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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.)


Aug
12
comment Clean uninstall of TeX Live 2012 (for upgrading to TeX Live 2013) on Mac OS X
@Jubobs MacTeX installs also a System Preferences panel called “TeX Distribution” which can be used for choosing between the installed versions.
Aug
12
comment Clean uninstall of TeX Live 2012 (for upgrading to TeX Live 2013) on Mac OS X
The premise is wrong: download the latest MacTeX installer and double click. You can, later, remove the /usr/local/texlive/2012 folder, but it's not necessary, if you don't have disk space constraints.
Aug
12
revised \sqrt symbol with a vertical part
Grammar
Aug
12
answered epspdfconversion problems in xelatex
Aug
12
comment Combining sffamily and scshape
@SeanAllred Sorry, if the font doesn't support small caps, there's not much to do.
Aug
12
comment Typographic issues in definitions of newcommands
@leoredi What's so difficult in typing $\sPlot$?
Aug
12
awarded  Revival
Aug
12
answered Combining sffamily and scshape
Aug
12
comment algpseudocode side effect
algorithm issues a \floatstyle command that's still in force when you do \restylefloat{table}. What's the purpose of it?
Aug
12
revised algpseudocode side effect
Typos
Aug
12
answered Typographic issues in definitions of newcommands
Aug
12
comment Typographic issues in definitions of newcommands
I'm not a fan of \def either. +1 anyway
Aug
12
awarded  Revival
Aug
12
answered Synchronizing log output
Aug
12
comment Synchronizing log output
The log tells us that some packages are delayed at \begin{document}, as they come after (./test.aux). You could explicitly load graphicx before doing the first \DeclareBoxProperty, but there's no guarantee that something in \AtBeginDocument will generate output. A better strategy is to delimit your debugging information and use something such as Perl for looking at it.
Aug
12
answered Trouble using xstring to edit input parameter strings
Aug
12
comment Unusual problem with eqnarray
I'd prefer \mathrm or \textnormal instead of \text for textual sub/superscripts. All those \ensuremath commands are useless, since these commands are to be used in math mode; I wouldn't recommend using \def. And \bar\mathcal{A}_f is wrong: \bar{\mathcal{A}}_f will do right.
Aug
12
revised Trouble using xstring to edit input parameter strings
Grammar, code
Aug
11
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
11
comment Difference between \if and \ifx
@Fabrice No: the two tokens that are compared are swallowed during the process.