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I've been just reading through this Latex wikibook and I spotted they advocate use of \subfloat in figures. I've always used \subfigure.
What is the difference?

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\subfigure belongs to the obsolete package with the name subfigure. It's still supported in the newer subfig package because of backward compatibility. I recommend to use \subfloat.

subfig should be preferref to subfigure, that's why the command \subfigure is not needed. Though it's available if you load the configuration altsf.cfg. It defines simply

\@ifundefined{c@subfigure}{\newsubfloat{figure}}{}
\def\subfigure{\subfloat}
\@ifundefined{c@subtable}{\newsubfloat{table}}{}
\def\subtable{\subfloat}

and further options for captions.

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  • I remember seeing some discussion about subfigure not being obsolete and subfig no maintainer. Anyone has further details on this?
    – Leo Liu
    Commented Aug 18, 2010 at 18:17
  • Vafa Khalighi is the new mainainer of subfig.
    – Stefan Kottwitz
    Commented Aug 18, 2010 at 18:52
  • @Leo: From the abstract of the subfig documentation: "The subfig package ... replaces the older subfigure package."
    – TH.
    Commented Feb 28, 2011 at 18:18
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Note that you might prefer subfig to subfloat if wanting to use tocloft (*) to configure your TOC, LOF and LOT look and feel.

In which case, for example,

\@ifpackageloaded{subfig}
  {\usepackage[subfigure,...]{tocloft}}
  {\usepackage[...]{tocloft}}
\renewcommand{\cftchappresnum}{...}
...
\@ifpackageloaded{subfig}{\renewcommand{\cftsubfigpresnum}{...}}{}
...
\renewcommand{\cftchappagefont}{...}
...
\@ifpackageloaded{subfig}{\renewcommand{\cftsubfigpagefont}{...}}{}

(*) I'm sure tocloft's Current Maintainer could provide the canonicals should anyone want to ask.

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  • Err, just because I'm the maintainer doesn't mean I always know stuff like this :) I took over the package for continuity, not because I know its internals inside out! Commented Aug 20, 2010 at 15:41
  • Ha ha, Will, I know you're cleverer by far! :)) Commented Aug 20, 2010 at 21:32

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