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I am a mathematician by profession and quite a long-time (since around 1995 – as of now [2014], this means more than 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
31
comment How to generate a series of \paused stand-alone TikZ images?
You could extract them from the beamer presentation using the pdfpages package. You could also use the plain option for the frame environment so that you won't have headers/footers etc.
Mar
30
comment Accessible TeX/LaTeX textbooks, primers, and materials?
Re: flashcards: I guess using LaTeX is a better idea - you memorize what you need. Re: other requirements/accessibility: what about using Org-mode instead with Emacspeak? (I don't know that solution, just an idea to see whether it makes any sense.)
Mar
29
comment Why can't I renew the \label command in math mode?
Are you sure that you are solving the right problem? Wouldn't a good autocompletion system in your editor be a better solution? Personally, I guess that using long, meaningful labels and having something like AUCTeX gives me (in Emacs, of course) with C-c C-m ref RET might be a better solution than printing labels. Also, if this is not enough, I'd consider (staying in Emacs, of course) using either incremental search (for \label), or using M-x occur (again, with \\label), or both.
Mar
27
comment \addtocontents not writing to the toc file
Of course, the \addtocontents will be used throughout the document (it's an issue of a journal, and besides the article titles, it will contain "sections", i.e., groups of articles; these groups will have titles in the ToC).
Mar
26
comment \addtocontents not writing to the toc file
@DavidCarlisle: thanks, I didn't manage (yet) to look at the source for @starttoc. In my case, the class will call it anyway, but my class will also typeset the ToC (in etoolbox's \AtEndPreamble).
Mar
26
comment \addtocontents not writing to the toc file
Actually, it turns out that \@starttoc{toc} is enough.
Mar
26
comment \addtocontents not writing to the toc file
OK, thanks! Why don't you make this an answer? BTW: I did not issue \tableofcontents because I'm writing a class, and I wanted to program the handling of metadata and writing to the ToC file before implementing the actual table of contents;).
Mar
26
asked \addtocontents not writing to the toc file
Mar
23
comment What would be your minimalistic wish list for new TeX programming primitives?
Good point. I guess the distinction may lie somewhere along "make easy things easy and hard things possible" (though I don't like Perl;)). Some things in programming are hard because they are hard. Trying to make them easy might be cheating by hiding important things from the would-be programmer. Some things, however, are hard because you use the wrong tool. (For instance, I could never understand why I would need the distinctions between expressions and statements and between operators and functions. In my opinion, they are just annoying complications.)
Mar
23
comment What would be your minimalistic wish list for new TeX programming primitives?
Final thought on "quick and dirty hacks": one of my favorites is a saying of my friend (I don't know the original source): "it is built of paper clips and chewing gum". Astonishingly (I'd even say: frighteningly) many human devices (both social and technological) work like this...
Mar
23
comment What would be your minimalistic wish list for new TeX programming primitives?
+1 for CW. Re: ease of programming: I agree to some extent, but: this already happened anyway with TeX, only not wrt programming but typesetting. In general: powerful tools will be abused (nuclear power plants and nuclear bombs, movable type and bad books, the Web and stupid blogs - it's easy to give more and more examples). And I'd argue that anything that makes programming easier is (at least potentially) a powerful tool: think how many people like Mel, a Real Programmer we (as humanity) might have, and even Java suddenly seems something good...
Mar
22
comment What would be your minimalistic wish list for new TeX programming primitives?
Also, I'm curious, why the OP feels that "making programming too easy is not a great idea". (I can imagine a sound argument for that, though not necessarily agree with it, but I'd like to hear the OP's opinion.)
Mar
22
comment What would be your minimalistic wish list for new TeX programming primitives?
I think I don't agree with the closing idea; I like this question, especially that I predict that I could learn something from answers posted by Grand TeX Wizards.
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...