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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.


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comment Make notes next to a piece of text (not margin notes) I'm not sure what they're called (image included)
take a look at rcases; example in this question: Stacking Text Arguments
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comment Make notes next to a piece of text (not margin notes) I'm not sure what they're called (image included)
haven't tested this, but i don't see why you couldn't use a minipage on the right-hand side. then the baselines would line up. (i know there have been answers to similar questions with the brace facing the other direction, but i can't find them.)
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comment LaTeX vs Word; improvements of LaTeX over the years
small oddity on the web page of example 1 -- the "ff" ligatures (in the html text) are italic. (probably wouldn't have noticed it if the word "differential" weren't so prominent.)
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comment LaTeX vs Word; improvements of LaTeX over the years
i believe that earlier computer-to-plate software used postscript, which existed before pdf. before that, tex-to-typesetter, at astonishingly high quality, worked almost from day 1, with no pasteup; from there, a camera was needed, and real negatives.
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reviewed Close Is LaTeX THE best typygraphic software?
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reviewed Close Are tickz and pstricks in conflict?
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comment How to elegantly break long doi field
it seems to me that breaking a doi should be handled like a url, but i don't know biblatex, so can't be any more specific.
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awarded  Good Answer
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answered How do I make 3 columns on a single line in a document?
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comment put figure at the bottom of the FIRST page
@ehsank -- you have to wrap your figure contents in a minipage that is the width of the full page.
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comment put figure at the bottom of the FIRST page
@ehsank -- noted. however, in a two-column page, made with the [twocolumn] option, not with multicol, footnotes are only the width of one column, so if there are no footnotes for the second column, you'd end up with a big blank at the bottom right. that problem surely hasn't been solved yet.
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comment LaTeX vs Word; improvements of LaTeX over the years
@Hobbes -- users can and do deviate. i was once asked by the editor of an ams journal (he also happened to be the ams president at the time) why some articles were so ugly. when i vetted the input, every deviation from "expected" was a "correction" because the author thought he knew better. (the deviations were all in the math and they were really ugly!) one writes and distributes the best, clearest guidelines one can, but many authors are pleased to say that they never read instructions.
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reviewed Close \SplitArgument with underscore
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comment LaTeX vs Word; improvements of LaTeX over the years
@Daniel -- true enough. however, if you keep track of what versions of various packages were used (the ams uses the snapshot package to record that information), and keep an archive of old versions, reprocessing old versions is possible with little hassle. it's too bad that many package writers don't try to enforce backward compatibility. it's essential in a production environment. the minimum requirement is good documentation of incompatible changes.
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awarded  Nice Answer
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comment LaTeX vs Word; improvements of LaTeX over the years
@YiannisLazarides -- thanks. not original. it's not really unusual to see works from the late 1800s -- or even earlier -- cited in contemporary books; less frequently in articles, but not unknown.
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reviewed Edit Escape character in LaTeX
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revised Escape character in LaTeX
added info in the note about the space being gobbled up.
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revised LaTeX vs Word; improvements of LaTeX over the years
corrected spelling in title
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reviewed Close LaTeX/MathJax in Google sites help