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.
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.
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...
Dealing with PDF cut-and-paste and search functionalities, even when you are using accented characters,
Making a distinction with \overline for propositional logic formulae,
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.
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.
There are a variety of packages (including my own glossaries package) that can generate a sorted list of terms or nomenclature, but they require the help of an external application, such as makeindex, to collate and sort entries. However some users don't like this, either because they find it difficult to invoke the indexing application or because they don't like the complexity of multiple LaTeX plus indexing runs. This article discusses how to by-pass the need for an external indexing application by using the datatool package to create sorted glossaries.
In my graduate work, I draw a lot of system diagrams which basically involves drawing a bunch of shapes with arrows. When typesetting my figures, I like using the Pic preprocessor because of its expressiveness. In the following post I will show how to use it.