recent posts related to LaTeX

How to control LaTeX titlepage top margin spacing alvin June 9, 2018 - 5:48pm

As a brief note to self, when you need to control spacing at the top of the title page (titlepage) in a LaTeX document, use the \vspace command, as shown in this example:

LaTeX and The Matrix alvin October 8, 2017 - 8:17pm

Sometimes I think working with LaTeX is like sitting at the controls of the Nebuchadnezzar in The Matrix.

All fonts available with XeTex and XeLaTeX alvin July 4, 2016 - 8:29pm

To generate a list of all fonts available available with XeTex and XeLaTeX, use this command at your Unix command line:

fc-list : family

I found that command at this URL.

That command may also work with Windows, but I don’t have a Windows system to test with. Note that it took a little while to run the first time, then it returns almost instantly after that.

LaTeX - Simple referencing is another reason to use LaTeX for requirements specifications alvin February 7, 2005 - 11:28am

I've written a lot of use case documents lately for software requirements specifications, and as use cases get more complex, I find the need for "sub use cases" or "alternate scenarios". When referring to these from the main use case (or anywhere else), it's nice to be able to use LaTeX's reference capability.

Get the LaTeX chapter name and section name on the document header

Wow, this was a tough LaTeX problem, and it would really help if I knew a lot more about LaTeX.

My goal for a LaTeX PDF that I created recently was to get the header of my pages to look something like this:

Section Name (Chapter Name)

where "Section Name" and "Chapter Name" are left-aligned in the header of the page, and would be dynamically replaced by the actual values of the current section and chapter names, respetively.

LaTeX soul - How to highlight text in a LaTeX document

Summary: Use the LaTeX soul package to highlight text in a LaTeX document.

Suppose you want to provide a highlight color or background color for text in a LaTeX document. A good example is when you want to highlight the background yellow, so it looks like it was highlighted with a marker, to catch a reader's attention. "How do you do this in LaTeX?" you ask.

Normally I like to answer "simple", but in this case there is a multi-step answer. It's still pretty easy, but you'll need to download a package named "soul".

LaTeX examples: How to reference a figure or table

LaTeX table/figure FAQ - How do I reference a table or figure in a LaTeX document?

Being able to automatically reference a figure within a LaTeX document is a very cool thing. This referencing capability lets you easily give readers the exact number of a figure, or tell them what page number a figure is located on with the use of a few simple commands (\label, \ref, and \pageref). The same technique works for referencing other objects within a LaTeX document, including tables and equations.

LaTeX line break - How to prevent line breaks in LaTeX documents alvin August 31, 2004 - 6:00am

LaTeX FAQ: How can I prevent line breaks from occurring in my LaTeX documents?

Another nice thing about LaTeX is that you can prevent line breaks between words that should not be broken, things like people's names. To prevent a line break from occurring, use the tilde character (~) instead of a space, like this:


This keeps "Mr. John Doe" on the same line when your document is created.


LaTeX - What kinds of dashes and hyphens are available with LaTeX? alvin August 31, 2004 - 5:51am

LaTeX FAQ: What kinds of dashes and hyphens are available with LaTeX?

There are three types of dashes you can create with LaTeX: