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LaTeX Tricks (XII)

Luca Merciadri | Sunday, 25 January 2015

  • Documents as a source of information
  • Tabular packages' purposes, conflicts
  • Same space in matrices
  • Logic inferences


LaTeX Tricks (XI)

Luca Merciadri | Sunday, 25 January 2015

Three subjects will be detailed:

  1. Using LaTeX syntax as an unambiguous way to communicate,
  2. Writing a bold \ell,
  3. Fonts' encodings.


LaTeX Tricks (X)

Luca Merciadri | Sunday, 25 January 2015

This is the Xth edition of my TUGboat `Tips & Tricks.' This time, we shall first see how to write `dancing text,' roman numerals, how to draw under and over braces on same elements, and how to display aligned (in)equations systems. We will then end by discussing on BibLaTeX and Biber, which constitute a promising alternative to BibTeX.


LaTeX Tricks (IX)

Luca Merciadri | Friday, 8 August 2014

We describe here how to

  1. display date & time in a standard format,
  2. write (draw) dash integrals,
  3. number rows in tables,
  4. use unhabitual punctuation marks: interrobang and percontation point,
  5. draw dependency arrows,
  6. distinguish between ConTeXt, LuaTeX, teTeX and XeTeX.

Note: I will use the word ‘Context’ for point 4. Here, ‘Context’ is to be taken in its first sense, not as ‘ConTeXt’.

The last section gives a LaTeX-related crossword puzzle.


Improve your BibTeX files with BetterBib

Nico Schlömer | Sunday, 22 June 2014

You know the drill: When writing a scientific paper, correctly referring to related work is both tedious and important. Sometimes, you know the author and the title, but it takes time to find out exactly when and in what journal other papers are published, or you are just to lazy to fill in the page numbers and the DOI by hand. BetterBib is now here to help you out with these tasks.


LaTeX Tricks (VIII)

Luca Merciadri | Monday, 12 May 2014

We will begin by exposing new tricks, i.e. how to

  1. write ‘closed’ square roots,
  2. insert blank pages,
  3. ask the reader to turn the page,
  4. write bold words in an index,
  5. divide a cell by a diagonal,
  6. draw ‘product integrals’,
  7. understand what happens when \mathcal has a lower-case letter argument.

We will then consider an uncommon example of what one can do with LaTeX, in link with its Turing completeness.


MetaPost Basics: Drawing lines, curves and shapes and using color

Mari | Thursday, 12 September 2013

This ist the first of a series of articles, developed as a MetaPost tutorial. In this introduction to the basic features of MetaPost we want to go the first steps together. We will see little text but many examples. Each section will cover a single aspect of MetaPost.


E-TeX: Guidelines for Future TeX Extensions - revisited

FrankMittelbach | Saturday, 6 April 2013

Shortly after Don Knuth announced TeX 3.0 I gave a paper analyzing TeX's abilities as a typesetting engine. The abstract back then said:

Now it is time, after ten years' experience, to step back and consider whether or not TeX 3.0 is an adequate answer to the typesetting requirements of the nineties.

Output produced by TeX has higher standards than output generated automatically by most other typesetting systems. Therefore, in this paper we will focus on the quality standards set by typographers for hand-typeset documents and ask to what extent they are achieved by TeX. Limitations of TeX's...


LaTeX Tricks (VII)

Luca Merciadri | Wednesday, 20 March 2013

We shall see some tricks:

  1. Putting two itemizations on the same line,
  2. Using footnotes in boxes,
  3. Dealing with PDF cut-and-paste and search functionalities, even when you are using accented characters,
  4. Making a distinction with \overline for propositional logic formulae,
  5. Referring to labels by long names.

We will then discuss some problems people often face when dealing with many figures, and, more generally, floats, in reports. Finally, we will deal with a Beamer scheme which aims at using a single file for both a presentation, and the related report.


TikZ Library for Structural Analysis

Jürgen Hackl | Sunday, 10 March 2013

At university it is always a very time consuming work to create new assignments, and tests; especially when those tasks include drawing graphics.

In the field of structural engineering those small structures are a key part for teaching. For this reason I developed, in cooperation with the Institute for Structural Analysis at the Graz University of Technology, a TikZ library for Structural Analysis.



avatar Gert
Going to put this aritlce to good use now.
avatar mklb1
hello, I am having a problem with the "author" and "affiliation" while writing my paper. after compiling, I realize that the lines extend to exceed the margin, and even exceed the page. I included the code below, I anyone could help me on this matter it would be very much appreciated.



\title{\textbf{TITLE ARTICLE}}



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