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mcgafter noun

A makeshift instrument or tool (mechanical, electronic or otherwise) whereby one may gaff (poke, hook, hack) something to achieve the desired result. Works better when it gets attached to a mcgoerie*. Very common worldwide especially in parts of Africa where it has been known to be the tool of choice of even high level government officials for all governmental problems.


mcgoerie noun

A well designed tool similar in shape and function to a mcgafter* yet completely different in it's purpose. May also be used on it's own. Uses of this instrument are very rare and appears to only occur in the countries of Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and South Africa, as well as where former residents of those countries have dispersed abroad.


Dec
4
comment Avoid hyphenation ladder effect
@LaRiFaRi I don't know what it does but the effect is that it probably mess about with the kerning etc. so that the following line after your preset amount of hyphenated lines, are not hyphenated. It does not necessarily always look well spaced out, but you at least don't get a 'ladder' effect going for six or seven lines. serif.com/appresources/PPX6/Tutorials/en-gb/help/…
Dec
4
comment Avoid hyphenation ladder effect
@LaRiFaRi I'll accept your answer down below, since I know it's a difficult problem, but I thought it has been addressed in the past perhaps. My other typesetting software like Serif Page Plus can be set to allow only a certain amount of hyphenated lines directly after each other. Anyway your solution is the quickest and cleanest to implement in my script. So thanks.
Dec
4
comment Avoid hyphenation ladder effect
@Mico That was just an example to show the ladder effect. Not an actual case produced by my code. So I was just asking for a very broad general solution.
Dec
3
comment Avoid hyphenation ladder effect
The idea is to allow hyphens, but to reduce them to 3 subsequent ones at the most.
Sep
19
comment Page Numbering: Prime Numbers
For an added bonus why not do it in Mersenne Primes...? It might get tricky if your book is longer than 48 pages... :)
Aug
4
comment How to use Latex in MS Word
possible duplicate of How to use "LaTeX in Word"?
May
27
comment How to have a precise control on the size of each page?
+1 for an awesome kind of question.
Mar
31
comment Commenting out large sections
I'm sorry to say, but I saw a bug in your code! :)
Feb
28
comment TeX family tree with timeline?
I was actually looking for drawing these kinds of graphics in TeX. So don't bother then. Thanks anyway. (I just think that you need to put some of the high-scoring people on TeX.SX on that diagram as well. They are almost a TeX distribution themselves...)
Feb
27
comment TeX family tree with timeline?
Nice. Is making your source code available an option if this is done in TeX?
Feb
10
comment Nice scientific pictures show off
Hey, where did you get that picture of my brother?
Jan
20
comment What's new in TeX, version 3.14159265?
I believe it can print out beautiful Pi documents...!?
Dec
18
comment Why are default LaTeX margins so big?
It is to avoid a similar situation to Fermat's Last Theorem, whereby we'd be bereft of a wonderful academic proof for decades simply because the margin was too small in some smart guy's book. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermat's_Last_Theorem
Dec
4
comment How can I execute some code at each occurence of an EOL character in a listing?
It means unfruitful. collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/infructuous
Dec
4
comment How can I execute some code at each occurence of an EOL character in a listing?
+1 for teaching us new words: infructuous - which is not even in my iMac's dictionary...
Sep
4
comment Making polyglossia and zref-savepos or pdfsavepos work together
Thanks I've figured out the pattern of it now and what's happening.
Sep
4
comment Making polyglossia and zref-savepos or pdfsavepos work together
Thanks I've figured out the pattern of it now and what's happening.
Sep
4
comment Making polyglossia and zref-savepos or pdfsavepos work together
@UlrikeFischer I'm not sure I understand your reference to \label/\ref but each y-pos "42747166" gets associated to a unique ID "40001001", but if they get "swapped around" then it is of no use when I parse them on the next run.
Sep
4
comment Making polyglossia and zref-savepos or pdfsavepos work together
@UlrikeFischer It is a bit strange though that it is messing about with the first set of numbers while leaving the actual y-pos values in their correct place. Is there a way of easily rectifying this? Otherwise I'll have to externally split the two sets then sort the values and then put them back together again, I guess.
Sep
4
comment Making polyglossia and zref-savepos or pdfsavepos work together
It is a bit strange though that it is messing about with the first set of numbers while leaving the actual y-pos values in their correct place. Is there a way of easily rectifying this? Otherwise I'll have to externally split the two sets then sort the values and then put them back together again, I guess.