Questions tagged [tex-general]

Aspects of TeX as it relates to the larger world of software or typesetting, or aspects of its general functioning or nature. This is not a default tag for questions that do not admit an obvious more specific classification; it specifically concerns TeX in general.

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Is it possible, in theory, to take a file, let's say a pdf, created from a tex source file, and convert it to said tex source file [duplicate]

Put another way, is it possible to reverse the work done by the TeX engine? instead of going from source to file, going from file to source?
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Setting \linespread for a document, but not effect matrices

Here's my page, using a \linespread of 2. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{geometry} \geometry{ a4paper, margin=20mm, } \usepackage{bm} \usepackage{amsmath} \newcommand{\Mt}[1]{\bm{\...
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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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What may change when I work on a platform like Slader? [closed]

I just started using LaTeX 2 weeks ago on a website called Slader. The website provides a platform on which you can upload your answers to many textbooks problems. However, I wonder if learning LaTeX ...
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What advantage does *TeX provide over modern tools like HTML+CSS+js? [closed]

My answer would be 'not much' and I am considering porting *TeX to browser. Sorry if this is not exactly a question, but I don't know better places for collecting expert opinions. I think TeX's major ...
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Why doesn't LaTeX compile faster?

Looking at what computers can do when it comes to presenting graphics (think games, graphical user interfaces, and so forth), it almost comes of as a surprise to me that I often have to wait for ...
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Define a command like \bfseries

I want to define a command that applies to all text within the current scope, like \bfseries. I need this, because the leadsheets package allows me to pass a label-format command to an environment, ...
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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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Landscape not setting appropriate text parameters

After upgrading to TL2018, increase the paper size (a3 or a2) or orientaion to landscape does not set the text sizes. You can see it when using the layout package (a4 and landscape in this example): ...
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Creating smaller files that are read and compiled by main tex file

I have some long tables which take large space in my main tex file. Can i get rid of it and transfer it to another file and indicate the main tex file to fill up the code from the external file. It is ...
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Formula Problem:Undefined control sequence

I make use of following website: https://www.codecogs.com/latex/eqneditor.php Here is the code: \documentclass[12pt]{article} \usepackage{mathtools} \begin{document} \begin{equation} R(u,\Gamma)=\...
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ArXiv how it detects TeX generated pdfs even if metadata changed [closed]

ArXiv only compiles pdflatex for now. I have a paper that requires XeTeX. Whenever i upload it to ArXiv it shows that i should upload the sources because it detects that it is TeX generated. Any ...
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Producing a document with a lot of almost identical pages in the most efficient way

I want to make a document which consists of, let's say, one page, which has to be repeated 10000 times. On each repetition of a page a unique number will be added on the page (I won't show it in MWE, ...
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Code generator for personal use [duplicate]

I am an extensive user of latex and being EE engineer I use circuitikz a lot. But it becomes a little inflexible once I start doing a complex circuit and hence I am taking an initiative to generate ...
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Visual Studio Code as LaTeX IDE

List of LaTeX Editors/IDEs includes many text editors and IDEs, and even though Atom is present, I did not find anything relevant about Microsoft's Visual Studio Code. Is it also a viable option to ...
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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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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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Comment out `lstinputlisting` without actually removing them [duplicate]

I am wondering is there a way to hide or comment out all lstinputlisting from latex without actually removing them. My codes are all like this: \lstinputlisting[language=Python, caption=NewHope ...
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Can LaTeX be a Replacement for Scratch Paper?

I am a university student and I want to begin using LaTeX for math/physics homework. What I want to do is be able to solve problems directly in LaTeX instead of solving them on paper and then typing ...
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How to add definition as item [closed]

I want to add definition as a list item. I have the script shown below. But it add the definition after a new line of the item's dot. This does not look right for me. I want the definition to be added ...
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OpenType MATH table constants

I'm developing an equation renderer, using the Win32 API and the MATH table. I understood most of constants defined in MATH table expect several one. Since Microsoft get most of ideas from TeX, I ...
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Can I get (la)tex to “keep register”? [duplicate]

This is a general question about (La)Tex. Is it possible to configure/setup tex to make it "hold register"? To "hold register" is to ensure that the horizontal lines which all "normal/plain" text is ...
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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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Problem with \underline{} command! [duplicate]

I wrote the following commands: The following {\bf {\underline{Approximations}}} and {\bf\underline{Definitions}} is applied in further work The things comes out as: One is way down than other and ...
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Text turned into squares [closed]

I finished a previous LaTeX session with correct working file. When I opened it in the next time, all letters turned into squares. There is no .bac file in the directory. Is it possible to turn back ...
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Are there fiction novels written in LaTeX? [closed]

Are there fiction novels written in LaTeX? I am not interested in technical books, but in proper fictional novels.
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Checking Logical Correctness of a TeX Document [duplicate]

Is there a way to check the logical correctness of my TeX document? Suppose in the proof of Theorem 2.1 I refer to Theorem 3.5. I would call this logical incorrectness. This may happen when we ...
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Latex by using command lines in a terminal

Sorry for my silly question but I've always used latex from an editor and also with the most basic commands to write my math homework. Now that I need a few more resources to apply in my documents I ...
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Detect when a white space is needed after calling a command

Say I have an expression I often use so I build a command shortcut to typeset it: \documentclass[11pt]{report} \usepackage{xparse} \ProvideDocumentCommand \es{s}{expression shortcut\IfBooleanTF{#1}{s}...
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Bachelor's Degree with LaTeX. Instructions for a beginner

I want someone to direct me. I have a bachelor of science and I want to translate it in English with the LaTeX program.I was looking on internet to find something but the amount of information is vast....
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How should I install the fullpage package under Ubuntu?

I am using Ubuntu Software Center. I found the package, click Install and it says that the package is installed. BUT when I tried to compile my .tex file it says LaTeX Error: File `fullpage.sty' ...
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Which package should I install to have the `fullpage.sty' file? [duplicate]

I am having the following error: File `fullpage.sty' not found. Which package should I install? Or more general question: when some file is missing, how should I find the right package?
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Producing “glossy” documents

Without going into too much extraneous detail, currently our product manual is produced using some proprietary WYSIWYG editor, which has a bunch of limitations. I'm considering producing the manual ...
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Is there any way to set up \ceil and \floor macros without installing the mathtools package?

I can not install the mathtools package. Is there any way to create the \ceil and \floor macros without this package?
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Is it possible to define shortcuts in text mode

I want to learn if it is possible to define some short cuts in text mode. For example instead of typing "topological vector space", "monotone convergence theorem" etc. each time in a text, is there a ...
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Typesetting “||” with Latex

I use "||" in some code listings and in normal text but it is not printed in either. How can I typeset "||" using Latex? I have tried escaping with "\" but it did not work.
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Obfuscate Latex command

Say I have a series of commands in my latex source \command1{blabla}, \command2{blublu}, etc... Is there a way to obfuscate these commands, so to maintain their behaviour but hide the actual name?
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File Inheritance Structure Possible?

Is it possible to make a kind of inheritance while working with big projects in LaTeX? I think of a tree like inheritance where each child (which are tex-files) inherits the packages and commands of ...
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Documentation Generator for LaTeX

Is there Documentation Generator for LaTeX like Javadoc for Java or Doxygen for C++? Especially when defining macros or environments for LaTeX-files throughout a big project it would be useful for ...
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Future of TeX and LaTeX

Disclaimer: typically soft question. I was reading about expl3 and LaTeX3 development and try to stumble something about overall future of LaTeX. All I can find is one article. The article mostly ...
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How to use poetrytex with cyrillic letters

I am trying to use poetrytex with cyrillic letters like this: \documentclass[11pt]{article} \usepackage{poetrytex} \usepackage[paperwidth=140mm,paperheight=210mm]{geometry} \begin{document} \...
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How to be 100% sure what you see is what everyone else sees?

I have been writing my formal documents, such as scientific publications, professional CV, cover letter and so on, with TeX. Basically, I write every important document with TeX. Whistle-blower ...
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What are the drawbacks of XeTeX/XeLaTeX vs standard LaTeX? [duplicate]

I'm planning to switch back to \LaTeX{}, but I would like to be able to use any .ttf font that I need. Back in the time I used to format any document with LaTeX I was comfortable with the terribly ...
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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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Why is % the comment character?

I was reading a book about TeX macros and related features and I came across this rather trivial question... Can anyone explain to me why % is the comment character in LaTeX? Why this one and not ...
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Printing stamp albums

Is there any TeX package well suited for producing stamp albums? Some examples of stamp album pages can be seen here, here, here or here. In particular, captions can go anywhere around the frames ...
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Is there any advisory board in TeX world?

Is there any advisory board in TeX world?
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Which hash-tag should we use in social media?

Now that facebook is using hash-tags I wondered what users had to say about #LaTeX, but to my surprise (well, it was obvious...), I found plenty of stuff related to latex clothing... The question is: ...
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correct pronunciation of TeX [duplicate]

Yes Yes I know it has been asked (several times), but I still feel confused. In the TeXbook, Donald Knuth wrote: Insiders pronounce the χ of TeX as a Greek chi, not as an ‘x’ (I hope that I didn'...
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Where to locate careers in TeX?

I already know InDesign but am considering learning TeX. Right now I work in publishing laying out books and magazines but I love typography, English and precision and want to switch to a marketing ...