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I am a mathematician by profession and quite a long-time (since around 1995 – as of now [2013], this means about half of my life) TeX user by hobby.

I started with plain TeX, and much later (in the early 2000s) moved to LaTeX; I still use plain TeX occasionally (and when writing LaTeX classes/packages). Quite recently I also started to use ConTeXt.

I am a heavy Emacs user, though still a newbie – I started in 2001.

I have a blog about (among others) TeX and friends, located at http://mbork.pl/Content_AND_Presentation.


Mar
20
comment XeTeX crashing when including PDF files with \includegraphics
Just want to make sure (this might be a reason): this is not a file called fig.tex, right? ;)
Mar
17
comment Animated arrows
So why not use beamer's overlays? What exactly is the problem?
Mar
17
comment Animated arrows
And where is \begin{document}? ;) And most importantly: why animate arrows? If you want them to attract attention, better make them red/big/encircled etc.
Mar
15
comment How to trace LaTeX errors efficiently?
Just two cents: if one doesn't know any VCS, learning svn may seem a bad idea; why not learn Git or Mercurial instead?
Mar
15
comment How to trace LaTeX errors efficiently?
Re: finding the "last good/first bad" version, I can add only two words: git bisect...
Mar
12
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Mar
10
comment How to change one thing to change all
@Werner: you ninja'd me with this association...
Mar
6
comment How do you make a proof not italic?
I'm pretty much convinced that the problem is that the OP coded everything in math mode. (I can see no other explanation for use of \:.)
Mar
6
comment Permanent “Undefined Control Sequence?”
Re: putting this on hold: I would definitely reopen this, the question needs rewording (maybe as community wiki), but (unless there's some duplicate) this may be a serious problem for many people, and having the answer somewhere on the internet (and why not here?) would be great. I voted for reopening.
Mar
6
comment Permanent “Undefined Control Sequence?”
I wouldn't say "strangely", rather "quite obviously";). When I was about halfway through your question, I had the exact same suspicion. However, I have to admit that this behavior of LaTeX is quite baffling, well, for novice users;).
Mar
2
comment Creating 'document' environment using AUCTeX leaves a blank line after \end{document}
Did you try C-h v require-final-newline RET?
Mar
2
comment Keyword-Based Documentation Help
@DavidCarlisle: MikTeX also has a version/variant (I'm not sure which) of texdoc. See also stackoverflow.com/questions/2440588 .
Mar
2
comment How can I create this game-tree in Latex?
Please note that the tables would look much better without vertical lines. I would also drop the top and bottom horizontal ones. (Alternatively, you might try keeping only the second vertical and horizontal lines, those between the row and column headers and their contents - I didn't try this at home, it's almost 2:00 am here;), but I guess it might look ok.)
Feb
28
comment Installation of texlive-full on Ubuntu 12.04
+1 for suggesting Emacs;). However, I would not recommend RCS for version control these days; for ease of use, Mercurial is the way to go, and for power and ease of use (but only after understanding how Git works!), Git + Magit seems to be unbeatable.
Feb
26
comment Is LaTeX intended for unattended typesetting?
Isn't this discussion about tradeoffs? Either good quality or automated typesetting? What LaTeX gives (maybe) is that it replaces "good quality and manual typesetting vs terrible quality and automated typesetting" with "good quality and manual typesetting vs decent quality and automated typesetting"...
Feb
21
comment Can LuaTeX create HTML?
The answers to your questions are: yes and yes. To be precise: ConTeXt MkIV (which is built on top of LuaTeX) can produce (X)HTML natively from ConTeXt source. I'm not aware of any LaTeX package to do such a thing, though.
Feb
17
comment How is the spirit of LaTeX different from writing in MS-Word?
@tohecz: not true. ;) In fact, LaTeX was developed (more or less) to help typeset scientific papers in computer science. It is possible to do high-quality typesetting of (almost) anything using LaTeX, but you need add-ons (aka packages), and sometimes it just doesn't feel right (why would you need a package or low-level trickery to change something as trivial as enumeration style?). So you can use LaTeX for that, but this is not precisely its design goal.
Feb
17
comment How is the spirit of LaTeX different from writing in MS-Word?
Last but not least, smaller font size is quite often used to, say, deemphasize text (think footnotes, for instance).
Feb
17
comment How is the spirit of LaTeX different from writing in MS-Word?
Also, look at Tschichold's New Typography and the (terrible imho) boldface emphasizing... Not exactly fontsize, but close.
Feb
17
comment How is the spirit of LaTeX different from writing in MS-Word?
@tohecz: let me play devil's advocate here. What do you think about displayed math (as opposed to inline math), like \dfrac and \tfrac? ;)