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How to best make the transition from LaTeX2e to expl3 syntax

I was peeking at the LaTeX3 github repository and specifically l3auxdata.dtx. There was a surprise for me, as I have been practicing and studying the expl3 syntax and modules for the last couple of ...
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wxLua in LuaLaTeX

I have some problems using wxLua in LuaLateX. This works: lua simpleui.lua (print instead of tex.print) But if I try this: lualatex wx.tex it doesn't work. \documentclass{article} \directlua{...
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Using XMLTeX to typeset OpenDocument Text

I know that XMLTeX has already been used to typeset TEI documents, but has anyone publicly worked on a set of environment files and stylesheets to typeset OpenDocument Text? I have been looking for ...
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TeXLive and MikTeX behave differently in handling BOM in listing

This is a followup to a comment of mine posted in 2012. In short, MikTeX does not remove the leading BOM from listings, but TeXLive does, as shown in the following images. The leading BOM effect can ...
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Copy to clipboard feature in PDF output

I want a clickable copy to clipboard feature in my PDF document. Ideally the macro also allows for graphical elements to be embedded inside them (say, a button that will automatically copy paste ...
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Complex ligatures in Devanāgarī

Ligatures are known to the Western European languages, however it isn't that common to spot vertical or complex form of them. As an exercise in typography I tried to get some complex ligatures in ...
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How to write an arara rule for knitr

I've been trying to write a rule for invoking knitr via arara, but I don't seem to know what I'm doing, apparently. The arara manual explains how to define custom rules. To do so, it is necessary to ...
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Should \minipage restore the default definition of \@par?

I came across the issue hinted at in the title while I was reflecting on this question (“Irregular spacing around a user-defined environment”) and its answer. The \@endparenv command is called by ...
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Physics replacement effort

I'm currently considering writing up some macros in order to provide a somewhat more reasonable alternative to what the physics package does. This is heavily inspired by Alternatives to the physics ...
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Markerless footnote which is page-wide in twocolumn document

I'm using this code to create markerless footnotes in LaTeX (source): \makeatletter \def\blfootnote{\gdef\@thefnmark{}\@footnotetext} \makeatother Furthermore I'm using the footmisc package for ...
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Feasible TeX projects to get started with (expl3?)

I'm a pretty decent LaTeX user in the sense that I write LaTeX documents all the time and I can do pretty much everything that I need to do (with some occasional help from you lovely people). But I ...
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Advanced Math and braille

How does one go about typesetting math books in braille with all parenthesized subscripts and superscripts and are there braille signs for the amsmath package special symbols?
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How to customize `l3doc`?

As I'm currently writing a package and started to use dtx format I wondered if there are alternative classes just using doc, so I started to use l3doc (since I use expl3 syntax). I'm pretty satisfied ...
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Adding full non-English Unicode language (Bengali) support to polyglossia

As we can see in this question, Bengali (Bangla) support in polyglossia is incomplete. The major weak areas are, Support for numerals. Support for other language related areas like dates. For the ...
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Alternatives to the physics package

The physics package is useful A lot of my LaTeX documents make heavy use of the physics package. Aside from it overloading several standard commands (e.g. \sin, \abs, etc.), it also makes a few ...
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What explains this discrepancy between LuaTeX and other engines?

I answered a question about hyphenating already-hyphenated words (like “already-hyphenated”, or “often-hungry”), and this came up. Consider the following input file (uncomment the first three lines if ...
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Is there a way to optimize citation order to reduce the number of superscript numbers in text?

I want to know if there is a way to optimize the order my citations are in, such that they output the minimum number of numbers in the text. So, if I have citations \cite{A,B,C} and later \cite{A,C,...
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Setting up PDF outlines from Lua

In recent versions of LuaTeX, the PDF outline hierarchy may be set up from the TeX side with \pdfextension outline; for example: \pdfextension outline goto page \the\c@page {} count 1 {Chapter 1} \...
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proper alignment of pdfpages import in memoir typeblock

Finding the solution to Setting up pdfpages with memoir? turned out not to be as simple as adding the right layout parameter as an offset. The first finding was that if a twoside documentclass is ...
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Calendar instead of table of contents

Situation I am planning to take some notes in a 'laboratory book'-ish latex document (compare these templates 1,2). The protocol will span a large time and entries might vary from a few items to ...
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Datepicker for LaTeX fillable form

I am replicating a fillable/savable form from LiveCycle with LaTeX using \CheckBox and \TextField items. I would also like to replicate the pop-up calendar / datepicker feature. I am aware of the ...
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Asymptote generates different output whether running in interactive mode or from pdflatex

I would like to make 3d pictures and put them side-by-side. I can do that nicely creating a file example.asy: settings.render=1; import graph; import graph3; import contour3; material reds = ...
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What is the recommended way to protect a TeX Live file from updates with no changes or to auto-patch it on such updates?

Many package managers allow users to prevent certain packages from being updated. Often this is called 'pinning'. A pinned package is protected from automatic updates. This is useful, for example, if ...
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How to manually typeset text in parallel on facing pages in (Lua)LaTeX?

I want to typeset a bilingual text in parallel on facing pages using LuaLaTeX. The existing solutions to automate this task have proven unsatisfactory as they don't allow for footnotes (parallel), don'...
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Script for using metatype to convert metafont to TTF?

In the metatype FAQ, there's a section called "I have Metafont sources of some font. How could I convert it to TrueType using Metatype?" In that, he lays out a dozen steps that really should be ...
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xparse gobbles character(s) using an optional argument

Some recent change of the xparse package or of the LaTeX3 fundament seems to yield some changed behaviour regarding parameter processing. In some situations, at least one character is gobbled where it ...
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Is it possible to convert a citation style language (csl) style file to a bibtext (bst) style file?

I am in a bind, trying to wrap up my thesis in two weeks time. My university requires me to use their citation style, which they only provide for endnote or zotero. Since all my citations are in ...
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Unexpected behaviour with sorting option, multiple ref context and biblist (biblatex 3.0)

I have a large bibliography file where the vast majority of entries are annotated (and annotations can (and do) contain \cite commands). I have to produce a list of the annotated entries displaying ...
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Is there any repository of BibTeX extension conventions?

There are a few fairly wide-spread extensions to the set of "standard" BibTeX entry types and fields: @webpage is fairly common, I think, and url and eprint are fairly common fields. In some cases (...
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Lists (itemize, enumerate) without \parshape

AFAIU (reading ltlists.dtx), lists (itemize, enumerate) in LaTeX rely on \parshape. Is there an other way to get the same result without \parshape. Motivation: wrapfigure and list environments badly ...
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Tags, like on TeX.SE, but with the ability to show or hide both the tag--document structure and associated text, as in the multiaudience package

The term "tags" can be understood to mean that which is used to organize and make text more understandable (as in TeX.SE). The term "tags" can also be understood as something used to manipulate the ...
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Kashida-like Hebrew typesetting

I was wondering, what if there actually was a way to produce kashida-like typography in Hebrew in LaTeX. Not necessary as paragraph text, even as an image (nobody prints books like that to the best ...
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'flushend' vs 'balance' for two-column balancing - what's the difference?

There are (at least) two packages you can use to balance a two-column document's column length on the last page: balance and flushend. Other than the superficial difference of balance requiring an ...
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TeX (LuaTeX, XeTeX, fontspec) support for OpenType variable fonts

Is anyone working on implementing support for the new OpenType variable fonts in any TeX/LaTeX implementation like XeTeX or LuaTeX? Will fontspec support accessing the new tables?
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LuaTeX 0.95 “incorrect math kerning”

I am trying out the new luatex 0.95 in TeXLive 2016 pretest. There's a problem with math kernel. Below is a MWE \documentclass{article} \usepackage{unicode-math} \setmathfont{Lucida Bright Math OT} \...
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TeX to ScientificWorkplace and back

I use TeXWorks while coauthors are stuck with ScientificWorkplace. They are not (even) able to save the document as Portable LaTeX. Is there a "standard" preamble I could add to the .tex document to ...
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How can protrusion in the headings of document divisions be fixed when using pdfLaTeX and titlesec?

How can protrusion in the headings of document divisions be fixed when using pdfLaTeX and titlesec? In this answer I provide a tentative patch which allows character protrusion to work normally in ...
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Correcting wrong choice of character variant from a stylistic set

I'm typesetting a document in German blackletter with XeLaTeX and ran across a peculiar — for want of a better word — error: The hyphenation in itself is okay at that position. However, German ...
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How is the support for polyglossia in LuaLaTeX?

The polyglossia manual states that Polyglossia is a package for facilitating multilingual typesetting with XeLaTeX and (at an early stage) LuaLaTeX. However, I could not find any words about the ...
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What does the .fit() method of a picture do?

What does the .fit() method of a picture do in the following Asymptote code? picture pic1; real size=50; size(pic1,size); fill(pic1,(0,0)--(50,100)--(100,0)--cycle,red); picture pic2; size(pic2,...
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Grammarly for texstudio

The Grammar Check of texstudio is Languagetool which is really not a grammar checker (although best in the opensource environment). I was wondering if anyone knows a way to connect one of the good ...
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Obtain an animated PDF from an animated SVG

I have read Animations in LaTeX, but my question (I think) is different. I have an SVG animated file and I want to create the same animation in LaTeX, without rewriting the code. An example is this ...
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Creating a PDF form that accepts uploaded images

I am creating some forms that require users to stick photos in boxes. I was wondering if one could, with some PDF magic, create forms that could accept user supplied (via an upload button on the form) ...
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Is there an online “coding platform” for teaching LaTeX

I have been looking for an online "coding platform" for teaching LaTeX but I have not succeeded in finding anything that does what I need. By a "coding platform" what I mean is a web-based system ...
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How can I combine overlapping marginnotes in ConTeXt?

I'm working on a project very similar to the one described in this question, only for various reasons I'm using ConTeXt rather than that poster's use of XeLaTeX. I too am typesetting a text with ...
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Asymptote 3D graphics: Convert prc-file to 2D file format

I have a question regarding Asymptote, which I recently started to use to make some simple drawings. I am facing some problems when I try to create 2D output files. I am working in a software company,...
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Tikz externalize not working when jobname is specified for main document

I'm not sure if it's a well known fact or not, but using the tikz externalization library does not work very well if a LaTeX document is compiled with a jobname that is different from the filename of ...
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\- doesn't work in footnote

In the following example the \- in the footnote doesn't work. In Indian languages "dh" is one letter and should not be separated by hyphenation. I know I could use \discretionary here, but I want to ...
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Framemaker to LaTeX

I'm a software person who has been tasked with moving a few thousand pages of documentation for a piece of legacy software online. The documentation is all in Adobe Framemaker and yes, there are lots ...
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How to add/check missing punctuation marks (itemize/enumerate) automatically?

(An experiment) I'd like to present you one of the possible tasks (to be automated) I solve in my daily work: adding missing punctuation marks in the itemize and enumerate environments. I polish ...

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