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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2005 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love LaTeX but I wouldn't mind that for some projects I would be able to use a more 'modern' look. Perhaps a bit like the O'Reilly books regarding fonts.

Is this possible ?
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2005 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Felly wrote:
Perhaps a bit like the O'Reilly books regarding fonts. Is this possible?
Sure, just use the same fonts that they use:
The text font is Linotype Birka; the heading font is Adobe Myriad Condensed; and the code font is Lucas-Font's TheSans Mono Condensed.

Try to get Type-1 versions of all of these (or something similar), add them to your local texmf directory, and then call \def\rmdefault{TheSansMono} (or similar).
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2005 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It seems that those are commerical fonts ?

Any freeware look-a-likes ? It doesn't have to be an exact match, just something that looks _good_.

No, I'm not too lazy to look myself. Problem is, I get lost all the time on those font websites with thousands of downloads. I don't know a thing about fonts :oops:
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2005 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Felly wrote:
It seems that those are commerical fonts ?
Yes. As are most fonts found in for-profit books.
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Any freeware look-a-likes ? It doesn't have to be an exact match, just something that looks _good_.

No, I'm not too lazy to look myself. Problem is, I get lost all the time on those font websites with thousands of downloads. I don't know a thing about fonts :oops:
I'm no better at doing this for you, though. Bitstream vera serif is somewhat similar to Birka. You're on your own for the others.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2005 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Felly wrote:
It seems that those are commerical fonts ?

Any freeware look-a-likes ? It doesn't have to be an exact match, just something that looks _good_.

No, I'm not too lazy to look myself. Problem is, I get lost all the time on those font websites with thousands of downloads. I don't know a thing about fonts :oops:


In principle you can use nearly all fonts in LaTeX. But you have to take a lot of care about font families, math fonts, ... to get something that looks as good as the original CMR family. Take a look at this guide. There are some packages described that use the standard postscript fonts (Times, Helvetica, Palatino, ...) to give LaTeX a "modern look", with some samples in the end. Try for example simply to insert a \usepackage{mathpazo} in your document. But a real LaTeXnician consider these "hacks" as evil, some of the reasons (and some other usefull informations) are described in the LaTeX Tabu List.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2005 3:27 pm    Post subject: Re: [HOWTO] LaTeX Quickstart Guide Reply with quote

slartibartfasz wrote:

Disadavantages

  • it forces the user to think logical
  • it is not suited for design purposes
  • it is not very well suited for producing a lot of complicated tables



I don't see any reason for this disadvantage. LaTeX is fairly good at producing even the most complicated tables
see the tabular environment.

However the main weakness LaTeX really does have is the inability to easily include graphics.
Personally I have to use graphics all the time so I use the \usepackage{graphics} and create eps files to include using the command
\includegraphics{figure.eps}

Some people use \usepackage{pstricks} to include their eps files.

Anyway you'll need a quality program to produce eps files.. I would recommend scilab, kig, drgeo or xfig for this purpose.. maybe even gimp if you want to tweak your graphics.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2005 6:26 pm    Post subject: Re: [HOWTO] LaTeX Quickstart Guide Reply with quote

qleak wrote:
I don't see any reason for this disadvantage. LaTeX is fairly good at producing even the most complicated tables
see the tabular environment.

I agree. In fact, LaTeX is made for scientifical publications, and used all the time for typesetting tables. It may be a bit uncomfortable for beginners but the tabular environment and it's extension packages are very powerfull.
qleak wrote:

However the main weakness LaTeX really does have is the inability to easily include graphics.
Personally I have to use graphics all the time so I use the \usepackage{graphics} and create eps files to include using the command
\includegraphics{figure.eps}

The graphics package is obsolete and shouldn't be used anymore. Use graphicx instead.
qleak wrote:

Some people use \usepackage{pstricks} to include their eps files.

That's indeed a very nice package, but causes some problems when trying to generate pdf output directly via pdflatex, not via dvipdf.
qleak wrote:

Anyway you'll need a quality program to produce eps files.. I would recommend scilab, kig, drgeo or xfig for this purpose.. maybe even gimp if you want to tweak your graphics.

There's for almost all graphic formats a converter to postscript/pdf, so that shouldn't be such a big problem.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2005 6:19 pm    Post subject: Re: vim-latexsuite Reply with quote

karnesky wrote:
latex-suite for vim is quite nice.

But I'm having a problem with the Alt Key Macros. I can't seem to use any of the macros in vim on the console or in rxvt.

In gvim, alt-[l,c,b] but alt-i inserts an 'é'

Anyone have any ideas regarding the use of these? Thanks!

EDIT: It appears alt-m has been replaced with alt-b.


I had the same problem. Try it with xterm.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2005 8:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know this is the wrong forum, but hopefully not too far from the target. I use gentoo on all my machines! Gentoo Rocks!!

Any programmers or software designers using LaTeX for use case writing?

I use the Cockburn style. I prefer to do the non stardard numbering for that style. I also like to have use cases in separate files, and packaged in html all linked together.

The numbering style goes like this (for anyone not familiar.)

Main Scenario:
1. User does ...
2. System does big network thing ...
3. User has System save it all

Extensions
a. at any time, the System may ....
2a. The network fails mid network thing
2a.1 System does ...
2a.2 Use case continues
2b. Some else happens at this step
2b.1 Use case fails.

Note that the Extension numbering is specialized: the number states the step the extension forks from.

So, can LaTex do this? :wink:

Cheers
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2005 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You'd be able to use \include to pull in the use cases from separate files, wouldn't you?

As to the numbering, I'm sure it's possible.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2005 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey

i had teTeX running, but i must have done sth (i don't know what) but now tex/latex doesn't work anymore.
Whenever i want to run latex it can't find the file given unless it's an absolut path.

Code:

latex f2.tex
This is TeX, Version 3.14159 (Web2C 7.4.5)
! I can't find file `f2.tex'.
<*> f2.tex

Please type another input file name:


But the file exists at the location latex is called. If you give an absulut path as a parameter i get this:

Code:

LaTeX2e <2001/06/01>
Babel <v3.7h> and hyphenation patterns for american, french, german, ngerman, n
ohyphenation, loaded.

! LaTeX Error: File `article.cls' not found.

Type X to quit or <RETURN> to proceed,
or enter new name. (Default extension: cls)

Enter file name


I tried to re-emerge teTeX but that didn't help.

Btw. when re-emerging i had problems too. Bug #30432. It says sth about env vars. But i don't get which ones are meant.

I hope you guys can help, because i have no idea where i should start looking for an error.

tia, bye
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2005 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ADDITION:

Looks like sth is wrong with my TEXINPUTS, because if i export TEXINPUTS = :.TeX it works.
It was set to TEXINPUTS = .TeX before. Where can i set global TEXINPUTS?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2005 9:05 pm    Post subject: latexsuite-20041219.ebuild submitted to bugzilla Reply with quote

This is copy of another post. I thought it could be of interest to some.

An ebuild for the latest version of the latexsuite package (latexSuite20041219, see bug 112101) has been submitted to bugzilla. It is just the previous ebuild (latexsuite-1.5.ebuild) with a minor change to reflect the different upstream name for the new version. NOTE: Although it's been around some time already, it is still marked as a development snapshot at the developer's web http://vim-latex.sourceforge.net/index.php?subject=download&title=Download
The changelog from the previous release is quite long, http://vim-latex.sourceforge.net/vimfiles/ftplugin/latex-suite/ChangeLog, in my case I was after some improvements on the alt keys mapping feature.
It installed ok on my machine* and so far so good.
* vim 6.3.084 (gvim not installed), running x86 (mostly).

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2005 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a very beautiful gtk2 editor for LaTeX
http://winefish.berlios.de/

There is also an ebuild on bugzilla :)
https://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=106164

There also a topic on the forum :
https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-128649-start-0-postdays-0-postorder-asc-highlight-.html

Give it a chance :)
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2005 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice guide

I might finally be able to create a pdf on linux now lol

creating pdf's is probably about the only aspect i still miss on a windows system.

thanks for elimating windows fully from my life now lol
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2005 12:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any pointers to make table inside a table? From what I tried, nesting tabular inside another tabular doesn't work well. Another complain is that I can't insert some picture inside any of the table.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2006 10:31 pm    Post subject: mathabx package for latex missing Reply with quote

Hello,

how I can I install a latex package, that is not part of the default distribution of gentoo, like the mathabx package?
It's easy to install in freebsd, but how can I do it with gentoo linux?

Regards:

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2006 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is going to sound real stupid but... although I've emerged tetex, I cannot for the life of me find latex anywhere... I always thought it was provided by the tetex package? :oops: :roll:
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2006 3:04 pm    Post subject: Re: mathabx package for latex missing Reply with quote

ufechner wrote:
Hello,

how I can I install a latex package, that is not part of the default distribution of gentoo, like the mathabx package?
It's easy to install in freebsd, but how can I do it with gentoo linux?


Look at this page

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This is going to sound real stupid but... although I've emerged tetex, I cannot for the life of me find latex anywhere... I always thought it was provided by the tetex package?

What do you mean? the latex command is at /usr/bin/latex
And yes it is provided by tetex.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2006 4:22 pm    Post subject: Re: mathabx package for latex missing Reply with quote

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pinger wrote:
This is going to sound real stupid but... although I've emerged tetex, I cannot for the life of me find latex anywhere... I always thought it was provided by the tetex package?

What do you mean? the latex command is at /usr/bin/latex
And yes it is provided by tetex.


Well, I have emerged several times

Code:
app-text/tetex-3.0_p1-r1  USE="X motif -Xaw3d -doc -lesstif -neXt"


and there is no /usr/bin/latex. Bug? Or something really stupid on my part?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2006 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mmmhhh. I have the latest stable version:
Code:
app-text/tetex-2.0.2-r5  +X -doc

quite probably a bug somewhere, you can inform the maintainers on bugzilla, if nobody else has done it. You should probably stick to the stable version for now.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2006 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pinger wrote:
This is going to sound real stupid but... although I've emerged tetex, I cannot for the life of me find latex anywhere... I always thought it was provided by the tetex package? :oops: :roll:


Same problem here and also pdflatex is missing :-(
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2006 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I posted the following bug...

https://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=120319
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2006 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've run into another tetex upgrade problem posted at https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-426735.html (any help would be greatly appreciated) which caused me to reemerge tetex a few times and after one of the reemerges I had no latex in my path. After reemerging again I had it back though. Odd...
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2006 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Probably related to to this bug, which I also experience: 97668
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