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Changing custom Bibstyle entry for misc (website)

I have a custom bibliographystyle .bst file that has been handed down to me, but it isn't formatting an entry for a website as I would like. Currently, the bibtex entry looks like @misc{Stotler, ...
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Environment to create style of git diff [duplicate]

I would like to recreate the style of github diff, something like this: Exist a package with can recreate this or how can it is possible to recreate? Something that it is possible to combine with the ...
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How would you go about writing a Latex compiler?

I'm writing a Latex to text converter, i.e. its takes an input of latex code and outputs readable text, which will then be read aloud automatically by a computer. When both parts are connected it's a ...
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Whats the use and worth of Latex? [duplicate]

I'm sorry but ive been busy with Latex for maybe 10 hours or so, I have yet to find the use of it. I can do the same in Word in half an hour. This take so much time, and costs everyone time and money. ...
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Table of contents page's number doesnt match the numbering style when i use foreign language "arabic"

I'm doing my master thesis in LaTex and I use the following code. I face a problem with the Table of Contents, in that its page numbering is arabic. I tried to switch it with List of Figures , but I ...
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new installation thinks it is 2018

I installed current TexLive afresh on a new HD under Devuan beowulf. The file I've been working on has \usepackage{siunitx) in preamble, but after with the re-installation when I run latex on it under ...
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Strange behavior when using \f@size in an argument [closed]

I spotted this behaviour when pasting InkScape-generated LaTeX source directly into a LaTeX document. This source includes among other definitions the TeX command \f@size, surrounded by \makeatletter ...
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`LaTeX` documentation and reference guide [duplicate]

Is there anything such as LaTeX documentation? When I am looking for some syntax on google, I only get to forums, but never a site with actual documentation, such as when looking for the meaning of \...
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How do I construct this kinetic diagram within LaTeX?

I am interested in trying to code the diagram as shown in the attached picture. So far, I can only code something like this: \begin{equation} S_0 \overset{2\alpha}{\underset{\beta}{\...
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How do I display things above and below an arrow?

Really tried to code this one on my own, but I have no luck in doing so so far! I can do everything in this problem, except the alpha and beta above and beneath the arrows. I believe that alpha is a ...
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Is there good documentation of TeX, eTeX, pdfTeX, XeTeX and/or LuaTeX primitives?

I mean something like this: TeX - Wikibooks I found it looking up documentation for \if. I didn't expect to find it to be a WikiBook. Open the link, scroll down to "TeX Primitives" and click ìf ...
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Example of "babel-\bbl@format.cfg" i.e. "babel-*.cfg"? Typical content? Where do I have to store "babel-latex.cfg" so "kpsewhich" can find it?

An e-TeX generated with Jim Fowler's WEB/TeX Pascal to WebAssembly Compiler web2js should dump a LaTeX format from latex.ltx and stumbles over the babel-latex.cfg, see ShreevatsaR's instructions to ...
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How to change table of content layout for a pdf document created from a web source file?

weave tex.web pdftex tex.tex generates a pdf as follows with a table of content and a document body: Pay attention: The table of content is below the document! I want the table of content ...
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Why is LaTeX pronounced "Lay-Tek"? [duplicate]

My friend who recently introduced me to LaTeX always pronounced it "Lay-Tek". Is he wrong? assuming he isn't why is LaTeX pronounced this way when it clearly has nothing to with the X at the end?
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Is there a way to create a "function" that generates LaTeX code based on the parameters? [closed]

Context: I work as a statistican for a high school. One of my responsibilities is to generate performance reports for every teacher in the school, based on how well students evaluate them. I use ...
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Importing entire R Script file into Latex

Is there a way to import an entire RScript (.R) file into Latex directly without manually using listings and copying the code into Latex?
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ident a paragraph that following a title

I would like achieve what is below : subject : A line that i would like to be ident because it is long and i want the part under (subject) is >>>>>>>ident. The ">>>>>>" is the here for make the ...
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How to get noweb and listings to cooperate?

The introduction of the Linux subsystem for Windows has made it possible again to use noweb (https://www.cs.tufts.edu/~nr/noweb/) under Windows. I'd like to pretty-print the resulting code, for which ...
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How to cite a CAD file?

I want to insert a CAD file as an entry in my .bib file using @misc. But it gives some errors. ! Missing $ inserted. <inserted text> $ my entry: @misc{period2, author = {period}, title = {...
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Changing all occurences of $x$ into X

I would like to add a command to my document so that I could write 'X' in a document and it would be interpreted as '$x$' by compiler (because x is a mathematical variable that I use a lot). Can you ...
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Abbreviating commands to make *writing* in (Xe)Latex more painless

TLDR; can I shorten commands like \footnote-->\f etc., to reduce code in text? -- I'm trying to Latex an unobtrusive way to write (academic) Texts in general. (As with many other tools, the problem ...
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Tikz Node Text Formatting Problems

I have encountered a strange problem with text formatting within Nodes in Tikz. I want to use nodes to create information boxes within Tikz diagrams, for example as in the TikZ & PGF Manual v3.0....
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How to tell if a document is written in Word or LaTeX? [duplicate]

[Readers] can tell at a glance whether the paper was written using Word or LaTeX. -- Graham Cormode. 2009. How NOT to review a paper: the tools and techniques of the adversarial reviewer. Page 2 ...
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(parser related) removing \newcommand and \renewcommand without structural and contentual changes

I am trying to remove all \newcommands, \renewcommands, \newenvironments and \newenvironments in Latex files without any structural and contentual changes. As I understood the only purpose of these ...
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Wrapping (Jumping Over) One Text Block With Another Text Block

Background. This is about formatting a recipe page in a cookbook. The elements on the page are: (1) the recipe name/yield, (2) the recipe "story", and (3) a two-column section that includes both ...
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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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How can I suppress a page break in enumeration

I'm writing a document with some lists and I need to suppress a page break between the \item and the following line. Following is a MWE: \documentclass[a4paper, 11pt]{scrartcl} \usepackage{blindtext} ...
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Does there exist any software in (Tex\LaTex\...) family that is not open source? [closed]

Does there exist any software in (Tex\LaTex...) family that is not open source? Do there exists any software in these branches which is not open source?
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Pasting a LaTeX snippet into a Plain TeX document

Suppose person A writes a short bit of TeX code, and sends it to person B for inclusion as part of a larger document. The snippet written by A doesn't use anything fancy: no cross-references, ...
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using @misc to cite a text but get odd output [closed]

I am struggling with the bibtex for a long time, could you help me? I want to cite a text from on a website without author. Therefore, I am using @misc in bibtex to cite it. The code is as follows: @...
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Can a LaTeX formula output its own source code? [duplicate]

There was recently a featured question which about designing a t-shirt using a LaTeX-inspired design. On that question, there was one comment in particular which caught my attention. Perhaps you ...
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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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Getting arguments of any LaTeX command

I do not like R and LaTeX. I simply love them. In R, I can get the arguments of any function using args(function_name) on command line. I wonder if we can get the list of all possible arguments of any ...
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Inserting a file directly in a dossier

I am writing a text in LaTeX on my Mac with several chapters and have created a dossier in which I put the files associated with the document (various chapters, ...) However, when I create a new file ...
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Are there any organizations which use LaTeX for preparing their documents, other than universities?

TeX and LaTeX are widely used in academic disciplines. Are there other organizations which use LaTeX for preparing their documents? Since it is easy to create LaTeX files with scripts, it is a good ...
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Stray Number on table

I have a stray "7" on my table, but I can't find any reason why the code would display it. I have tried recompiling but it doesn't go. . Here is the code for that part of the document. \begin{...
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Figure with multiple layers - toggle with text button

I have been searching with google for quite some time, but I did not manage to find a satisfying answer. My problem is fairly simple: In my paper I want to show an image which has some annotations. ...
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How do I make this definition symbol "... =[df] ..."?

I'm not sure what LaTeX command to use to generate a definition that looks like this: Triangle = [df] a shape with three sides
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Meaning of {} and [] in LaTeX syntax?

I'm somewhat new to LaTeX, and since I'm used to more traditional OO programming languages like Java, C, or Python this is bugging me as it seems like very basic syntax for LaTeX. I'm wondering if ...
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How to create a exam with the student's name using auto-multiple-choice?

I would like to load the student's list (names and ID's) and generate a exam for each one with the ID number already selected/marked. Could anyone create an minimal example of this? The correction of ...
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What percentage of scientific articles and thesis are made with LaTeX? [closed]

Are there any statistics about what proportion of published articles/papers and thesis are made with LaTeX or any TeX variant? It would specially interesting to see statiscs by subjects (math, ...
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Is there something similar to or compatible with LaTeX that supports more of a concept of external stylesheets? [duplicate]

I'm new to LaTeX and TeX in general. So far I'm really liking the possibilities it offers for making my documents functional, such as being able to use references to show the page number of another ...
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How to generate bold face numbers in LaTeX as they appear in Microsoft Word or PowerPoint?

In MS Word and PowerPoint you have a set of these bold faced numbers written like More specifically Does anyone know if you can generate these using LaTeX? It does not seem to be the output of ...
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LaTeX help and command glossary

Is there any official site, mobile application or software for looking up latex (and its packages) commands and their syntax in it as Matlab Software done it in it's help. Brief description with some ...
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How does --------------------------- work?

When I type in --------------------------- into LaTeX, it sometimes generates a continuous line like this: However, if I don't have "sufficient" number of -, then sometimes the last - will not form ...
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Modify a PDF created with LaTeX after compilation

In my working group we are currently mainly using Word and PowerPoint. Which is a pity, after we have three different OS's in operation. And every time we send files in between, the layout is shifted, ...
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Is the philosophy of LaTeX actually realized in practice? [closed]

The LaTeX project website explains that authors should concern themselves more with their content and not worry about typesetting design--which is what good designers are meant to do. The same ...
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How can I find every \function or \symbol ever?

I want a list, or a way to create a list that contains every valid \somecommand entry. Ideally I would be able to tell without having to test it, how many parameters it takes. Thus far, the ...
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What is the programming term for the command invoking '\' in latex?

I don't think it would be called a delimiter. Is there a specific term for this character? Just to clarify, I'm talking the slash here: \frac{1}{2}
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General question about LateX and doctoral thesis [duplicate]

Hi guys I am new here. I am PhD student at the pharmacognosy and started learning/writing in LaTeX two months ago, for practice. Even though I do not have many math formula I gave a latex a chance, ...
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