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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.


Apr
2
accepted Does etoolbox's \ifboolexpr use lazy evaluation?
Apr
2
comment “Undefined control sequence” on auto-generated tex files
You should really use pdflatex. What TeX distribution do you have? How did you install it? It should be in the same place as pdftex...
Apr
2
asked Does etoolbox's \ifboolexpr use lazy evaluation?
Mar
31
comment How to use concrete fonts?
thanks. Of course, if I use memoir, I'll look into its docs;).
Mar
31
comment How to use concrete fonts?
Ha! I guess that I've just lost the right to ask anyone having LaTeX problems "Did you look at the log file?" ;)
Mar
31
comment How to use concrete fonts?
Thanks! I decided to accept @pst's answer below because it's more "lightweight", and addresses a more general issue - even though I may use your suggestion instead.
Mar
31
accepted How to use concrete fonts?
Mar
31
comment How to use concrete fonts?
@fpast: I had the LaTeX Companion once in my hands, for some 3 minutes... And I forgot (again...) about the boldness of section titles.
Mar
31
comment How to use concrete fonts?
Ah, thanks! I forgot that \sections are not only \large, but also \bfseries...
Mar
31
asked How to use concrete fonts?
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...