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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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Jan
23
revised How to put the formula in line with the text in the example below
provided information on how to make the change to \arraycolsep local to the formula at hand
Jan
23
answered How to put the formula in line with the text in the example below
Jan
22
comment How to shorten natbib bibliography authors to et al
Did you check out the posting BibTeX: How can I automatically reduce long author lists to "xxx et al."? The style file under consideration is unsrt, but the instructions apply to abbrv and abbrvnat as well.
Jan
22
comment Consistency versus aesthetics with respect to \tilde and \widetilde
Which font (family) do you use? In some font families -- though not Computer/Latin Modern -- the widetilde/widehat "accents" are indeed quite prominent. If you use CM/LM fonts, your mixed approach -- small accents over lowercase letters and wide accents over uppercase letters -- should be OK. If you have any misgivings about risking confusion among your readers, just provide a paragraph somewhere early on in the document explaining any notational conventions feel explaining.
Jan
21
comment Reference numbers out of order using BibTex
Thanks for editing your posting to provide information about fileswithreferences.tex and books.bib. I must confess it's now unclear to me what your question or concern is. Please elaborate. Incidentally, while it may be helpful (or even important) to a citation call-out in the caption of a figure while you're looking at the figure, it's probably less useful (and possibly quite confusing) to have the numeric citation number show up in the List of Figures. You may thus want to write the caption command as \caption[Alternative energies]{Alternative energies \cite{Anderson1989}}.
Jan
21
comment What bibliography style should I use in a presentation?
@ppr - I've sat through countless academic presentations, and I can't honestly remember a single instance of (i) the presenter(s) not providing a bibliography and me thinking, "gosh, they really ought to have provided a bibliography as part of the presentation", or (ii) [rather infrequently!] the presenter(s) providing a bibliography and me thinking, "wow, now this is really helpful that I'm being shown a bibliography." Is it common practice in your field to provide a bibliography section as part of a presentation?
Jan
21
comment What bibliography style should I use in a presentation?
The beamer user guide is quite adamant in its claim that it's best not to include a bibliography -- of any kind -- in a beamer presentation...
Jan
21
revised How to make a wide longtable fit on page?
added image file
Jan
21
answered How to make a wide longtable fit on page?
Jan
21
comment Howto center images in a size defined table?
Sorry for not being clear: I was suggesting you change width=0.7\linewidth to width=6cm, for the widths of the images.
Jan
21
comment Howto center images in a size defined table?
Welcome to TeX.SE! Since the assigned column widths are 7cm each, have you tried 6cm for the widths of the images?
Jan
21
comment Reference numbers out of order using BibTex
Without information about the relevant contents of filewithreferences.tex, it's not possible to say for sure what's going on. It could be something as simple as an extra \cite command that has slipped in somewhere in the file.
Jan
20
comment Is there a way to set character align in the preamble
Welcome to TeX.SE!
Jan
20
comment How to point to references
Are you familiar with the basics of BibTeX and the simultaneous creation of a bibliography (usually, but not necessarily, located toward the end of a document) and callouts to the bibliographic entries via \cite commands? Assuming you want to \cite bibliographic entries using a superscript citation style (instead of either an author-year style or a plain-numeric style), you could load the natbib citation management package with the super option.
Jan
20
comment Displaymath environment that can align equations and squeezes math
I think that having an environment that lets you split math material across lines and squeezes the material on various lines (possibly to varying degrees) to make it fit into the available text block poses a serious, nay, a tremendous peril to good (math) typography. One of the main objectives of good typography is to create the appearance of even "color" -- better, "grayness" -- on a page. Having a modified align environment that produces different color on adjacent lines because of differing amounts of squeezing going on almost surely wrecks any chance of getting even color.
Jan
20
comment align vs equation
I guess what you're showing is that an align[*] environment, if used mindlessly (or recklessly...), more easily produces seriously overfull lines of math than does an equation[*] environment. Of course, one rather good reason for using an align environment to begin with is to have a method for avoiding the creation such overfull lines.
Jan
20
comment New command in TeX for fraction
I suspect the OP has a keyboard where the curly braces are less easily accessible than is the comma. That, or saving three keystrokes relative to a regular \frac command...
Jan
19
revised How to get a bigger bracket? I have tried \left and \right
Fixed several typos, added a third case where left/right fails
Jan
19
answered How to get a bigger bracket? I have tried \left and \right
Jan
19
answered Incorrect alignment when using aligned