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{acronyms} is about formatting acronyms and abbreviations using customized commands or specific packages like acronym or {glossaries}.

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How to combine Acronym and Glossary

I'm using the glossaries package. I have an acronym (e.g., API) that should be explained in the glossary. It should be linked to the glossary at every occurrence, but its first occurrence should be ...
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Macros for common abbreviations

Common abbreviations are surprisingly tricky to format correctly. I'd like some simple macros for them, to be used like so: You should eat more fruit, \eg apples, bananas, oranges, \etc. There are (...
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How to create both list of abbreviations and list of nomenclature using nomencl package?

I have searched for the whole day online, but all the threads indicate only realizing one of the lists by using nomencl package. I want to create both list of abbreviations AND list of nomenclature ...
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Best solution for acronyms, abbreviations, glossary and index

I am writing a scientific text/book which will contain acronyms, which should have a glossary and should also have an index. The question is: which LaTeX setup is best for this? Which are the best ...
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How to abbreviate journal name in citation

I'm writing my research proposal and my supervisor wants me to abbreviate the journal name (and remove part of the month from the publication date). How can I achieve that? Edit: I am using BibTeX ...
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How to pluralize an acronym which ends in 'S' correctly?

When using the acronym package, how can you correctly pluralize an acronym which ends on 'S'? Take the acronym: OS - operating system It should be pluralized as OS's, but is pluralized as OSs when ...
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Are mouse over definitions of acronyms possible?

I have a lot of acronyms in my thesis and I am using the acro package. I would like to know if there is an option to make it possible for the acronyms within the thesis to display a mouse over ...
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Using small caps for abbreviations

I’m using small caps to mark up acronyms. Many style guides recommend this to make the acronyms stand out less among the lower-case letters. However, I didn’t find good advice of what to do with ...
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How can i use the LaTeX acronym package, and optionally create an acronym list in the document?

I write papers, reports, etc., and frequently use the same set of acronyms, so I thought it would be useful to just keep all the acronym definitions in a single file. Seems like the sensible approach ...
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Canonical way to typeset spacing in abbreviations

In a comment to When one should use spacing line \quad or \, Herbert claims that e.\,g. is the canonical way to typeset spacing in abbreviations (this is not about spacing before or after ...
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Is is possible to not abbreviate the author name of only one reference in my bibliography?

I am using the IEEEtran.bst file for my bibliography (as follows): \bibliographystyle{IEEEtran} \bibliography{IEEEabrv,biblio} and it works as desired in all but one case. I have one entry where the ...
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Is it possible to define an acronym-command which behaves differently on the first invocation than on the rest?

Most technical writers will immediately see how I'd like to use this. I'm writing a paper about something I'll call That Which Will Be Abbreviated (TWWBA). I'd like to have a macro, \TWWBA{}, that ...
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Acronym package: Full name after each section / chapter

I'm using the acronym package to produce a list of abbreviations and acronyms. Now, I want that the full name is printed after every new section and/or chapter. For example: \acro{PC}{Personal ...
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custom plural for the short form of an acronym using glossaries

I'm using glossaries and would like to use a custom short form plural (it should be the same as the short form singular). I've tried using \glsshortpluralkey, but this only affects how the short form ...
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List of mathematical notation / abbreviations

In my article, I would like to create a section "Mathematical Notation" that lists all the arcane mathematical symbols I'm using. This is similar to an index or a list of figures. An example of what ...
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How to render individual acronyms in lower case when used inline, but mixed case in the list of acronyms?

I would like to output acronyms with the first letter of a word in upper case when they are printed to the list of acronyms. However, it certain cases I would like to print the written out form in ...
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How to define a command that bolds the first letter of each word in the input argument?

I want to define a command that takes a sentence, a word or several words as input and bolds the first letter of each word. I need this mostly for abbreviations and so far I have done it manually in ...
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Capitalising the first letter of an acronym?

I'm using the acronym package in my document and in several instances I want to start a sentence with the expanded acronym. Is there any way of telling the package to capitalise the first letter? For ...
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Short titles, Journal abbreviations, etc. in biblatex

I've been making the switch toward using biblatex-chicago to replace an old .bst (now out-dated), but I'm still confused as to how biblatex handles short-forms and abbreviations. For example, when I ...
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Why does the compiler keeps telling me (forever) to rerun because labels have changed?

I have a LaTeX paper (multifile setup, using \input{} statements) that , since a few days ago, keeps telling me at each compile (both with pdflatex or latex): LaTeX Warning: Label(s) may have changed....
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How do I prevent TeX from hyphenating acronyms?

Upper-case words look awkward when hyphenated. How do I suppress this behavior?
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Biblatex: Abbreviating authoring organisations in citations

In my manuscript (apa6) I'm citing a report by the World Health Organisation. The .bib-file entry looks like this: @techreport{WHO_2001, Author = {World Health Organization}, Address = {Genf, ...
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How can I align the full names in a list of acronyms?

I am using latex to write my thesis report and would like to generate list of abbreviation for same. I use the acrnonyms package to generate it. Following is my minimal code: \documentclass[a4paper,...
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printglossary makes abbreviations ending with periods

I use the glossaries package for my glossary and some acronyms: \usepackage{datatool} \usepackage[ngerman]{translator} \usepackage[nonumberlist,acronym,toc,section]{glossaries} \makeglossaries ... /...
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How to print all the acronyms?

In my figures I used some acronyms (i.e. embedded in the figures, not readable by LaTeX). I included all the acronyms in a file. LaTeX only printed the acronyms appeared in the text, and ignored other ...
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Extract first letter of each word, also after a special character like a dash

This question based on this answer. Found letter missing when it occurs next to dash, as per the below MWE: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{readarray} \usepackage{ifthen} \newcounter{index}\...
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How to escape ampersand in \acro command?

I am trying to use the acronym package to create an acronym list. The problem is that one of the acronyms I need to use contains an ampersand ('&'). But when I try to compile the .tex file I get ...
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Can small-caps be automated for abbreviations and acronyms?

Is there a way to force LaTeX to automatically use small-caps for abbreviations and acronyms (or more specifically, strings of two or more uppercase letters)?
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Expand abbreviation automatically at beginning of line

According to an tradition in Spanish typesetting (Martinez de Sousa, MELE4), the abbreviation etc. should be fully expanded to etcétera when it appears at the beginning of the line (Spanish page in ...
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Glossaries: Hyperlink to First Entry not List of Acronyms

Is it possible to direct the hyperlink created by \gls{term} to the first use of the term in the main text instead of the glossary list? I'm writing a thesis that uses a lot of abbreviations, but I ...
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Do not display one special acronym in list of acronyms

In my document I use several acronyms which I do not wish to be displayed in the list of acronyms. This solution using the acronym-package unfortunately doesn't work as it clashes with my use of the ...
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Proper indentation in acronym package

I am using the acronym package in the thesis. This is the first time I am using this so don't know much. But I did something like this. \begin{acronym} \acro{2G}{2nd Generation} \acro{3GPP}{3rd ...
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Best package for developing a List of Abbreviations

I'm in the process of writing a long document and need a List of abbreviations. I've been reading the LaTeX wiki book about this and have had a play with the packages nomencl and glossaries. What ...
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Managing acronyms with a macro that preserves the full name

I use the acronym package to create and manage acronyms in my document, e.g.: \newacro{css}[CSS]{Cascading Style Sheets} Can you use \ac{css}? However, sometimes I must add typesetting to documents ...
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How to change the font for biblatex acronyms

I have a bibliography in biblatex and I want to use different fonts than Computer Modern, namely Lato & Bitstream Charter. Here is a minimal example: \documentclass{article} \usepackage[T1]{...
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Acronyms in section names with classic thesis

I have troubles using acronym package with classicthesis package when I put an acronym in a section name. The least reproducible example I could come up with is this: \documentclass{scrreprt} % If I ...
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Any elegant way to tell LaTeX that a line break after an abbreviation is bad but not impossible?

LaTeX manuals are full of examples such as Fig.~5 or Thm.~10. The tilde prohibits a line break after the abbreviation completely, to make sure that the reader doesn't see a period at the end of a ...
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acronym package: don't write acronym if single occurence

I use the acronym package for managing acronyms. There is one option I am missing (couldn't find it in the manual): that is, suppressing the abbreviated form if the acronym occurs only once throughout ...
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Can I make an "abbreviation expansion" in PDF visible?

(I hope this is at least marginally on topic) When I use the <abbr> tag in HTML, the abbreviation and its expansion are marked by the browser: But if I mark an abbreviation and its expansion ...
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Calling acro first use when plural is producing an 's' in the short definition that is wrong

I have an acro first use that must be plural, but I am getting an erroneous "s" when I shouldn't be. I'm getting (sIMFs) when it should be (IMFs). See picture and code below. The problem only occurs ...
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glossaries: don't print single occurences

Similiar to acronym package: don't write acronym if single occurence i'd like to avoid listing acronyms that i only used once with the glossaries package. The answer to this question Ignoring an ...
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Acronym hyperlink without special color

I use the acronym package for managing acronyms. I would like to show the acronym hyperlink without special colors or borders, just as plain text. Is there a way to do this?
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How to get abbreviations of the bibliography into the list of shorthands?

I wish to build a list of shorthands that also contains abbreviations used inside the bibliography (I am especially thinking of the shortjournal-field). Consider the following example: \...
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Short form when acronym is first used in table

I am referencing a table containing an acronym entry that has not been mentioned in the text before. I would like to print the acronym short form in the table (the acronym is used multiple times in ...
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Simple list of abbreviations manually

I have written my whole document without using any packages like nomencl or acronym because it wasn't necessary in my case, that means I only have a few abbreviations which should fit on one page ...
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Title case an acronym

Sometimes in my document I wish to use an acronym. Sometimes I want the acronym to appear in title case (for example if it appears in a title).* *I need this to work in all environments, not ...
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What is a good way to typeset dot-separated acronyms?

I am trying to find a good appearance for typesetting "C.A.T.A.P.U.L.T.". When I type it as is, it appears to me that P.U.L. are bunched up together while the other letters are well apart. Perhaps ...
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How to print acronyms of glossaries into a table?

for now I am using a tabularx table to print acronyms manually. But I want to use the style of my table with glossaries and acronyms: \printglossary[type=\acronymtype,style=mystyle] The table so far: ...
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How to change the color of the short version of the acronym in the list of acronym

I use the Acronym package. In the printed list of acronym (usually put at the beginning of the document) there is the short version of the acronym (in bold font) and after the full name of the acronym ...
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Nomenclature, acronym or glossary?

This isn't a technical or LaTeX code question, but more of a "what should I be using for X?" question. I am writing up my PhD. It is an Engineering PhD and I have mostly abbreviations (i.e. ...

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