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LaTeX vs Word; improvements of LaTeX over the years

When comparing MS Word vs LaTeX the proponents of Word often say that many advantages of LaTeX over Word from say 1997 disappeared over the years as Word evolved to the current 2013 version. For ...
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How can I convert my TeX-illiterate coworkers to LaTeX?

I've been using LaTeX consistently for about two years now and I haven't looked back to my MS Word/PowerPoint/Publisher days since. I'm working at a research institute / university spin-off where the ...
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Visual comparison between LaTeX and Word output (hyphenation, typesetting, ligatures etc)

I really want to convince my friends and family that LaTeX is the choice for them when it comes to formatting and creating beautiful documents. I am aware of the major advantages that come with using ...
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Typesetting before TeX and computers?

I was wondering how did mathematical and scientific books got typeset before TeX? I see lots of papers from the 50's and 60's (on IEEE for example) running more than 20 pages long, with tons of ...
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Which figure type to use: pdf or eps?

Both are vector graphics (typically) and both can be imported painlessly into a pdflatex document (so let's say we ignore dvi for this question). What are the advantages and disadvantages of each? ...
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What are TeX and LaTeX?

I'm surprised no one else has asked this question. It's not explained very well in the FAQ or site descriptions either. I know many of you will think "LMGTFY", "RTFM", or "ask wikipedia", but I'd ...
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How can I introduce a non-technical person to LaTeX?

I have been using LaTeX for about a year now. I don't consider myself an expert at LaTeX but I know my around it enough to get things done. One of my colleagues, whose background is entirely non ...
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Most useful/important (La)TeX commands/environments

A friend of mine asked me why I use LaTeX instead of Word/OpenOffice/LibreOffice etc. (no, this is not going to be a question like 'Word vs. LaTeX') I showed him some of the showcases here on TeX.SE, ...
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Text spirals with TikZ

I just ran across this, and I'm curious about whether it can be replicated in TeX... Ideally one would have the spiral getting tighter and tighter as one got to the centre, as in I know TikZ has the ...
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Does LaTeX really perform worse than Word? [closed]

A new study in PLOS ONE1 concludes that even novice MS Word users perform better than expert LaTeX users in document creation. I have read the article and I feel like I have identified some flaws in ...
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I need to draw the chemical Structural Formula of Bisphenol A [closed]

I need to draw the chemical structure of Bisphenol A as shown on this page: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bisphenol_A.svg I've also found this presentation how to do it: http://www....
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What would you include in a short “What is LaTeX and why should I use it?” presentation

I will give a short coffee lecture (15 minutes) on LaTeX at our institution. Something like: "What is LaTeX and why should I use it? Getting started and avoiding pitfalls." The presentation will ...
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What does TeX do to make text more beautiful? (Answer: four things.)

This original question was: Are fonts rendered more beautifully with LaTeX than with other systems, such as Word? The larger question really is: Beyond overall document layout, what specifically ...
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What options are there to globally format tables also allowing local overrides?

Tables are the final frontier of my documents. So far I have managed to standardized over 20 documents (hundreds of pages) using a single, shared preamble. Issue Abstracting format from content in ...
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Grammar check in TexWork

Is there any good grammar check plugin/program in TexWorks? Or is there any at all? I am looking for English language checker. Or maybe you have any solutions or offer for other options, how to check ...

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