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awarded  Nice Answer
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comment Is there a picture showing all the lengths used in lists?
How many answers are you going to give?
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awarded  Nice Question
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comment A good graphics program?
@Matthew: do you mean this one: tex.stackexchange.com/q/205/86
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comment Is there a picture showing all the lengths used in lists?
Very nice. I'd be interested in seeing the source of that document ...
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comment Is there a picture showing all the lengths used in lists?
@Martin: "What's in a name? That which we call the layouts package, by any other name would be as useful."
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accepted Is there a picture showing all the lengths used in lists?
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comment Is there a picture showing all the lengths used in lists?
And by seeing them all so nicely laid out, I've almost instantly fixed my problem! (I couldn't get the list flush with the left margin, even with setting \leftmargin to 0pt just before the list. Seeing the diagram made it clear that something must be resetting the value of \leftmargin as that is the only length involved. Sure enough, the document class defines a \leftmargini and sets \leftmargin to it.)
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comment Is there a picture showing all the lengths used in lists?
Yet another useful package that I was completely unaware of! That's fantastic, thanks.
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comment How can I draw the outline of a path in tikz?
@EEva: As I've just commented on your answer, complicated isn't always better! And my TikZ/PGF skills have developed considerably by contributing to this site so keep drawing. (And as someone remarked somewhere here, there's no answer so simple that I won't provide a complicated hack as an alternative.)
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comment How can I draw the outline of a path in tikz?
(To make this more flexible, all the parameters should depend on the line width of the main path. I leave that as an exercise!)
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comment How can I draw the outline of a path in tikz?
Indeed, with a postaction it's possible to collapse this quite a lot while keeping the idea of the solution. If you put postaction={draw,color=white,line width=1.5ex,shorten >=.25ex,shorten <=.5ex} on the first path (and remove the second) then you get pretty much the same result and it's much more flexible (though one has to experiment a little to get the right shortenings).
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comment How can I draw the outline of a path in tikz?
Actually, this is a very nice solution. As Matthew says, this is effectively what the double option does. It will only work for certain shapes - where contracting the shape to the centre leaves the right borderline (star-like shapes) but that's most of them! The only refinement I would make would be to use the shorten > and shorten < keys to shorten the lines rather than changing the coordinates explicitly. With only a little work, one could set up a "key" to set all the parameters correctly.
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comment How can I draw the outline of a path in tikz?
@Matthew: That's a feature of the doubled line. If you draw a doubled line using the double feature then sometimes you can see a shadow at the end. What really ought to happen is that the "blanking out" line extends ever so slightly beyond the underlying line to ensure that that doesn't happen (though I can forsee issues with that as well).
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comment How can I draw the outline of a path in tikz?
@Christoph: It is possible to get the "outline of a drawn line" but to do that you have to get at the path between when it is defined and when it is used. The arrows are used straight after they are defined so it isn't possible to interrupt this without some sort of hackery, in which case it is simpler just to define a new arrowhead. (One way to draw the outline would be to use my calligraphy method, but that wouldn't work with the arrows for this very reason.)
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asked Is there a picture showing all the lengths used in lists?
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comment How do you get TeXShop to automatically insert line breaks?
Looking at the manual, you would use the -s flag to ensure that it only split lines. Also you should run it first with the options -p % to break comment lines and preserve the comment character (if you don't have long comment lines, this is unnecessary). Even so, I would re-tex the document after formatting it to ensure that it hasn't changed (doing a diff on the postscript is an easy way to check this - see the documentation on my fmtlatex program for comments on that). I'm still at a loss as to why you would want this, surely it makes a complete mess of the versioning!
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answered How can I draw the outline of a path in tikz?
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comment Successive display of animations in a beamer/tikz environment
@Alexander: don't be sorry! I just wanted to be clear that I can't test this - and I have no intention of installing extra software just to test something that I have no expectation of using myself in the near future. (It looks like a fantastic project, but I wouldn't switch PDF viewers to use it. If jarnal or xournal ever supports it, I may think again.)
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comment How do you get TeXShop to automatically insert line breaks?
@Chris: Did you notice my comment about the fmt program? That inserts the line breaks for you (but I don't know how safe it is with regard to TeX - it might break some stuff in the preamble by inserting line breaks when there shouldn't be any).