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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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revised Combine column types defined in dcolumn with tabularx
better formatting -- broke up the long first paragraph into two parts
Oct
31
comment Complex Page Layout in LaTeX
Welcome to TeX.SE! Please provide a bit more information about the logical structure of this page. Does it flow from the all-text block to the green block and from there to the red and blue blocks, or do the red and blue blocks follow the all-text block (and then on to the green, orange, and navy blocks? How big is the overall page? Are the upper two blocks supposed to be squares or rectangles?
Oct
31
revised Harvard style bbx, cbx, and lbx
removed bibtex tag (since the OP seems to be using biblatex)
Oct
31
comment Change default font size while using fontspec
It may be the case that not every question requires an MWE. Experience does show, though, that the odds that someone will come up with a diagnosis and, better still, a solution to the problem(s) you describe improve dramatically if an MWE is, in fact, provided.
Oct
31
comment Change default font size while using fontspec
An MWE would provide further important information -- not contained in your posting -- such as real error and/or warning messages that could shed light on what's going on.
Oct
31
comment Change default font size while using fontspec
Please provide a bit more information about how the problem arises. Ideally, the information would come in the form of an MWE (minimum working example, starting with \documentclass and ending with \end{document}. Please also provide information about the version of XeLaTeX and fontspec that you use.
Oct
31
comment Harvard style bbx, cbx, and lbx
The LaTeX package called harvard comes with no less than seven [!] different bibliography style files. As @JosephWright has remarked, there simply is no single "harvard" bibliography and/or citation style. Nowadays, "harvard style" simply seems to be a generic term for "author-year citation style".
Oct
31
revised Combine column types defined in dcolumn with tabularx
updated the first para
Oct
31
comment Combine column types defined in dcolumn with tabularx
@djas - I'm pretty sure that it's helpful, in the tabular* example, to specify the same column parameters (d{6.3}) for all three numerical columns. Comparing the outputs of the examples David and I came up with, what strikes me is that there's a lot of empty whitespace to the right of the righthand-most column when using the tabularx method, whereas the issue isn't as pronounced when using the tabular* method. The fact that the three intercolumn whitespaces are the same under the tabular* method, whereas that's not the case under the tabularx method, may also be worth contemplating.
Oct
31
comment Combine column types defined in dcolumn with tabularx
I knew that if anyone could do it, you would be the one! :-)
Oct
31
revised Combine column types defined in dcolumn with tabularx
uploaded a better image file
Oct
31
answered Combine column types defined in dcolumn with tabularx
Oct
31
revised BiBTeX Name: First/last order
moved some commas around
Oct
31
revised What are the most common mistakes that beginners of (La)TeX and Friends make?
rephrased opening sentence
Oct
31
comment Stacking floats vertically
Since the odds that this float is going to be typeset on a page all by itself are rather high, you may want to specify \begin{figure}[p!] instead of \begin{figure}[htbp].
Oct
31
answered BiBTeX Name: First/last order
Oct
31
revised BiBTeX Name: First/last order
Added explanation as to which bibliography style is in use
Oct
31
comment Stacking floats vertically
Please provide a bit more information about your document setup and the structure of the float in question. E.g., are there three subfigure environments inside a common figure? Are the subfloats of roughly comparable size?
Oct
31
comment Page problem in apalike (BiBTeX)
@A.F. - I'm glad the immediate problem is fixed. May I suggest that you post your follow-up query (about changing the order of first and last names for second authors and beyond) as a new question? That way, it'll get far more visibility on this site and thus have a better chance of inviting answers by others. :-)
Oct
31
comment Page problem in apalike (BiBTeX)
@A.F. - I just noticed that you do not seem to have taken on board the updated code I posted yesterday. You definitely need to delete the * immediately before ")", on both lines.