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I'm an economist by training. I've used LaTeX for more than 20 years, ever since I wrote my Ph.D. dissertation with an early version of LaTeX. I continue to use LaTeX for my working papers, journal articles, and some of my other professional publications.

I am the principal author of the selnolig package, which lets users automatically suppress typographic ligatures that are inappropriate because they span morpheme boundaries, for both English and German language texts.

I once edited an entire conference proceedings volume in LaTeX. At the organization prior to the one I work for now, I wrote a LaTeX package to implement the style and layout requirements the organization had come up with for working papers written by its professional staff. This package (i) helped up free up much of the authors' time that was otherwise wasted on figuring out how to implement the guidelines in LaTeX -- the guidelines had been written primarily with users of MS Word -- and (ii) actually convinced some of our economists to make the switch from MS Word to LaTeX when writing their working papers.


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A tip: If you indent lines by 4 spaces, then they are marked as a code sample. You can also highlight the code and click the "code" button (with "{}" on it).

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Please do not use $$ in a LaTeX document to initiate and terminate display-math mode. For more information, see the postings Why is \[ ... \] preferable to $$ ... $$? and What are the differences between $$, \[, align, equation and displaymath?


Apr
27
revised Suppress 2-letter ligature when 3-letter ligature would apply
provided explanation of how to work with Classico fonts under LuaLaTeX
Apr
27
revised Suppress 2-letter ligature when 3-letter ligature would apply
added comment next to \nolig command to explain its operation a bit
Apr
27
answered Suppress 2-letter ligature when 3-letter ligature would apply
Apr
27
comment How to create a mathematics LaTeX document
For a comparison of the relative strengths of TeXLive and MiKTeX, see, e.g., the posting What are the advantages of TeX Live over MiKTeX.
Apr
27
revised Which commands consisting of a non-letter eat spaces afterwards?
fixed a typo in the MWE; deleted 16 characters in body
Apr
27
revised bibtex vs. biber and biblatex vs. natbib
fixed a typo in bullet point on BibTeX's (lack of) support on non-European languages, provided a cross-reference on how to enter characters with accents and diacritics
Apr
27
revised bibtex vs. biber and biblatex vs. natbib
edited the bullet point about the makebst utility to clarify that it's not directly a part of the natbib package
Apr
27
comment How to create a mathematics LaTeX document
You're asking many separate questions. Could you tell us a bit more about the TeX distribution(s) you've installed on your Windows system, the front-ends (editors) you plan to use, and whether you've consulted any intro guides -- such as The Not So Short Introduction to LATEX2e -- to LaTeX? Incidentally, these sub-questions have already been asked on this site; have you searched it for postings that relate to your information needs?
Apr
27
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
27
awarded  Enlightened
Apr
27
comment Is it ever bad to use \left and \right?
@TravisBemrose - Good typography is characterized by balance, meaning that no one element dominates the others. Whereas the \left(...\right) approach does ensure that the material is fully enclosed, the resulting very large parentheses tend to dominate the enclosed material. The \biggl(...\biggr) approach tries to strike a balance: both the parentheses and the material they enclose are given roughly equal visual importance. And do ask yourself: what's the risk that a reader might think that "i=1" isn't part of the expression, just because it's not "fully enclosed" by the parentheses?
Apr
27
revised Is it ever bad to use \left and \right?
point out explicitly that the use of \bigg in the case of large summation symbols with limits is given in the TeXbook itself.
Apr
27
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
27
revised How to create this matrix in LaTeX?
added 106 characters in body
Apr
27
answered How to create this matrix in LaTeX?
Apr
27
comment How to make good pagenumbering in LaTeX for academic work?
As the old saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Please be a bit more specific as to what you consider to be "beautiful page numbering".
Apr
27
answered Is it ever bad to use \left and \right?
Apr
27
comment Is it ever bad to use \left and \right?
@pst - Believe it or not, but not everyone has easy access to a copy of Lansburgh (1961). Is it available online somewhere?
Apr
27
comment Using Harvard Style
@Mary - Something I don't understand about your setup is the way you're listing a regular author for a given entry and yet prefer to cite it by the name of the newspaper in which the entry was published. For newspaper articles, it's much more common to treat the newspaper itself as the author. (By the way, the @article entry type isn't all that well suited for articles published in newspapers.) If your concern is mostly about citing newspaper articles, I think you're better off defining the newspaper itself to be the "author" and use the \citet and \citep commands directly.
Apr
27
comment Which commands consisting of a non-letter eat spaces afterwards?
@LoverofStructure - I've updated/augmented my answer to explain a bit more -- mainly using Joseph Wright's terminology :-) -- what an undelimited macro is. I've also provided an addendum to mention the line-breaking macro, \\, but I don't go into too much detail about that one because I don't think that this is what your question is (mainly) about.