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Showcase of beautiful typography done in TeX & friends

If you were asked to show examples of beautifully typeset documents in TeX & friends, what would you suggest? Preferably documents available online (I'm aware I could go to a bookstore and find ...
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LaTeX Editors/IDEs

What editors/IDEs are available for easing the process of writing TeX/LaTeX documents? Please state some useful features like code completion, spell checking, building final DVI or PDF files, etc. ...
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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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What are all the font styles I can use in math mode?

As can be seen in above picture, there are lots of fonts or font styles that can be used in math mode. What are all the fonts or font styles I can use in math mode, and which packages are required in ...
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What are the available "documentclass" types and their uses?

Some of the available classes of documents in LaTeX are well known and widely used, such as the article and beamer classes, while others are not so well known, such as the standalone class. I found ...
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What packages do people load by default in LaTeX?

I'm getting the impression from reading the answers written by some of the real experts here that there are quite a few little packages that just tweak LaTeX2e's default behaviour a little to make it ...
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How to create posters using LaTeX

I want to create posters for my poster presentation on a conference. What tools or LaTeX classes are available for preparing posters ?
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What are good learning resources for a LaTeX beginner?

Which book (free or otherwise) was the most useful to you when you started learning LaTeX? I am frequently asked this question by friends who want to learn LaTeX, and I recommend the book which got ...
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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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List of available TikZ libraries with a short introduction

Quick links: Summary ❧ Intersections library ❧ Arrow tips library ❧ Decorations libraries ❧ Calc library ❧ Mindmap library ❧ Shapes library ❧ Paper Folding library ❧ Chains library ❧ Shapes ...
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Alternatives to LaTeX

Are there any professional alternatives to TeX/LaTeX which produce equal or even better typesetting? Maybe expensive commercial ones. The software counts if it is comparable or superior to LaTeX (...
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Showcase of beautiful title page done in TeX

The book is mostly meets by the Title Page. Default TeX \maketitle are simple and minimalistic. I'm looking for examples of Title Pages: complex - have different formatting; beautiful and awesome; ...
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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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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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Which tabular packages do which tasks and which packages conflict?

I've read a couple of questions recently about tabular environments, and it seems there's a whole bunch of packages that do stuff in this field. I'd really like a summary of what each package does, ...
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Comprehensive list of tools that simplify the generation of LaTeX tables

Manually hacking tables in LaTeX is one of the less funny things when preparing a document. Naturally, there are quite a few tools that promise to simplify this. In fact, I have somewhat lost track of ...
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Consistent typography

When working with large documents, or even across multiple (smaller) documents, I often find that I forget which typographical consistencies I should stick to. With TeX being inherently consistent in ...
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What is the most bizarre thing you have seen done with TeX

I think the questions says it all! :) By TeX, I mean any derivative of TeX as long as the code is clearly a derivative of TeX, i.e. that it could belong on TeX.SX (and not pure Lua for example). I'...
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Tools for automating document compilation

A lot of people write makefiles that say something like paper.pdf: paper.tex pdflatex paper bibtex paper pdflatex paper pdflatex paper To handle re-running TeX to get ...
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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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What is the status of generating LaTeX from handwriting (i.e., OCR)?

I type fast enough that for most things it's not a pain, but I have a few big stacks of old course notes I'd like in LaTeX which I'm dreading having to go through. So, I'm just wondering what the best ...
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What are the finishing touches you put to a document?

I'm curious about the finishing touches that people put to LaTeX documents. Are there any canonical or special things that people do in finalizing a document? What I do: Careful proofreading of the ...
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What does the draft mode change?

I wonder which changes are made by the draft option? That means what will be changed by calling it as global class option (\documentclass[draft]{<class>}) or locally for a single package if it ...
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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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Cunning (La)TeX tricks

Writing (La)TeX code sometimes requires a degree of guile. Here (in no particular order) are two of my favourite examples. Macros ending with spaces Pete asked how to see the implementation of \...
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Best way to generate nice function plots in LaTeX?

Which is the best way to put function plots into a LaTeX document?
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What professions use TeX/LaTeX besides CS?

TeX and LaTeX are widely used in Computer Science. What other academic disciplines or professionals use it?
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How to send an email with LaTeX

Risking of this question being closed, I'm just wondering if any of your use ---or know--- of any email platform that supports writing in LaTeX. I made a quick search around the site and found this ...
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LaTeX templates for writing a thesis

Aside from CTAN, what are good resources/repositories for Latex templates? In particular, I'm looking for some pretty Thesis templates (I'm familiar with classicthesis)
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What font packages are installed in TeX live?

What font packages are installed in a full installation of TeX live? Which are obsolete? Example: \usepackage{mathpazo} brings Palatino as the roman font. The times package seems to be obsolete (as ...
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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, ...
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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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Best practices references

What resources (online or otherwise) exist that give good advice on best practices for TeX, etc.? I'm looking particularly for things that assume you already know TeX or LaTeX, and aim to help you ...
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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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"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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Packages that need to be included in a specific order

This isn't a real question, so I'm marking it community wiki. When I was new to LaTeX, I thought that the \usepackage command worked much like the #include command of the C language: just put ...
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Most significant reasons that led us to (La)TeX

Looking back, what really convinced you to begin writing with TeX or LaTeX? This question is "community wiki", so there's no reputation to lose or to gain. Please don't write advantages of TeX and ...
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A big list of every keyval package

I lose track of all the different keyval packages. Can we maintain a list here? (Community wiki, one package per answer with a brief description of scope. I've started things off but need help ...
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What ways have you found to get edits from non-LaTeX users?

I sometimes need to get edits to my papers from non-LaTeX users. Do you have any clever methods of collaborating with them (or even other LaTeX users) in a productive way? By this I mean sharing ...
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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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Documents with typical LaTeX errors

I am giving a LaTeX course and have the idea to let the students find and solve problems within a few documents. Basically they shall learn how to create minimal examples and read error messages. ...
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In what ways can TeX be used beyond document production?

Most people use TeX and its many varieties to create printed documents, such as reports, books, flyer's, etc. Occasionally, I have found software that uses TeX markup for other purposes, for e.g., the ...
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What is your favorite Emacs and/or AUCTeX command/trick?

What is your favorite Emacs and/or AUCTeX command/trick? The point here is that I don't know what I don't know. I'm an Emacs and AUCTeX user looking to improve my Emacs & AUCTeX use, especially ...
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Most useful additions in KOMA-Script?

(Background: I'm a beginner who will mostly use LaTeX for university articles and reports, but no math. Also, as I reside in Canada, the German typography conventions, which I understand KOMA-Script ...
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What are other good resources on-line for information about TeX, LaTeX and friends?

Are there newsgroups, forums, FAQs, and other sites that provide quality information on TeX, LaTeX and friends? Are all of these in English, or is there one in "my language of choice"?
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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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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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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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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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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/).