is almost unpredictable: in the outer level of the formula the current text font quad (\meta) is used, but not inside \text. Indeed you get META in the normal text font.
Nov
10
answered table length set-up latex \hbox overflows
Nov
10
awarded  packages
Nov
10
comment pdflatex, dvips: cannot determine size of graphic in … (no Bound ingBox)
@nickie --shell-escape is not needed for epstopdf with recent TeX Live distributions (≥2012) and, I believe, also with MiKTeX 2.9.
Nov
9
comment How to add a phantom character to the beginning of a verbatim block
Why isn't an error thrown? Because the developer of fancyvrb didn't deem it necessary.
Nov
9
comment If fractions are Inner atoms, why don't they have thin spaces on either side?
That's a lie in the TeXbook, as a couple of \showlists make apparent.
Nov
9
revised How to make a new environment behave like an existing environment? (Part 2: endnotes and comments)
Version for automatic \theendnotes
Nov
9
comment How to make a new environment behave like an existing environment? (Part 2: endnotes and comments)
@EvanAad Yes, but with a little more work.
Nov
9
revised How to add a phantom character to the beginning of a verbatim block
added cause of errors
Nov
9
answered How to add a phantom character to the beginning of a verbatim block
Nov
9
comment How to add a phantom character to the beginning of a verbatim block
You shouldn't use the same character both for opening and closing braces.
Nov
9
answered Using option for sty file
Nov
9
comment Mysterious overfull \hbox
If I try the code I get Overfull \hbox (3.1333pt too wide) which is to be expected because of the two spaces. The 30pt is quite large and can't be explained only by your code snippet.
Nov
9
comment Mysterious overfull \hbox
@DavidCarlisle Yes, of course.
Nov
9
comment Mysterious overfull \hbox
Add a % after the final braces in lines 2 and 4.
Nov
9
answered Table inside enumeration: How to align vertically when using booktabs' \toprule?
Nov
9
comment suppressing captions of figures but keeping list of figure captions?
@Sigur Can you make an answer?
Nov
9
comment suppressing captions of figures but keeping list of figure captions?
A floating figure should always have a caption; so the \caption[<long>]{<short>} way suggested by Sigur could be what you want.
Nov
9
comment pdflatex, dvips: cannot determine size of graphic in … (no Bound ingBox)
And probably add \usepackage{epstopdf} to the document.
Nov
9
comment What are the standards of TeX/LaTeX coding in order to obtain robust packages?
\pgfmathsetlength{\dimen@}{0}\global\testvar\dimen@ is the way to go. Avoid global and local changes to the same variable.