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{typography} is for questions about the implementation of beautiful typography using TeX.

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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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How do I make my document look like it was written by a Cthulhu-worshipping madman?

I want to type up some spells from the RPG Call of Cthulhu and give them to my players. I could just type them up in Word or LaTeX, but that seems too...neat. I'd like to make these things look like ...
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Dashes: - vs. – vs. —

This may or may not be a real TeX/LaTeX question but rather a general question on punctuation: How are the different dashes - "-", -- "–" and --- "—" supposed to be used?
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What's the proper way to typeset a differential operator?

I can't seem to find any consensus on the right way to typeset a differential operator, whether it is: in a standalone context: as part of a derivative: as part of an integral: In all of these ...
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How to define the badness of a river?

I've written an algorithm to try and detect rivers in paragraphs and it actually detects quite a lot when I run it. Some of them are clearly false positives, but there are others that are indeed ...
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Showcase TeX Typography for TUG's Calendar

I'm making a calendar. The calendar will be for TUG, 2015. Last year I also made a calendar but because of time constraints most examples were graphics. Since this is a lot of work, I need your help. ...
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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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Nice looking empty set?

I feel like the standard $\emptyset$ is ugly. By hand, my empty set symbol is a lot rounder, then this "slashed-zero"-type symbol. Two questions: Do people really use it (I mean people who have any ...
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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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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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Contest: Show Off Your Skillz in TeX & Friends [TeX.sx birthday]

Submission Deadline and Voting are over, thank you for participating! Results Academic Gonzalo Medina – 31 Andy – 19 cmhughes – 11 mbork – 6 Other Yiannis Lazarides – 38 szantaii – 20 Ant – 15 ...
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Is a period after an abbreviation the same as an end of sentence period?

Does latex do anything special with periods? If so, is there a way to differentiate end-of-sentence periods from periods indicating abbreviation?
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No indent in the first paragraph in a section?

I am just curious that the following format looks good to you or not? The preamble I used is just \documentclass[12pt,a4paper]{article} \usepackage{amsmath} \usepackage{amsthm} \usepackage{amssymb} ...
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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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Use LaTeX to simulate old typewriter written texts

This question led to a new package: typewriter I'm giving my students an old exam and barely remembered to change the date at the top. A colleague and I joked about how long we could reuse the same ...
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Make MS Word document look like it has been typeset in LaTeX

A few years back, I used to use LaTeX for writing reports and such, and I really liked the look of them. However, nowadays I am forced to use MS Word to write my reports, but that does not hinder me ...
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Meaning of \quad

Many LaTeX command names have some 'justification'. For example the commands \cup and \cap have a straightforward meaning. However, I couldn't find a meaning for the commands \quad and \qquad. Is it ...
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What best combination of fonts for Serif, Sans, and Mono do you recommend?

Now that Xe(La)TeX is being increasingly used to deliver nifty documents, I am wondering if any recommendations have been published or discussed about the best combination of font families for mixing ...
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Torn page effect

[See Torn paper: matching up the torn edges for more on this topic, as well as better illustrations of the final product.] I have a document with a lot of short excerpts from another book scattered ...
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When should I use non-breaking space?

DEK gained a reputation of painting red the draft dissertations of his students, taking particular note of incidents when they omitted a non-breaking space that should have been included. I have this ...
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Modern book design, margins and typed area

The golden fleece of book design has been the typesetting of the typed area in relation to the paper and the spread. Famous typographers such as Jan_Tschichold and Rosarivo devised canon's of page ...
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{(x+y)}^2 or (x+y)^2?

This expression is just an example, of course. My question is: should one always specify the quantity being exponentiated by surrounding it with braces, or is it acceptable to drop those braces? (...
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What is best way to mention that a document has been typeset with TeX?

Is there any common way to mention that a document has been typeset by TeX? So non-TeXnicians (TeXperts) may become a little familiar with the TeX world. Update: It would be nice if one hero make a ...
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What does 'double spacing' mean?

I think I know the meanings of \baselineskip, \lineskip and \lineskiplimit in TeX, I also know \baselineskip, \baselinestretch, \linespread and the second argument of \fontsize in LaTeX. However, I ...
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Was the Knuth-Plass line breaking output ever subjected to a blind experiment?

Have any blind trials been organized to test to which extent "the average reader" prefers paragraphs typeset by the Knuth-Plass algorithm (or more advanced variants) over those typeset using the ...
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underline omitting the descenders

I'm very well aware that it is considered best practice not to use underlining other than on typewriters and in handwriting. But sometimes it is needed nonetheless. In my opinion the typographically ...
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How to add some visual style and pizzazz to course notes?

LaTeX is wonderful for writing mathematical papers, but while the output is perfectly typeset it is not visually very exciting. And although it may just be "familiarity breeds contempt", I am ...
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Torn paper: matching up the torn edges

I recently asked a question on creating a torn paper effect. JLdiaz provided an absolutely beautiful answer, which I have used (with a very minor modification) to indicate the way in which a document ...
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When one should use spacing line \quad or \,

In general, in most places, it is said that using TeX defaults is the best. However, TeX does provide things like \, and \quad etc. When one should use them? Both in general and in math mode in ...
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What is the degree symbol?

In order to have the following output involving the degree symbol I can try \documentclass{report} \begin{document} The angle is 30$^\circ$. \end{document} However, this is an awkward manner to ...
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How do I display pi in LaTeX like Don?

Way back in 1979, Donald Knuth, tried to give the feeling that π is irrational using the idea of infinite sequence of smaller and smaller font sizes like what I have tried to do here using HTML and ...
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Comparing typographic traditions for different languages

Sometimes students using LaTeX ask me how to do the typesetting of documents in French or Spanish. I'm not able to help them because I never learned to speak or write French or Spanish. Different ...
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Grid System in LaTeX

I'd like to typeset documents using the 'Grid system' of page layout. Good examples are on pages 40-53 of this document. The textpos package is helpful for this, but two additional features would be ...
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Double space between sentences

I've been reading a question on spaces between sentences on a sister site. The answers there seem to imply that the days of double spacing between sentences are over, and that this was a relic of the ...
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Typesetting limitations of LaTeX

What are the typesetting limitations of LaTeX? In other words what are the things that desktop publishing and word processing programs do better than LaTeX? I am not really interested in things that ...
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Should subscripts in math mode be upright?

In one-letter subscripts, like $x_i$, the subscript is usually typeset italic. Is this the typographically right thing to do? Consider this case: The Boltzmann constant is often written as $k_B$, ...
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Are there any good general typesetting books / references?

I would like to learn more about typesetting, the accepted best practices, rules and tricks used in books, letters, resumes etc. For example, what are the usual left and right margins? Line spacing? ...
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Upright parentheses in italic text

This question led to a new package: embrac Bringhurst, in Elements of Typographic Style, recommends to use upright parentheses in italic text (i.e., write 'a (simple) example' as opposed to 'a (...
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Text spirals with TikZ

I just ran across this, and I'm curious about whether it can be replicated in TeX... Ideally one would have the spiral getting tighter and tighter as one got to the centre, as in I know TikZ has the ...
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How to properly typeset a rolling r

To my greatest surprise, LaTeX does not provide any means to properly typeset rolling r's. (OK, neither Word nor pages do any better, but this is hardly a valid criterion.) I am talking here about the ...
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Should you put citations before or after interpunction?

This probably also could go to English.SE, but I'm not sure. When I want to cite a source for a complete sentence, you put the citation before or after the period? And if you cite for a word, or ...
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Why are URLs typeset with monospace fonts by default?

When typesetting URLs in LaTeX using the url package, they are set in a mono space font by default. While I just accepted that as a fact for a long time, I am now starting to wonder why? In Browsers, ...
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How to produce the table flip emoticon (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻? [duplicate]

Oh man, I don't even know where to put this... or how to begin. As a joke, I'm trying to get the ascii art of the guy flipping a table in a question on an exam. I've tried verbatim but it won't ...
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Should I load microtype with pdflatex?

Should I always load the microtype package with pdflatex? Could it produce unwanted effects a naive user (like me) might ignore? Are there any known issues as for compatibility with other packages? ...
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When to use bold, italics, small caps, typewriter etc.?

I'm a little confused on the purposes of each kind of text in LaTeX. I know the function of some of them, but sometimes people use each for different reasons. For example: \texttt is for code (no ...
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How to visualize the underfull box in final output PDF files

I am finalizing a document. There are a few underfull vbox I just cannot figure out where they are. Sometimes it is easy to figure out which page is underfull vbox from the log file, but sometimes it ...
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Can one (more or less) automatically suppress ligatures for certain words?

This question led to a new package: selnolig One of the major attractions -- for me at least -- of typesetting my papers in (La)TeX is its automated and fully transparent use of typographic ...
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Improved kerning in fractions?

Question How can I apply selective kerning within the numerator and denominator of an inline fraction? Specifically, I'd like to: Tighten kerning after the numerator if it ends in 7 Loosen kerning ...
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Why not use vertical lines ('|') in a tabular?

My question is a follow-up to the answer to a follow-up question, to be found here. ;) I'd like to know why one would advise against using vertical lines (via |) in a tabular (i.e. in \begin{tabular}{...
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Why do all symbols in $x \in X$ have their own baseline?

When looking closely at some set arithmetic, I realized that all of the three symbols in the following minimum example are rendered here (pdfLaTeX on Portable MiKTeX, Windows 7 x64) at different ...