TeX - LaTeX Weekly Newsletter
TeX - LaTeX Weekly Newsletter

Top new questions this week:

Where is the LaTeX manual?

Helpful members of the community just solved my problem with \newcommand: What's wrong with my newcommand? But in trying to solve it, I got an error message referring to p. 192 of "the manual". I ...

{latex-project} {documentation}  
asked by Dov 19 votes
answered by Joseph Wright 24 votes

Tikz draw an accurate angle in a circle

Here is an illustration in which the angles are not accurately drawn. I want to know whether there is an easier way to draw an accurate angle within a circle, say $\angle ABD = 15^\circ$. Here is ...

{tikz-pgf}  
asked by Chen Stats Yu 13 votes
answered by Qrrbrbirlbel 16 votes

How to globally add kerning between f and right parenthesis using TeX Gyre Termes?

I'm using TeX Gyre Termes as text font. On 2nd level enumerations, in the label corresponding to the letter f, the upper loop of the letter touches the upper tip of the right parenthesis, as ...

{fonts} {kerning} {times}  
asked by purpleflyer 13 votes
answered by egreg 12 votes

Unicode in PDF Metadata

There are several ways of setting PDF meta data when compiling LaTeX documents. The two most popular ways are arguably via pdfinfo, \pdfinfo{ /Author (Erwin Schrödinger) } and hyperref, ...

{pdf} {unicode} {input-encodings} {metadata}  
asked by Nico Schlömer 13 votes
answered by Heiko Oberdiek 14 votes

Should expl3 code be used in packages intended to be compatible with multiple formats?

Maybe this question is just not a good idea in general, but, I'm curious. This could make package development simpler for some in the future. (Of course, this would not be forced on any package ...

{best-practices} {package-writing} {expl3}  
asked by Paul Gessler 11 votes
answered by Joseph Wright 6 votes

Getting superscripts in math mode without the ^ character

Is there a way to get the superscript math mode behavior without using ^? By way of background: I work at a large school that has a large web site that occasionally has math content on pages. I ...

{math-mode} {superscripts} {mathjax}  
asked by alex.jordan 9 votes
answered by barbara beeton 16 votes

LaTeX3 l3msg best practices

The LaTeX3 module l3msg provides some nice functions for messaging, errors, warnings and the like and is truly flexible. The workflow is different from what we have been using for LaTex2e packages. ...

{expl3} {latex3} {l3msg}  
asked by Yiannis Lazarides 8 votes
answered by Joseph Wright 4 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Is there any way to do a correct word count of a LaTeX document?

Often assignments (or even papers) have a word count limit. That is not a big deal when using Word, but I don't know how to do that using LaTeX. My solution has been so far to compile the document and ...

{packages} {compiling} {word-count} {scripts}  
asked by Vivi 162 votes
answered by ShreevatsaR 90 votes

Column and row padding in tables

How do you guys go about controlling column padding in tables? Update To clarify, I'm looking for a way to control both vertical and horizontal padding. So, if I had a simple table like in the ...

{tables} {spacing} {columns}  
asked by JustDanyul 96 votes
answered by Herbert 53 votes

Can you answer these?

LaTeX health check

Is there any health check facility for testing the installation? When compiling \documentclass{beamer} \usepackage{beamerarticle} \begin{document} Hello \end{document} I receive in the log ...

{beamer} {installing} {beamerarticle}  
asked by katang 2 votes

Pgf .style args: optional named arguments with defaults

I was looking for a possibility to adjust the anchor of the text of a pin. Tikz does not allow this out of the box. This question was already asked on the mailing list ...

{tikz-pgf} {tikz-styles} {pgfkeys}  
asked by Hotschke 3 votes

eps/pdf figures not shown with XeLaTeX (with WinEdt)

I have a trouble in including eps/pdf files using XeLaTeX. It only give a white patch where the figure supposed to be if I compile with WinEdt 8 (Build: 20130513 (v. 8.0) - 64-bit), without any ...

{graphics} {xetex}  
asked by kyokoxie 2 votes
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