As of yesterday, hovering the mouse pointer over a tag will show (amongst other info) the tag wiki excerpt. This makes the tag wiki content more prominent on the site. Unfortunately, the tag wikis of most of our tags are empty.

Remember that you can now make tag wiki suggestions directly on the the wiki. If you do so, please remove the tag from this list afterwards.

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  • I like that calling. I've already edited some tag wiki entries, for the most frequently chosen tags.
    – Stefan Kottwitz Mod
    Jan 9, 2011 at 23:49
  • This is an excellent idea. Let's try and keep the list of "needs work" tags updated, so we don't duplicate effort...
    – Seamus
    Jan 12, 2011 at 12:11
  • I've added basic tag wikis for biblatex and sections.
    – Seamus
    Jan 12, 2011 at 12:19
  • When I click on the Help us edit this wiki link, I get a 404. I guess this means I cannot edit tag wikis.
    – TH.
    Jan 13, 2011 at 9:45
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    @TH. No that means, the link is wrong (it goes to meta, were the tag doesn't exist).
    – Caramdir
    Jan 13, 2011 at 15:36
  • @Caramdir: Ah, I see.
    – TH.
    Jan 14, 2011 at 5:53
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    I guess the idea here isn't as useful anymore, since everyone can edit tag wikis now.
    – Caramdir
    Mar 5, 2011 at 20:48

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align is an environment in math packages that permits multiple related equations to be formatted vertically with a common reference point, usually at a sign of relation.

The align environment is provided by packages such as amsmath and mathtools. The alignment reference point is indicated by &, which should be placed just before the sign of relation or operation in order to obtain proper spacing. The end of all lines except the last is indicated by \\. The related environment alignat allows horizontal space between equations on the smae line to be explicitly specified. Both align and alignat produce equation numbers; starred versions without numbering are provided as well.

Sub-environments aligned and alignedat are building blocks to be used when the aligned component is only part of a longer multi-line structure. The width of each component is only as large as necessary, so that it can, for example, be set within delimiters.

Use of these environments is described in the amsmath users guide, which on a TeX Live system can be accessed by texdoc amsmath.

  • I copied this to the actual tag wiki.
    – Caramdir
    Mar 6, 2011 at 0:26

This tag is used for questions relating to TeX Live, a widely used TeX distribution.

TeX Live is TeX distribution that is mostly used on Unix-related operating systems like and . It is, however, also available for (where is commonly used).

For questions concerning Mac TeX, which is a based on TeX Live, use the tag.

Copied to Tag Wiki on 2011-01-12.


Roughly modelled on the best-practices tag from programmers.sx

A "best practice" is a technique or approach that TeXnicians recognize as giving better results than other approaches.

For example, it is widely accepted that there is value in separating commands that govern formatting from the document content — this is an example of a goal that is sometimes impractical to apply, and overall best practice provides guidance on how to manage the cases where it is not practicable.

For another example, when writing macros for packages or modules intended for use by others, it is a long-established best practice to use the @ character for internal macro names, which do not conflict with macros in regular documents, so that users do not have to pay attention to the package internals.

  • @barbara: you can also suggest edits directly on the tag wiki page (this whole idea here became somewhat obsolete when SO decided to let everyone make suggestions to tag wikis directly)
    – Caramdir
    Mar 5, 2011 at 20:45
  • @Caramdir: Wrong subthread! But as you have raised the point, I don't know how the notification of tag wiki edits works: is it seen by all 5k+ rep. users? Mar 5, 2011 at 21:33
  • It is seen by mods and 10k users and (i think) 5k users who happen to look at the tag page at the right moment.
    – Caramdir
    Mar 5, 2011 at 21:35
  • Right subthread, as I was referring to her edit of your entry.
    – Caramdir
    Mar 5, 2011 at 21:36
  • @Caramdir: Thanks and right. Mar 5, 2011 at 22:47

listings is a package that provides advanced features for typesetting computer code

The listings package extends LaTeX's verbatim features. A variety of syntax highlighting options are available.

For the unrelated concept of list structures, use the tag or the tag corresponding to a specific list structure.

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