# TeX Community Polls

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Have you found an error in any of Donald Knuth's publications for which you were rewarded?

• No, I have not.
– N.N.
Jul 19 '11 at 18:42
• No, not yet! (still looking) Jul 19 '11 at 18:44
• yes, several. my favorite was an extra space in a texbook running head, noticeable only by the fact that it didn't line up with the text margin. (confession: i sometimes get to look at proofs of tex-related material before publication, so nobody else gets a chance to find errors that i see first.) Jul 2 '12 at 19:30
• No, never! (still looking only for answers)
– Fran
Oct 26 '13 at 23:38
• Yes! Error in the link itself: sunburn.stanford.edu’s server IP address could not be found..
– user156344
Dec 25 '18 at 9:05
• all is error Feb 13 '20 at 16:16

TeX related releases I look forward to...

• LaTeX3
– N.N.
Jul 19 '11 at 19:30
• TeXLive 2011 (now released, please still vote for it if you were looking forward to it) Jul 19 '11 at 19:31
• Ubuntu packages for TeXLive 2010/11. Jul 19 '11 at 19:33
• Faster XeLaTeX. Jul 19 '11 at 21:33
• The new version of that package I'm already writing on for quite some time. Jul 19 '11 at 22:09
• LuaTeX 1.0 Jul 25 '11 at 23:13
• TeX Live 2012 (on the way). Jul 2 '12 at 19:30
• TeX Live 2013 (At some point we should just say 'the next version of TeX Live) Oct 29 '12 at 0:51
• MikTeX 3.0 (or simply the next MikTeX, to keep it general) Nov 30 '12 at 9:55
• the next version of TeX Live Jan 11 '13 at 1:53
• don knuth's 2013 update to tex, metafont. and errate to computers & typesetting. Sep 15 '13 at 21:16
• Someone who collects the legacy of TikzEdt. Jan 17 '17 at 18:45

Beside TeX.sx I regularly visit/participate in the following (La)TeX related websites / blogs / mailing lists ...

I'm using (La)TeX also for the following other applications besides writing actual full documents:

Expected answers: Rendering math, creating diagrams to import into other software, ...

• Creating standalone diagrams which are converted to images (PNG, SVG, PDF, ...) for a web application. Jul 20 '11 at 10:33
• To insert math and diagrams into my blog (e.g. using QuickLaTeX). Jul 20 '11 at 13:59
• Manipulating existing PDF documents (such as extracting certain pages, trimming white spaces) with the help of pdfpages, graphicx packages and an external tool GhostScript directly (or pdfcrop script indirectly). Jul 20 '11 at 14:17
• As a calculator, using one of the many fixed/floating point packages out there. Jul 26 '11 at 6:54
• writing (pseudo) LaTeX code in emails for exchaning mathematics Mar 8 '12 at 8:44
• answering author questions, repairing their mistakes, and correcting their misconceptions Jan 2 '13 at 18:50
• writing a couple of regular columns for tugboat. Jan 2 '13 at 18:50
• Formatting lists of publications to be inserted in web sites using a custom made bst to output html code. Jan 12 '13 at 11:33
• Typing formulas on my web pages with a little help from MathJax May 17 '13 at 1:32
• For math formulas on my PmWiki's with a little help from MathJax. May 17 '13 at 1:33
• For mathematics formulas when I use text2tags light markup to type documents. May 17 '13 at 1:34
• Making posts on Computer Science, Mathematics and others readable. Sep 12 '13 at 8:24
• Creating standalone vector diagrams programmatically (not for web application in particular). Feb 13 '20 at 16:21
• Creating memes. Feb 22 '20 at 21:23

What is the strangest thing you have used *TeX for?

• Oct 28 '12 at 2:06
• creating a profile pic for myself on tex stack exchange Oct 28 '12 at 3:14
• typographic experiments - whatever you understand by that :) Nov 30 '12 at 9:59
• Creating the favicon for my personal website Dec 16 '12 at 16:18
• creating and compiling symbol lists to be considered for addition to unicode. Jan 2 '13 at 18:53
• Jan 4 '13 at 15:31
• Decoding christmas songs. Apr 22 '13 at 20:51
• Typing music scores May 17 '13 at 1:36
• Generate roman numerals to test the solution of an exercise for a programming class. Nov 14 '13 at 15:38
• Draw a diamond! Jun 18 '14 at 17:01
• Write greeting cards. Jan 17 '17 at 18:48
• Design background picture for a local band poster. Feb 13 '20 at 16:24

How do you prepare the TeX input file?

• I slowly type it with 2 fingers while looking at the keyboard. Jan 4 '13 at 15:22
• I type it with 10 fingers and without looking at the keyboard. Jan 4 '13 at 15:23
• for macros, i steal as much as i can, cutting and pasting from working code, and adapt and extend as necessary. Jan 4 '13 at 15:42
• i type it with 10 fingers, but do find it advisable to look at the keyboard. Jan 4 '13 at 15:43
• if submitting to a particular publication, i look for their template, and start with that if one is available; otherwise, i look for their sample files, and copy the structure from there to start. Jan 4 '13 at 15:46
• I type with 10 fingers without looking at the keyboard whilst still being capable of finding all keys, including the Shift Key.
– user10274
Jan 5 '13 at 2:24
• As nicely as possible.
– yo'
Jan 7 '13 at 9:00
• Sitting on a chair.
– yo'
Jan 8 '13 at 15:41
• Lying in my bed.
– yo'
Jan 8 '13 at 15:41
• Typing, thinking, smoking, chatting and sipping coffee in random order. Jan 8 '13 at 23:28
• Ask somebody else to do it for you. Jan 12 '13 at 11:37
• Clicking a virtual keyboard with two mice --- one for each hand. Jan 12 '13 at 13:28
• Painfully sometimes. Jun 16 '13 at 14:30
• Use my personal template/snippet then correcting it because it is not adapted to this very case. Feb 13 '20 at 16:26

Which keyboard layout do you use?

• QWERTY?
• Some national layout (AZERTY, QWERTZ, Neo)?
• Some Dvorak variant (original, Simplified, Programmer)?
• Colemak?
• ...

Related: Good keyboard layouts for typing (La)TeX

• Programmer Dvorak Apr 16 '14 at 23:04
• qwerty (but sometimes a "restricted" version) Apr 17 '14 at 8:09
• QWERTZ. It’s just a question of familiarisation, especially for all the important TeX keys (\{}[]) and, important for MarkDown, also the backtick . Apr 17 '14 at 15:54
• Neo Apr 19 '14 at 13:57
• qwerty (us_intl/altgr) layout on a keyboard with its keys physically labelled as qwertz. Jun 13 '14 at 14:27
• QWERTY (Finnish multilingual) Jul 18 '14 at 8:04
• I would like to try other.
– skan
Mar 22 '16 at 13:01
• bépo Feb 18 '19 at 10:28

Which answer (not question) do you like most?

[<title>](http://tex.stackexchange.com/a/<id>)


rather than

[<title>](http://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/<id>/<hyphenated title>#<id>)

• I think this topic didn't have the attention it deserves, why don't you ask a new question on Meta TeX.SE? Jan 15 '17 at 10:31

What's your first full TeX/LaTeX document? There can be multiple options (full thesis/book/..).

• Academic Thesis Sep 15 '13 at 19:52
• a catalog of math books and journals, prepared using plain tex, using purpose-built macros, with content translated from another typesetting system by a purpose-built converter, and edited to clean up the last ugly bits. my first original document was a short article for tugboat; however, i did also create the first (plain tex) document style for tugboat, so maybe that counts. Sep 15 '13 at 21:14
• Final Year Project Thesis (german "Diplomarbeit") Sep 16 '13 at 7:11
• First Thesis (italian "tesina"), here is the title: Quantum Chemistry of Vision: photo-isomerization in Bacteriorhodopsin Retinal. Sep 16 '13 at 8:48
• MSc thesis..... Sep 18 '13 at 11:13
• Research paper. Sep 24 '13 at 23:16
• School report (undergraduate). Nov 14 '13 at 15:36
• Lecture notes from Literature at my middle-school, grade 8 IIRC, I was like 14 back then ;)
– yo'
Dec 11 '13 at 14:36
• Scientific report for a summer job I had. Jun 26 '14 at 5:26
• Typing up some stuff for my dad (results from a simulation he did, with graphs and equations and all that jazz). Aug 15 '16 at 14:06
• Private maths research Feb 22 '18 at 10:35
• Handout for students. Feb 18 '19 at 14:27
• An article for a high school newspaper. Feb 19 '19 at 6:54

What packages have you used (at least once) and they must be used with -shell-escape to work?

Use the following format: [<package name> ](http://www.ctan.org/pkg/<package name>)

• ifplatform Mar 18 '13 at 17:22
• auto-pst-pdf Mar 18 '13 at 17:24
• pstool Mar 18 '13 at 22:24
• gnuplottex Mar 19 '13 at 1:51
• filter Apr 21 '13 at 5:13
• tikz (with gnuplot) Jun 16 '13 at 14:30
• minted Apr 22 '14 at 22:41
• gregorio, for Gregorian chant. Jan 12 '16 at 2:58
• TikZ externalize Jan 17 '17 at 18:59
• imakeidx (sometimes with [original]) Apr 12 '18 at 13:02

Which question (not answer) do you like most?

[<title>](http://tex.stackexchange.com/q/<id>/<id>)

rather than

[<title>](http://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/<id>/<hyphenated title>).

• I think this topic didn't have the attention it deserves, why don't you ask a new question on Meta TeX.SE? Jan 15 '17 at 10:31

The package I was not aware of but after discovering it saved my life is...

• subfiles ~~~~~~~~~~ Apr 12 '18 at 12:17
• yax` saved my life a few times even though I'm a PGF junkie. Apr 12 '18 at 16:05

This poll is intended for those give commercial services as professional "(La)TeX and Friends" consultants. If you are not in this category please kindly and honestly don't participate.

What do you think about the presence of this Q&A site (tex.stackexchange.com)?

• It makes our jobs reduced significantly because people can get satisfied answers from it free of charge. Mar 11 '13 at 13:59
• It disturbs our income (financial condition). Mar 11 '13 at 14:02
• It eases our work because many clients are not familiar with TeX.SX while we are and can use it to solve the tasks and get help.
– yo'
Mar 21 '13 at 21:15

When will you retire from this site?

• When David stops eating pineapple pizzas. Feb 17 '19 at 16:44
• When this site is closed for good. Mar 28 '19 at 17:19
• When a new document preparation language with nicer syntax and easy-to-use high-level programming concepts will eventually replace LaTeX. Feb 13 '20 at 16:34
• When singularity happens. Feb 13 '20 at 16:35