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My favorite (La)TeX editor is...

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I use the following fonts:

(Please link to font's page in the font catalogue http://www.tug.dk/FontCatalogue/ which has examples and the necessary code, not to CTAN.)

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I mainly use the following (La)TeX compiler and tool chain:

(Feel free to add combinations like latex+dvips+ps2pdf)

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I use the TeX distribution ...

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I have used the following packages / classes:
(more than once or twice)

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

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I use (La)TeX on the following platform(s):

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I use the following version control software for my (La)TeX files:

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I use (La)TeX mainly for ...

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  • 56
    Writing letters
    – Stefan Kottwitz Mod
    Jul 19 '11 at 13:39
  • 128
    Writing my PhD thesis
    – Seamus
    Jul 19 '11 at 13:47
  • 155
    Writing [project|homework|lab] reports Jul 19 '11 at 15:00
  • 171
    Writing articles
    – N.N.
    Jul 19 '11 at 18:02
  • 38
    Writing LaTeX packages
    – Martin Scharrer Mod
    Jul 19 '11 at 18:37
  • 28
    Producing books for conference proceedings or textbook
    – egreg
    Jul 19 '11 at 18:41
  • 117
    Writing conference and journal papers
    – Martin Scharrer Mod
    Jul 19 '11 at 18:51
  • 116
    Creating presentations (e.g. for conference papers)
    – Martin Scharrer Mod
    Jul 19 '11 at 18:52
  • 31
    Creating vector-graphic-based illustrations
    – xport
    Jul 19 '11 at 19:26
  • 102
    Writing materials for teaching.
    – Alan Munn
    Jul 20 '11 at 12:28
  • 19
    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).
    – xport
    Jul 20 '11 at 13:43
  • 91
    Fun :-) .....
    – morbusg
    Jul 25 '11 at 18:04
  • 40
    Writing a book.
    – DevSolar
    Sep 13 '11 at 7:34
  • 38
    writing lecture notes.
    – bodo
    Nov 16 '12 at 11:23
  • 73
    Writing my curriculum vitae/resume.
    – hakaze
    Nov 23 '12 at 9:22
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I use the following document viewer (to view PDF, DVI, PS and similar files)...

Please link to the viewer in answers and add the platform for which it is available. This might be interesting for other people. If you use an IDE's viewer write an answer in the form "the viewer of x".

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I create the diagrams for my (La)TeX documents using ...

Possible choices: TikZ, PGF, PSTricks, xypic, picture environment, MS Visio, Inkscape, ...
Select 'PGF' if you really using the low level PGF commands, but 'TikZ' if you use that higher level interface.

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What do you dislike in (La)TeX?

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  • 57
    (La)TeX syntax and programming style
    – xport
    Jul 28 '11 at 15:49
  • 161
    Bad error messages.
    – Raphael
    Oct 15 '11 at 10:49
  • 31
    Backslashes. Macro expansion. \expandafter. Missing data structures.
    – topskip
    Nov 2 '11 at 20:58
  • 12
    Exessive numbers of [] and {}. My pinky hurts after a few hours of coding. This gets much worse when you start using LaTeX inline math instead of $ $
    – Canageek
    Oct 28 '12 at 1:47
  • 16
    real utf-8 without extra packages Nov 1 '12 at 21:26
  • 4
    nice tables that dont destroy footnotes without extra packages Nov 1 '12 at 21:27
  • 18
    long learning curve (I'm not the patient kind...)
    – Count Zero
    Nov 29 '12 at 11:00
  • 15
    The lack of a proper way to integrate libraries and making them agree on a set of common typesetting goals.
    – user10274
    Jan 5 '13 at 2:00
  • 35
    Compilation is too slow Jan 11 '13 at 1:49
  • 58
    Packages that conflict with each other Feb 8 '13 at 7:54
  • 14
    To be seen as a geek instead of a cool guy that produces perfect documents ;-)
    – Penbeuz
    May 15 '13 at 15:53
  • 7
    Syntax for tables Jun 24 '13 at 13:15
  • 5
    Too much attention to "protecting" styles from modification, not enough attention to easy customizability.
    – alexis
    Oct 21 '13 at 18:40
  • 6
    Having few friends who use it or want to use it.
    – osjerick
    Nov 29 '13 at 3:24
  • 4
    Too many folders with the same name on many paths.
    – Sigur
    Dec 1 '13 at 21:17
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I have read the following TeX/LaTeX books:

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I'm a member of the user group...

Please add 'none, I'm not in any (La)TeX related user group.' if it applies.

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  • 30
    DANTE, Deutschsprachige Anwendervereinigung TeX e.V. (German TeX Users Group)
    – Martin Scharrer Mod
    Jul 18 '11 at 21:23
  • 35
    TUG, North American and international TeX Users Group
    – Martin Scharrer Mod
    Jul 18 '11 at 21:54
  • 7
    UK-TUG: "UK TeX Users' Group"
    – Joseph Wright Mod
    Jul 19 '11 at 6:06
  • 5
    GuIT, Gruppo utilizzatori italiani di TeX (Italian TeX Users Group)
    – egreg
    Jul 19 '11 at 18:40
  • 193
    none (I am not a member of any (La)TeX related user groups)
    – xport
    Jul 21 '11 at 9:45
  • 3
    GUST Polska Grupa Użytkowników Systemu TeX (Polish TeX Users Group) Jul 24 '11 at 21:18
  • 2
    NTG Nederlandstalige TeX Gebruikersgroep (Dutch language oriented TeX Users Group) Jul 24 '11 at 21:20
  • 3
    ConTeXt group Oct 4 '11 at 6:39
  • Nordic TeX User Group Nov 10 '11 at 11:51
  • 3
    Association GUTenberg (Groupe francophone des Utilisateurs de TeX) Oct 28 '12 at 14:11
  • CSTUG Československé sdružení uživatelů TeXu (Czechoslovak TeX Users Group)
    – Martin
    Mar 9 '13 at 13:35
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My favorite aspects of TeX, LaTeX, ConTeXt, and related typesetting systems are...

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    Beautiful output.
    – N.N.
    Jul 19 '11 at 18:58
  • 121
    The combination of programming and typesetting.
    – N.N.
    Jul 19 '11 at 18:59
  • 136
    That it's free software/open-source.
    – N.N.
    Jul 19 '11 at 19:08
  • 76
    Extensibility, e.g. the possibility to write or rewrite macros.
    – N.N.
    Jul 19 '11 at 19:10
  • 4
    Their connection to this site (to participate in this community by using them).
    – N.N.
    Jul 19 '11 at 19:12
  • 18
    Maturity and possibly long-term support.
    – xport
    Jul 20 '11 at 14:13
  • 78
    Stability - TeX doesn't crash and it never destroyed my files.
    – Stefan Kottwitz Mod
    Jul 20 '11 at 14:33
  • 112
    That everything is stored in plain text files.
    – Caramdir
    Jul 20 '11 at 16:31
  • 18
    The durable value of Knuth's ideas about typesetting. Jul 24 '11 at 10:27
  • 18
    It's fun to use
    – mas
    Aug 6 '11 at 10:04
  • 5
    extensible by its users
    – mas
    Aug 6 '11 at 10:05
  • 19
    provides abstraction (not least the potential for the separation of content from presentation allows concentration on the logical structure and the content rather than on the appearance)
    – mas
    Aug 6 '11 at 10:07
  • 22
    Its versatility: articles, books, notes, resumes, presentation slides, sheet music, ... -- one tool for all!
    – Raphael
    Oct 15 '11 at 10:53
  • 40
    Their capability for mathematics — the things that (Open)Office and friends simply can’t do (let alone do well). Nov 11 '11 at 23:31
  • 10
    Potential to extend the degree of automation almost indefinitely. Dec 3 '12 at 18:03
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I use TeX mainly in the following academic or professional field:

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    Mathematics ...
    – Stefan Kottwitz Mod
    Jul 27 '11 at 7:44
  • 19
    Electronic Engineering
    – Martin Scharrer Mod
    Jul 27 '11 at 7:44
  • 73
    Computer Science Jul 27 '11 at 10:06
  • 3
    Philology (languages & literatures)
    – doncherry
    Jul 27 '11 at 10:53
  • 9
    Philosophy.....
    – Seamus
    Jul 28 '11 at 11:49
  • 95
    Procrastination ;-)
    – Caramdir
    Jul 28 '11 at 15:50
  • 9
    Linguistics....
    – Alan Munn
    Jul 30 '11 at 17:15
  • 50
    Physics (is too short to be accepted as comment)
    – Stephen
    Aug 21 '11 at 14:36
  • 14
    Mechanical Engineering
    – matth
    Oct 28 '11 at 11:42
  • 14
    Chemistry (is too short to be accepted as comment)
    – cgnieder
    Feb 15 '12 at 10:50
  • 9
    Statistics/Applied Probability/Bioinformatics/Computational Biology Dec 3 '12 at 17:55
  • 4
    IT Enterprise Solutions Dec 3 '12 at 17:57
  • 5
    Earth Sciences. Dec 27 '12 at 14:27
  • 3
    Aeronautical Engineering
    – nnunes
    Jan 18 '13 at 8:15
  • 3
    Space Engineering
    – Ingo
    Apr 11 '13 at 6:06
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This poll is used to know the distribution of TeX users based on their nationalities. Please carefully choose only one option per person, don't make a mistake, and someone with administrative privilege might be watching you!


There is also a Data Explorer query that uses the information entered in the user profiles. Top ten countries by user numbers as reported on 2017-01-20:

Country         Number of users
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United States   2667
Germany         2372
United Kingdom  1624
India           1014
France          852
Canada          788
Brazil          532
Netherlands     515
Australia       475
Italy           456

Or you can monitor the statistics of this polls at Top countries of Meta.TeX.SX members.

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Tips that may be regarded as best practices in LaTeX.

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    Consider define a macro for a thing that you use repetitively throughout your document so you can modify its setting in one place later and the changes can affect thoroughly.
    – xport
    Jul 20 '11 at 13:55
  • 65
    Don't manually adjust line breaks and page breaks until you prepare the final version, which means no changes in page layout or font size can be expected.
    – Stefan Kottwitz Mod
    Jul 20 '11 at 14:30
  • 44
    Avoid writing a lengthy document in a single input file. Instead, prepare the document structure in advance by creating a separate file for each chapter and/or section and imports them from within a single main input file; This method has some benefits: (1) easing us to rearrange the contents, (2) speeding up the compilation during the development phase by commenting/uncommenting \input or by using \includeonly.
    – xport
    Jul 20 '11 at 15:58
  • 31
    Use "code formatting" to make the LaTeX source more readable, such as aligning similar lines in a displaymath environment. Aug 13 '11 at 10:52
  • 14
  • 2
    Do never put a blank space after a left parenthesis or before a right parenthesis. Jul 30 '12 at 13:39
  • 5
    Use structured writing. Use \include and \includeonly and consider using a folding editor.
    – user10274
    Jan 5 '13 at 2:10
  • 12
    Instead of several-hour struggle with some LaTeX problem, ask here.
    – yo'
    Jan 8 '13 at 15:47
  • 5
    When encountering a problem, quickly extract the actual problem into a minimal working example (MWE), and solve it there, then port the solution back into the whole document.
    – Turion
    Feb 15 '18 at 15:18
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I manage my bibliography using...

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    JabRef jabref.sourceforge.net -- cross-platform standalone bibliography manager. Jul 19 '11 at 11:53
  • 13
    Reftex an emacs plugin
    – Seamus
    Jul 19 '11 at 13:47
  • 24
    BibDesk for Mac OS X, included in MacTeX Jul 19 '11 at 18:24
  • 116
    a plain text file (directly editing the .bib file).
    – N.N.
    Jul 19 '11 at 18:37
  • 24
    Zotero, a Firefox plugin
    – Jake
    Jul 19 '11 at 22:23
  • nbibtex - Norman Ramsey's substitute for Bibtex that allows a bibliography database to be represented by a set of .bib files. Jul 24 '11 at 10:17
  • RefBase Jul 27 '11 at 18:41
  • 3
    Citavi for Windows, free for databases with up to 100 titles, often free for university students. Aug 21 '11 at 9:37
  • 1
    Bibsonomy.org - a social bookmark and publication sharing system. It has some nice features, among them a JabRef plugin. Biber can even fetch the .bib file from BibSonomy on the fly
    – matth
    Oct 28 '11 at 11:41
  • 14
    Mendeley.com - A desktop, web and mobile application for handling and sharing your collection of scientific papers.
    – Speldosa
    Nov 1 '11 at 14:47
  • CiteULike - A web based library management solution, with the ability to upload and store documents. Easy to write scripts to automatically download .bib files for particular tags.
    – qubyte
    Nov 8 '11 at 15:29
  • KBibTex, a KDE based application
    – mafp
    Jan 9 '13 at 15:44
  • Bibweb: a utility for automatically retrieving bibliographical information from MathSciNet May 15 '13 at 0:57
  • ebib for Emacs
    – anonymous
    Aug 31 '13 at 18:07
  • Endnote, and export to bibtex
    – Ali
    Nov 5 '13 at 17:24
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I find the usage of the following (La)TeX code should be avoided:
and I'm annoyed seeing other users, especially beginners using it.

Expected answers: Most content from l2tabu, bad Word-like typesetting, ...

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  • 67
    {figure}[H!] or similar (trying to place a float at the current position; typical behavior of someone coming from MS Word etc.)
    – Martin Scharrer Mod
    Jul 20 '11 at 10:50
  • 72
    Using LaTeX2.0 style font macros like \bf, \it, ..., instead of the proper LaTeX2e macros \textbf/\bfseries, ...
    – Martin Scharrer Mod
    Jul 20 '11 at 10:51
  • 98
    Misusing math mode to get italic text: $text$.
    – Martin Scharrer Mod
    Jul 20 '11 at 14:00
  • 52
    Using eqnarray instead of the math environments provided by amsmath
    – lockstep
    Jul 20 '11 at 15:33
  • 25
    Inserting a blank line right before & after a displayed equation.
    – xport
    Jul 20 '11 at 15:43
  • 48
    Using \begin{center}...\end{center} instead of \centering in figure environment.
    – xport
    Jul 20 '11 at 15:44
  • 96
    Using multiple instances of \\ to make blank lines.
    – Alan Munn
    Jul 20 '11 at 15:56
  • 13
    Using single instances of \\ after each source line to break the output line, too (outside of tables). Jul 31 '11 at 4:09
  • 40
    \"{a} notation for umlauts instead of utf-8 Nov 1 '12 at 21:23
  • 33
    $$...$$ for displayed equations Nov 29 '12 at 13:48
  • 20
    Using utf-8 for umlauts instead of \"{a} notation. @JonasStein Sorry I coudn't resist. What's the problem.
    – user10274
    Jan 5 '13 at 1:58
  • 6
    Using math ellipsis for non-mathematical context such as "I am lazy $\ldots$". The correct one is "I am lazy \ldots". Mar 11 '13 at 23:01
  • 19
    Using < and > as "angle brackets" instead of \langle and \rangle. Jul 24 '13 at 8:13
  • 10
    Using " and " as quotation marks instead of `` and ''.
    – osjerick
    Nov 29 '13 at 3:32
  • 9
    Using \Large or \textit{} inside \chapter{} or \section{} to format the headings.
    – Sigur
    Dec 1 '13 at 21:20
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My favorite document class is...

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    scrartcl - an extensive article class of the KOMA-Script bundle
    – Stefan Kottwitz Mod
    Jul 27 '11 at 19:01
  • 88
    article – plain and classic
    – doncherry
    Jul 28 '11 at 12:21
  • 31
    memoir (for large documents)
    – Alan Munn
    Jul 30 '11 at 17:14
  • 6
    report (for large as well as short documents)
    – Stephen
    Aug 21 '11 at 14:37
  • 11
    scrbook of KOMA-Script.
    – DevSolar
    Sep 13 '11 at 7:42
  • artikel3 from the NTG document classes
    – user2574
    Oct 15 '11 at 7:47
  • 32
    beamer for presentations
    – Raphael
    Oct 15 '11 at 10:48
  • 8
    moderncv, just beautiful.
    – Raphael
    Oct 15 '11 at 10:48
  • 24
    standalone to test TikZ graphics
    – Ignasi
    Nov 8 '11 at 9:36
  • 8
    book, just a simple one for lecture notes etc Mar 7 '12 at 17:11
  • 4
    tufte (for the great layout and font choice)
    – Count Zero
    Nov 29 '12 at 10:59
  • 3
    amsart formats things nicely and automatically loads amsmath etc. Feb 8 '13 at 7:40
  • 1
    the one I maintain ;)
    – yo'
    Feb 19 '13 at 18:26
  • 1
    IEEEtran (Too short for comment) May 7 '13 at 22:55
  • 1
    revtex for articles in physics Jan 7 '15 at 13:06
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What features do you miss in (La)TeX?

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    Automatic paragraph flow around arbitrary shapes (like images)
    – topskip
    Nov 2 '11 at 21:04
  • 24
    Autokerning based on the shape of the glyphs
    – topskip
    Nov 2 '11 at 21:04
  • 21
    good multi column support (balancing, images/formulae crossing multiple columns)
    – topskip
    Nov 2 '11 at 21:04
  • 9
    text areas with overflow capabilities ("read more on page 3")
    – topskip
    Nov 2 '11 at 21:04
  • 8
    Output to an "open" format such as InDesign (for editing afterwards) or XML
    – topskip
    Nov 2 '11 at 21:04
  • 4
    Some way of splitting a vbox at a point (should break an image in two parts for example)
    – topskip
    Nov 2 '11 at 21:05
  • 4
    XML input (hey, it's 2011)
    – topskip
    Nov 2 '11 at 21:05
  • 7
    Word's track changes feature. The accept/reject changes functionality blows diff away.
    – Canageek
    Oct 29 '12 at 0:50
  • 20
    A real document tree, and a high-level language for arbitrary manipulations thereof – instead of TeX's single-pass traversal and macros.
    – Philipp
    Nov 12 '12 at 23:48
  • 16
    More complete implementations of Unicode algorithms and OpenType features.
    – Philipp
    Nov 12 '12 at 23:49
  • 15
    A proper grid layout (\grid package doesn't work for me).
    – user10274
    Jan 5 '13 at 2:11
  • 3
    JSON input (hey, it's 2013, @topskip)
    – BeniBela
    Feb 19 '13 at 18:20
  • 2
    Designing support. You get a book design from a designer and you have to implement it in your document all by yourself.
    – Pygmalion
    Sep 28 '13 at 9:00
  • 2
    Tidier syntax, so that external tools can parse a tex file more easily. Jul 4 '15 at 15:01
  • 2
    A proper tool-chain Mar 21 '16 at 13:50
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My favorite aspects of TeX.sx are...

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    The amount of knowledge in the community.
    – N.N.
    Jul 19 '11 at 19:23
  • 155
    The high activity on the site (quick answers, frequently multiple answers, quality control through votes and comments)
    – Jake
    Jul 20 '11 at 4:47
  • 89
    The possibility to always learn more about (La)TeX even if you already know a lot.
    – Martin Scharrer Mod
    Jul 20 '11 at 10:17
  • 43
    To be able to see how other people create documents and solve issues (which can be sometimes completely different to your way).
    – Martin Scharrer Mod
    Jul 20 '11 at 10:19
  • 31
    The nice and easy modern interface for writing, editing, commenting and searching.
    – Stefan Kottwitz Mod
    Jul 23 '11 at 13:56
  • 35
    How friendly it is. No matter how archaic or random my questions is I still get good answers, and people accept me in the chat, despite the fact that everyone else there has forgotten more LaTeX then I know.
    – Canageek
    Oct 28 '12 at 1:49
  • 4
    Practising my (La)TeX skills in areas I don't normally use. Dec 3 '12 at 17:59
  • 21
    Calling "procrastination" "help".
    – yo'
    Jan 12 '13 at 0:51
  • 2
    I wanted to say a big THANK YOU. I had to produce a class file for my students for their third year report, and I wanted to make things as simple as possible for them. I had many unresolved problems as I am no expert, but every single question was answered on the site. Without the help given by the experts on this site I would simply have abandoned my endeavour. THANKS AGAIN.
    – Pierre
    May 7 '13 at 19:58
  • Keeping track of problems still unresolved after 4 years.
    – iago-lito
    Feb 12 '20 at 16:14
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To a total LaTeX beginner (not TeX in this case) I would recommend to start learning LaTeX by reading first ...

Books, online howtos, ...

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What small mistakes that you have done make (La)TeX stop working?

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  • 14
    Using pdflatex to compile an input file that either imports EPS or contains PSTricks code.
    – xport
    Jul 19 '11 at 20:19
  • 5
    Using latex.exe to compile an input file that imports PNG, PDF or JPEG images.
    – xport
    Jul 20 '11 at 9:30
  • 13
    Programmed a recursive macro with a faulty abort mechanism.
    – Martin Scharrer Mod
    Jul 20 '11 at 9:57
  • 99
    Forgot a semicolon inside a TikZ picture Jul 20 '11 at 13:02
  • 13
    Forgot to add fragile option to Beamer's frame environment that contains verbatim blocks.
    – xport
    Jul 20 '11 at 13:46
  • 17
    Confusion between length macros that need \ and counter macros that don't need \ leads us to make mistakes such as typing \setlength{paperwidth}{10cm} or \setcounter{\enumi}{10}.
    – xport
    Aug 5 '11 at 18:57
  • 32
    Forgot `\\` somewhere in a table.
    – DevSolar
    Sep 13 '11 at 7:40
  • 5
    Didn't know the difference between TeX and LaTeX. (Undefined control sequence \documentclass...)
    – topskip
    Nov 2 '11 at 20:57
  • 2
    Introduced a small bug into \fbox that stopped it working for everybody. 1994-06-06 David Carlisle <latex-bugs@latex-project.org> * ltboxes.dtx: Fix bug introduced last week. Add \leavevmode to \fbox, and make \long. At the same time make \sbox and \mbox \long even though they were not \long in 2.09. Dec 3 '12 at 17:52
  • 8
    Gave a macro less arguments than it needs. Dec 3 '12 at 18:05
  • 5
    Unbalanced \if constructs. Dec 3 '12 at 18:05
  • 4
    created a "circular" macro; of course tex didn't stop -- i had to crash it manually. Dec 10 '12 at 21:13
  • 34
    put in too many open braces/groups, or not enough closing ones; also, mismatched $ signs. either one can get you out of synch really fast! Dec 10 '12 at 21:16
  • 11
    Using {} instead of [] for optional arguments of macro and [] for mandatory arguments, and forgetting which arguments are mandatory and which are optional.
    – Guido
    Jan 12 '13 at 11:30
  • 8
    Forgot to escape _ (e.g. in URLs) Jun 24 '13 at 13:20
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What small mistakes that you have made allow (La)TeX to continue working, but produce an unexpected result?

The objective of this poll is to collect mistakes that are frequently made by us (especially for the beginner).

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  • 46
    Forgot to append a trailing \ or {} right after a macro that eats white spaces. For example writing \LaTeXe is... will produce "LaTeX2eis" instead of "LaTeX2e is".
    – xport
    Jul 20 '11 at 10:15
  • 48
    Forgot to add a % to remove unnecessary white spaces.
    – xport
    Jul 20 '11 at 13:10
  • 8
    Forgot to prefix a period following a capital letter with \@ such that the period is intended to end a sentence.
    – xport
    Aug 5 '11 at 4:30
  • 7
    Forgot to append a period following a non-capital letter with \ such that the period is supposed not to be the end of sentence.
    – xport
    Aug 5 '11 at 5:50
  • 3
    Kept subversion conflict markers (<<<<<<<<<) in the text body
    – topskip
    Nov 2 '11 at 21:00
  • 21
    Misspelled label name in either \label, \ref or \cite.
    – yo'
    Jul 7 '12 at 14:58
  • 11
    Forgot to specify non-breaking space with ~ (e.g. Figure~\ref{fig:somefig}.
    – Count Zero
    Nov 30 '12 at 9:54
  • Hoping $\tiny abc$ (font size change in math mode) can produce the expected result. Actually it will never work because the developers chose to disable font changing commands inside formulas. Feb 17 '13 at 11:26
  • 2
    Forgot to use \ignorespaces when we use \noindent (or \indent) at the end of a macro with arguments. Mar 11 '13 at 22:52
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    A wrong placement of \noindent. For example \par\noindent\vspace{\baselineskip} <text> that should be \par\vspace{\baselineskip}\noindent <text>. Mar 17 '13 at 14:49
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    Forgot to end the paragraph with \par before the closing } in {\Huge long text spanning 2 or more lines}. Mar 21 '13 at 23:09
  • 3
    Using longtable inside table environment because of a wrong assumption that longtable is long version of tabular. The same syntax and column specifiers lead us to this wrong assumption. Mar 25 '13 at 16:01
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    Used \label before \caption, so that the referencing of the Float did not work as expected.
    – Adam B.
    Jan 28 '14 at 9:35
  • 1
    Forgot to put a backslash before "underscore and ampersand (symbol)"
    – M S
    Jan 17 '17 at 9:52
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    Trying to pass an argument to a switch-type command that would need grouping instead: \command{...} instead of {\command ...}
    – lblb
    Mar 19 '17 at 10:42
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As a TeX user, I favour

  1. logical punctuation, a.k.a. "British style"; or

  2. rhetorical punctuation, a.k.a. "American style."

The following example, taken from Edward D. Johnson's The Handbook of Good English (Simon & Schuster, 1991), illustrates the difference between the two:

I'm not sure what is meant by 'fail-safe'. (logical punctuation)

I'm not sure what is meant by 'fail-safe.' (rhetorical punctuation)

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    logical punctuation
    – jub0bs
    Mar 27 '13 at 16:42
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    In my language, German, only logical punctuation exists. I did not knew there were other styles up until now. The rhetorical style looks ugly and wrong.
    – Foo Bar
    Mar 27 '13 at 16:47
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    logical, for sure. if you've ever been burned by having an unenlightened editor (person) insist that the period (or comma) be placed inside the quotes that delimit a typing command instruction, you wouldn't accept any other option. that was the situation that permitted a change in tex-related user manuals at ams. (i can't speak for other publications, but at least we're freed from questions about why something doesn't work when directions were followed to the letter/punctuation symbol.) likewise for tugboat. logic rules. Mar 27 '13 at 16:54
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    rhetorical punctuation
    – jub0bs
    Mar 27 '13 at 16:55
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    Logical punctuation, because the full stop [period] belongs to the whole sentence, not just the term in quotes. IMNSHO, rhetorical punctuation lives in the same cave as "rhetorical dates", the ones where the day comes between the month and the year... Mar 27 '13 at 17:55
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On which other stackexchange sites you are a member? (Let's say being a "member" means ask a question or provide an answer there.)

The comment format should be:

[TeX](http://tex.stackexchange.com/)
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I found TeX.sx via...

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    some search engine.
    – N.N.
    Jul 19 '11 at 18:36
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    StackExchange menu on the top.
    – xport
    Jul 19 '11 at 21:07
  • 11
    Migration from StackOverflow.
    – xport
    Jul 19 '11 at 21:09
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    Area 51 (participated on the private beta)
    – Vivi
    Jul 20 '11 at 1:29
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    Via Joseph Wright's blog Some TeX developments. Jul 31 '11 at 4:15
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    Am I supposed to remember this?
    – Speldosa
    Nov 1 '11 at 14:49
  • 4
    Some comment in comp.text.tex
    – Ignasi
    Nov 8 '11 at 9:40
  • 2
    Migration from MathOverflow Nov 11 '11 at 23:33
  • Area 51 (didn't participate in the private beta). Nov 14 '13 at 15:40
  • I liked formatting the equations on the physics.SE and was messing with detexify, and then I was like, hmmm, maybe I should learn more about this, it's so fun. Aug 15 '16 at 14:00
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How is your activity or behavior on this site?

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  • 2
    I read all questions of one topic and try to answer most of them.
    – topskip
    Jul 3 '12 at 9:32
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    I try to read all questions unless I know I'm not interested and not able to provide any support.
    – yo'
    Jul 7 '12 at 15:01
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    I only read several new questions on that day. Jul 8 '12 at 15:12
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    I scan for things I'm likely to be able to answer.
    – Canageek
    Oct 29 '12 at 0:52
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    I read questions that are likely to be of interest to me
    – Canageek
    Oct 29 '12 at 0:52
  • 1
    I use subscriptions on several tags that alert me of questions of possible interest. Feb 22 '13 at 16:14
  • I don't read the questions and answers. Instead I am just logged in the chat room for fun. Mar 19 '13 at 2:10
  • I am only interested in reading old unanswered questions that are randomly poked by the bot Community. Mar 19 '13 at 9:17
  • 2
    I only ask questions. I am not knowledgeable enough to provide answers.
    – Sverre
    Mar 20 '13 at 15:32
  • 1
    I always collect and save reputation and don't want to spend them for bounties. Mar 22 '13 at 23:00
  • 7
    I mostly search and ask for current problems I have. May find the occasional question I can answer, or post my own question-answer pair.
    – Raphael
    Sep 12 '13 at 8:19
  • 2
    I will see what I can learn from questions in chat. Sometimes I answer questions on the site, only to find on refresh that egreg and davidcarlisle has pounced the question a couple of seconds later, deleting my answer, and skulking further in the shadows. Oct 22 '13 at 22:36
  • I mostly ask questions.
    – iago-lito
    Feb 13 '20 at 16:15
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I use Windows and the TeX Distribution ...

Since Windows users are the only ones who have MiKTeX as an option, I thought it'd be interesting to see how the user distribution between and MiKTeX and TeX Live on Windows is. See also the cross-platform question.

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    MiKTeX ........
    – doncherry
    Jan 2 '13 at 7:04
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    TeX Live ......
    – doncherry
    Jan 2 '13 at 7:05
  • putty to my school server (yes, I really do it).
    – yo'
    Jan 8 '13 at 15:42
  • KerTeX on Cygwin May 17 '13 at 1:27
  • teTeX on Cygwin (Actually a few times I had to use Windows in my life that is how I used TeX). May 17 '13 at 1:28

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