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staff specialist, composition systems, American Mathematical Society, Providence, RI

maintainer of AMS-LaTeX, AMS-TeX, and AMSFonts bug/request lists, at tech-support@ams.org

TeX Users Group, founding board member; editor, TUGboat

TeX entomologist (bug collector) for Donald Knuth's Computers & Typesetting

symbol collector for the STIX project, and conduit to Unicode for math symbols

NOTE: answers to questions will be posted in lowercase unless i am answering in an official capacity for my employer. The reasons are given in the last item in an interview on the TeX Users Group web site.


14h
comment Is there any way to make formulae look like handwriting?
the "euler cursive" font (included in the amsfonts collection) was designed to emulate writing on a blackboard, but it contains only letters and digits. (and, of course, hermann zapf's handwriting is much more elegant than that of most of the professors i had classes with.) maybe another place to start.
21h
comment Including a Theorem in a section heading
if all of your studys are used as section headings, and if you are using amsthm you can use \swapnumbers and use [section] as the controlling counter: \swapnumbers \newtheorem[section]{study}{Study}. or if only some of them are at the section level, you could define a second version, say secstudy and tinker with counters to keep them in synch.
21h
comment Is there a way to get at the value of \prevdepth from the main vertical list inside the output routine?
i'm sure he wouldn't have changed anything, but he might have made a suggestion. looking forward to the article -- thanks for the heads up.
21h
comment Do typeset output files count as “software” with respect to licensing?
@cfr -- i'm curious about the ams request for attribution. i think this may have been on an old (1980s) release of something, when tex had not yet gained a secure foothold. the current stance is that the lppl conditions apply, although the actual statement of license may not yet have changed in some files. (official wheels grind slowly ...)
21h
comment Is there a way to get at the value of \prevdepth from the main vertical list inside the output routine?
too bad you didn't pose this question a year ago, when it could have been sent to don as part of his scheduled cleanup.
21h
revised Is there a way to get at the value of \prevdepth from the main vertical list inside the output routine?
tidied up the english
21h
comment Equal horizontal margins in memoir and article class - not equal if you get out the ruler
i did first check with a ruler, actually with a finer point scale, and the margins are definitely identical. that's why i tried rotating one of the pages -- still face up -- so that one page top was aligned with the other page bottom, and the left margin of one page was on top of the other's right margin. on a light table, that will show even the tiniest discrepancy, and there was none. we are still using tex live 2012, so a later version might possibly have a different result. one more question -- do your printers default to letter-size paper or a4? (letter is our standard.)
1d
comment How to get “XeLaTeX + unicode-math” output as close as possible to that of pdflatex?
@egreg -- i agree with that opinion, but was unable to persuade the unicode folks that the "variation selector 1" (or "VS1" = FE00) should be assigned for that purpose. (the symbols to which VS1 has been assigned are described in unicode technical report 25, "unicode support for mathematics", in table 2.9, p.28.) i guess i'll try again.
1d
comment “Environment subfigure undefined” on journal submission
to add to egreg's comment, since graphicx loads graphics, the latter is also unnecessary.
1d
comment In math mode, I have access to \veebar, but not \barvee? Why?
answering just the reason why: because nobody had asked for it when the amsfonts were constructed. math symbology is an expanding universe.
1d
comment Equal horizontal margins in memoir and article class - not equal if you get out the ruler
here's a "minority report". i processed the article version to a .dvi file, distilled that with acrobat, and printed it. i took page 1, rotated it 180 degrees, and overlaid it on page 2 on a light table. the margins on both sides are identical. i repeated this process (omitting geometry} using amsart, which automatically centers pages on letter paper, and got identical margins. finally, i reprocessed the article version with pdflatex, and again, got an identical result. when you printed your test, were you using the same printer as the person who called this to your attention?
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comment How to get “XeLaTeX + unicode-math” output as close as possible to that of pdflatex?
@egreg -- if the question hasn't been asked yet whether there is code to display all symbols in a math font, i'm willing to ask it. the news that latin modern has elided \emptyset and \varnothing is very upsetting to me -- i had a long argument with the unicode folks (which i lost) about whether these were different, or at least different enough to be recognized as legitimate variants. so i need to do some more research to find out whether such "merges" would affect ams publications.
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comment Why does a TeX point differ from a Desktop Publishing point?
@Aradnix -- please don't be ashamed of your command of english. unless you learn a language as a child by talking to native speakers, it's a tough job mastering the nuances. my command of several languages other than english is good enough to read simple text, get a good meal in a restaurant, and say "thank you", but i will never achieve native fluency. (i am grateful that english is so well established in so many places that communication is actually possible.)
1d
comment Create a PDF file with embedded fonts with pdflatex to be edited in Adobe Acrobat Pro
@cfr -- if the file is to be shared, won't using latin modern still be susceptible to problems on systems other than the originator's where that font isn't resident? seems to me that this will be reliable only if the font is one of the common minimum complement of fonts supplied for "all" common systems.
1d
comment Why does a TeX point differ from a Desktop Publishing point?
@Aradnix -- nice summary. i've given it a "tugboat" level editorial reading, and tidied up the english (and a few factual details) accordingly. hope you don't mind.
1d
revised Why does a TeX point differ from a Desktop Publishing point?
tidied up the english (after a "tugboat" editorial reading)
1d
comment lof alphabetically sorted
you might consider treating this as an index. imakeidx has some very nice capabilities. if you can accept having the list placed at the end of the document, you can take advantage of the fact that only one latex pass would be needed to accomplish the compilation and sorting; if the list must be at the beginning, then the [original] option would be needed, and the sorting step would be done separately. imakeidx indexes are normally two columns; i haven't researched what would be necessary to make them single column and reformat the contents to look like a toc.
1d
comment Is there a good reason for lstlistings code to look so ugly by default?
@Fritz -- you're correct, and thanks for calling me on it. what i see, now that i look more closely, is that the input is parsed into words, a horizontal space is allotted for each word (that appears ultimately to equate to the space needed for presentation of the monospace form), and within that space the word is letterspaced evenly. you're quite correct -- the two lines in the example you show don't have letter-by-letter alignment.
2d
comment How do I make \dots more compact? Or are there alternatives?
you might add some text following the dots. the appearance of the dots in relation to what follows is also important.
2d
comment Is there a good reason for lstlistings code to look so ugly by default?
@Fritz -- as i see it, listings is trying to make letters in a proportional font align so that a code listing will have reliable columnar alignment; this can be important in viewing code that is supposed to be aligned from line to line where horizontal position matters. (but it does look unattractive, and i personally prefer a reasonably designed monospace font for the purpose.)