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

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    No, I have not.
    – N.N.
    Jul 19 '11 at 18:42
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    No, not yet! (still looking)
    – Martin Scharrer Mod
    Jul 19 '11 at 18:44
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    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
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    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
    – iago-lito
    Feb 13 '20 at 16:16
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TeX related releases I look forward to...

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    LaTeX3
    – N.N.
    Jul 19 '11 at 19:30
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    TeXLive 2011 (now released, please still vote for it if you were looking forward to it)
    – Martin Scharrer Mod
    Jul 19 '11 at 19:31
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    Ubuntu packages for TeXLive 2010/11.
    – Martin Scharrer Mod
    Jul 19 '11 at 19:33
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    Faster XeLaTeX.
    – xport
    Jul 19 '11 at 21:33
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    The new version of that package I'm already writing on for quite some time.
    – Martin Scharrer Mod
    Jul 19 '11 at 22:09
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    LuaTeX 1.0 Jul 25 '11 at 23:13
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    TeX Live 2012 (on the way). Jul 2 '12 at 19:30
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    TeX Live 2013 (At some point we should just say 'the next version of TeX Live)
    – Canageek
    Oct 29 '12 at 0:51
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    MikTeX 3.0 (or simply the next MikTeX, to keep it general)
    – Count Zero
    Nov 30 '12 at 9:55
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    the next version of TeX Live Jan 11 '13 at 1:53
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    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.
    – CarLaTeX
    Jan 17 '17 at 18:45
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Beside TeX.sx I regularly visit/participate in the following (La)TeX related websites / blogs / mailing lists ...

Please add a link and a short description.

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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, ...

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    Creating standalone diagrams which are converted to images (PNG, SVG, PDF, ...) for a web application.
    – Martin Scharrer Mod
    Jul 20 '11 at 10:33
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    To insert math and diagrams into my blog (e.g. using QuickLaTeX).
    – Martin Scharrer Mod
    Jul 20 '11 at 13:59
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    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 14:17
  • As a calculator, using one of the many fixed/floating point packages out there. Jul 26 '11 at 6:54
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    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.
    – Guido
    Jan 12 '13 at 11:33
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    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
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    Making posts on Computer Science, Mathematics and others readable.
    – Raphael
    Sep 12 '13 at 8:24
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    Creating standalone vector diagrams programmatically (not for web application in particular).
    – iago-lito
    Feb 13 '20 at 16:21
  • Creating memes.
    – Skillmon
    Feb 22 '20 at 21:23
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What is the strangest thing you have used *TeX for?

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How do you prepare the TeX input file?

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    I slowly type it with 2 fingers while looking at the keyboard. Jan 4 '13 at 15:22
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    I type it with 10 fingers and without looking at the keyboard. Jan 4 '13 at 15:23
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    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
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    i type it with 10 fingers, but do find it advisable to look at the keyboard. Jan 4 '13 at 15:43
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    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
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    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
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    As nicely as possible.
    – yo'
    Jan 7 '13 at 9:00
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    Sitting on a chair.
    – yo'
    Jan 8 '13 at 15:41
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    Lying in my bed.
    – yo'
    Jan 8 '13 at 15:41
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    Typing, thinking, smoking, chatting and sipping coffee in random order. Jan 8 '13 at 23:28
  • Ask somebody else to do it for you.
    – Guido
    Jan 12 '13 at 11:37
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    Clicking a virtual keyboard with two mice --- one for each hand. Jan 12 '13 at 13:28
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    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.
    – iago-lito
    Feb 13 '20 at 16:26
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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

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    Programmer Dvorak
    – jub0bs
    Apr 16 '14 at 23:04
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    qwerty (but sometimes a "restricted" version) Apr 17 '14 at 8:09
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    QWERTZ. It’s just a question of familiarisation, especially for all the important TeX keys (\{}[]) and, important for MarkDown, also the backtick `.
    – Speravir
    Apr 17 '14 at 15:54
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    Neo
    – doncherry
    Apr 19 '14 at 13:57
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    qwerty (us_intl/altgr) layout on a keyboard with its keys physically labelled as qwertz. Jun 13 '14 at 14:27
  • QWERTY (Finnish multilingual)
    – mvkorpel
    Jul 18 '14 at 8:04
  • I would like to try other.
    – skan
    Mar 22 '16 at 13:01
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    bépo
    – sztruks
    Feb 18 '19 at 10:28
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Which answer (not question) do you like most?

Please use the following format

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

rather than

[<title>](http://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/<id>/<hyphenated title>#<id>)
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    I think this topic didn't have the attention it deserves, why don't you ask a new question on Meta TeX.SE?
    – CarLaTeX
    Jan 15 '17 at 10:31
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What's your first full TeX/LaTeX document? There can be multiple options (full thesis/book/..).

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    Academic Thesis Sep 15 '13 at 19:52
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    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
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    Final Year Project Thesis (german "Diplomarbeit")
    – Martin Scharrer Mod
    Sep 16 '13 at 7:11
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    First Thesis (italian "tesina"), here is the title: Quantum Chemistry of Vision: photo-isomerization in Bacteriorhodopsin Retinal.
    – TheVal
    Sep 16 '13 at 8:48
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    MSc thesis.....
    – percusse
    Sep 18 '13 at 11:13
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    Research paper.
    – egreg
    Sep 24 '13 at 23:16
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    School report (undergraduate). Nov 14 '13 at 15:36
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    Lecture notes from Literature at my middle-school, grade 8 IIRC, I was like 14 back then ;)
    – yo'
    Dec 11 '13 at 14:36
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    Scientific report for a summer job I had.
    – Canageek
    Jun 26 '14 at 5:26
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    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
    – Turion
    Feb 22 '18 at 10:35
  • Handout for students.
    – AndréC
    Feb 18 '19 at 14:27
  • An article for a high school newspaper.
    – sztruks
    Feb 19 '19 at 6:54
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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>)

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Which question (not answer) do you like most?

Please use the following format

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

rather than

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

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    I think this topic didn't have the attention it deserves, why don't you ask a new question on Meta TeX.SE?
    – CarLaTeX
    Jan 15 '17 at 10:31
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The package I was not aware of but after discovering it saved my life is...

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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)?

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    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
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    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
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When will you retire from this site?

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  • When David stops eating pineapple pizzas.
    – CarLaTeX
    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.
    – iago-lito
    Feb 13 '20 at 16:34
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    When singularity happens.
    – iago-lito
    Feb 13 '20 at 16:35
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