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Questions tagged [big-list]

Questions asking for a list of alternatives with no definitive answer.

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What research papers exist about TeX and friends?

Some time ago there was a question on this site Are there any open research problems in the world of TeX? In a similar spirit, I'd like to ask, whether there are any research articles out there in ...
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All the standard ways (commands-packages) of changes in the font in LaTeX

Edit: After @samcarter's comment with the existing list on CTAN I updated my question to make it useful: What are the possible commands-packages that will change the font globally or locally? The ...
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How do I find out which Linux package contains which (La)TeX package?

I'm using (La)TeX as installed by my Linux/Unix distribution. I've come across a package that I don't have installed. How do I find out which Linux/Unix package contains that (La)TeX package? Notes:...
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Beautiful random graphs [duplicate]

Are their any examples of beautiful random graphs like \documentclass{article} \usepackage{pgfplots} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} \begin{axis}[ybar] \addplot+[samples at={0,...,10}]{rnd};...
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Techniques to reduce the number of pages in a compiled PDF

Which techniques to exist to reduce the number of pages of compiled LaTeX document? I am thinking specifically of any kind of hacks that make LaTex arrange the content in a manner that helps reduce ...
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“The duck pond”: showcase of TikZ-drawn animals/ducks

We have tons of nice TikZ-drawn pictures on this site. Among them some great pictures of animals like cfr's cat code. But they are distributed all over the site. As we definitely miss a place to ...
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All uses of LaTeX (I never use LaTeX except for …)

I am designing a comical T-shirt about LaTeX and I would like it to boast about all the purposes that one can use LaTeX for. I started with I never use LaTEX except for typesetting documents. and ...
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Request: LaTeX packages supported by knitr+RStudio [closed]

Question: Is there a list anywhere of R packages which work with knitr+RStudio? (Note: I already changed RStudio's defaults to use xeLaTeX and knitr instead of PDFLaTeX and Sweave, since my default ...
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What non-default Shapepar shapes are freely available? [closed]

The shapeparpackage comes with only a few templates for paragraph shapes. Looking around the internet, I was unable to find many additional shapepar creations. As creating shapes in the package can ...
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Why should one use tlmgr?

To my surprise, I haven't found a question related on this in the search. There are several possibilities for how one can install packages. For me the best way for installing additional packages in ...
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web based solution for create plot from LaTeX

We know there are some solutions for rendering LaTeX mathematical content on the web, for example MathJax. Is there a similar (free) way to create plot for mathematical formula which is written as ...
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Seasonal Challenge (Contributions from TeXing Dead Welcome)

This question led to a new package: halloweenmath Update - 9th November, 2016 Many thanks to all the fantastic and imaginative answers! In a reflection of today's events, the winner ...
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Packages for string diagrams

What TeX packages exist specifically for drawing string diagrams, e.g. like these: (or with similar styles)?
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List of Symbols and Abbreviations with location [duplicate]

I have a list of symbols and abbreviations. Please see my code below, at the end of this question. This code works, but I would like to have my symbols/abbreviations with a LOCATION. By this I mean, ...
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Showcase of beautiful invitations in TeX

I'm interested in using TeX and friends to produce beautifully typeset invitations (for parties, weddings, and especially thesis defences). I understand that there is a package gcard for making ...
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TikZ: Easy drawing of cuboids

As a teacher, I regularly have to include cuboids in my documents, so I was looking for a way to make this as easy as possible while still keeping maximal flexibility.
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Which LaTeX classes are most widely used for scholarly articles? [closed]

Which LaTeX classes for articles are widely used for preprints (e.g., ArXiv) or journal submissions? To avoid a huge list of class files, only include publisher's properietary class if they are used ...
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Showcase of beautiful section styles combinations

Working with all kinds books, I often need inspiration for a set of sectioning styles that are coherent, logical and aesthetically appealing. Well-known examples include Edward Tufte and the style ...
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Are there any packages for knitting? [closed]

So I showed my girlfriend the braids package, and she asked if their are any packages for knitting patterns. I couldn't find any on ctan with a quick search, so I thought I'd ask here. Are their any ...
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Where can we find a list of all available bibtex entries (and the available fields for each of them)?

Would be very useful if we have a list of all avaiable bibtext entries with all possible fields for each of them. Something like this one: @book{alias, author = "Complete Author Name", title ...
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CV with Latex: is a beautiful design really possible? [closed]

I make my CV with Latex and a french sty file for years now, nothing fancy to be honest. Looking for some inspiration, I found some astonishing examples of CV online, and I've seen on the other ...
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List of books written in LaTeX with the source available

Is there a list of open source LaTeX books? I've only found these books (the link points to a web archive), but I want to know if there is a list with more diversity as this has only mathematical ...
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Showcase of surprising possibilities with TeX [duplicate]

LaTeX is more or less built to typeset books, particularly (but not exclusively) scientific literature. It is less obvious that LaTeX is also extremely good at producing Songbooks Play scripts Chess ...
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I'm supposed to load some packages BEFORE the document class?

So I was reading Fixing LaTeX2e and it has several examples of the form \RequirePackage{fixltx2e} \documentclass... What? I thought documentclass always went right at the top. Are there other ...
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Showcase of “programming your document” paradigm

A feature of latex is that you can "program your document". You can do this by using TeX/LaTeX directly (remember that it is Turing complete) or by other languages like lua or python (especially sage) ...
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How to customise the title page of a professional writing with logo?

Title page customising is a repeating activity: whether writing thesis, a company report or something else. I am trying to gather here material suggested in chat and that I found so they do not get ...
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Showcase of beautiful presentations in Beamer [closed]

I would like to know to what extent Beamer can produce professional presentations. The following following are the requirements : The contribution must be a TeX solution to this question. Usage of ...
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List of Symbols in LaTeX [duplicate]

What are the list of symbols found in LaTeX for letters similar to these: For Mobile Phone - `\mphone` For Phone - `\phone` What are the other symbols available like for email, home, etc..
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What are the ways to position things absolutely on the page?

I know that there is tikz, but also eso-pic and textpos. I'd like to see a list of possible ways (not necessarily packages) for absolute positioning of things (which I believe amounts to "boxes") on ...
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Accessible TeX/LaTeX textbooks, primers, and materials?

I apologize, as this is a somewhat off-the-beaten-trail question. I'm looking for textbooks (or other educational materials) on TeX and LaTeX that fulfill one or more of the following: Reads/renders ...
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Using KOMA-Script packages with other classes

When speaking of KOMA-Script most people will refer to its classes scrbook, scrreprt, scrartcl and perhaps scrlttr2. But not everyone will know, that part of the bundle are also some packages, that ...
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How to iterate over a comma separated list?

How can I iterate, loop, process, or otherwise do something, with each element from a comma separated list of things? This question has been asked perhaps many many times, and the are already lots of ...
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Nice scientific pictures show off

Task Show off your best scientific illustration ! The main purpose of this question is to share beautiful scientific pictures, preferably with an educational aspect. Content Your post must ...
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Biblatex with Biber: Configuring my editor to avoid undefined citations

Running the minimal example \documentclass{article} \usepackage{filecontents} \begin{filecontents*}{\jobname.bib} @ARTICLE{example, author = {Other, Anthony Norman}, title = {Some things I did}...
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List of all modules in ConTeXt

Is there a comprehensive updated list of modules currently maintained? The ConTeXt wiki page for modules provides some but I am not sure if it is updated and which ones would be obsolete. It would be ...
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Which publishers use TeX and friends for a significant proportion of their published books?

Which publishers use TeX and derivatives (LaTeX, ConTeXt, and friends) for a significant proportion of their published books? Note that I am not asking about journals. I'll leave the interpretation ...
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What are the LaTeX book classes? [closed]

From time to time there are requests for a list of "all" LaTex book classes. Is there a comprehensive list of all of them? Here is a list of book classes: book bookest extbook memoir scrbook octavo ...
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What are the most common mistakes that beginners of (La)TeX and Friends make?

I want to collect the most common mistakes, misconceptions, pitfalls, etc that (La)TeX and Friends users make. Please one answer for each mistake, misconception, pitfall, etc. I am only interested in ...
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Showcase of fonts that looks great together [closed]

There is LaTeX font catalogue available here. But there only the list of fonts, no comparison and recommendation of fonts, to use together. The list of fonts pairs: for text (many sans fonts have ...
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Showcase of beautiful wine bottle labels made with LaTeX/TikZ and friends

Did anybody design wine bottle labels for self made wine with Latex/TikZ/PSTricks? I'm interested in unusual designs (like the nice label for Barnstorming Bitter at http://www.tug.org/texshowcase/).
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What was your very first complete document done with TeX/LaTeX & friends? [closed]

Recently I looked up my first ever document done with LaTeX, and as strange and crazy as it may seems, it was my first thesis (wrote in only two weeks). It all turned out well as I did a very good ...
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Showcase of optical illusions made with TeX/LaTeX/LuaTeX/ConTeXt

Optical illusions are fun, so I thought it would be a good idea to have a list of optical illusions designed using MetaPost, or PGF/TikZ, or PS-Tricks, or Asymptote. Each entry should display one ...
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Resources for PSTricks examples

What resources for PSTricks examples do you know? Please feel free to add nice work of your own here as well! Background: I am constantly looking for PSTricks examples to get ideas how to solve my ...
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Are there any open research problems in the world of TeX?

For a year-long capstone project in computer science, I have to do some 'original research.' I'm still not entirely sure what this entails, but it just struck me that perhaps I can do research and ...
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Please, don't do that! [closed]

We often think that changing this or that will improve the layout or readability of a page or entire document, but sometimes we shouldn't. Which typographical choices does LaTeX make that we shouldn't ...
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non-invasive kerning/spacing modification: what options are there?

Once in a while, you may want to (1) adjust or create a kerning pair (or, better yet, kerning class) in a font, or (2) adjust a particular glyph's sidebearings. examples of scenario (1) would include ...
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Opaque error messages given by common environments

This is a public-interest question. The title of the question Why does this error keep popping up even though I clearly fixed it? poignantly expresses a fundamental truth of LaTeX usage: sometimes ...
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What non-free books are available and recommended?

Once convinced, for example by this answer, that I should buy a book on (La)TeX and friends, its is time to decide which one... This big list misses some ranking, and make it hard to choose. This ...
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Beautiful table samples

I'm interested in learning about some nice-looking table samples. Colors can make a huge difference, and just providing some color to headers, background, or borders can dramatically change ...
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Beautiful presentations done with TeX and related systems

I recently had to persuade a fellow student that you can create beautiful presentations with LaTeX and beamer. Luckily, I already had some examples. But I'm sure that there are better presentations, ...