LaTeX, treasure cave

Have discovered the joys of typesetting. Specifically, the XeLeTeX incarnation of LaTeX: it can understand Unicode, and can access any fonts installed on the system. Plus its code is expandable, and user-written packages extend its functionality and abilities.

Latex et al. (the tex part is from Greek τέχνη, techne, “art, skill, craft”, meaning both skill of mind and skill of hand) has maths typesetting at its core.

 

maths

Using suitable packages if required (and there are thousands), you can do papers on more maths:

venn

isotopes:

isotope

(and even, on the Arts Faculty side, smugcat)

 

Mazes:

maze

Chess games (of course), step-by-step

chess

.

 

There are a whole bunch of linguistics-related packages.

For syntax trees and glosses:

linguistics

Glosses in other scripts:

glossing

Playful stuff:

censor

and

roundbox

And so on.

ancient

(As an aside, learning cuneiform must have taken ages at school, not to mention if you were Babylonian and had to go to Ancient Sumerian classes!)

There’s a package called manuscript, designed for emulating the old-style typewriter-written theses, which must have been written for LaTeX in the old days, I think. Now, with XeLeTeX, with its access to any and all installed fonts, one line of code (selecting a typewriter font) is all that is needed for emulating an old-style thesis.

Well, almost. Using the underline command, produces a nice, typeset line, which contrasts with the font (Urania Czech, in this case):

 

underline2

But with the old typewriters, you could backspace, and use the _ key (or the X key for typing errors, before liquid paper was invented):

 

overstrike

And of course, some typewriter ribbons were red-and-black (never found out what the red ink was used for).

 

Lots of fun.

 

Font names containing apostrophes

Apostrophes (‘) in font names need special handling. (The trick is (a) to escape the apostrophe – with a backslash – in the CSS: Tycho’sElegy >> Tycho\'sElegy, and (b) enclose the CSS style string in double quotes, not single quotes: style="font-family:Tycho\'sElegy;font-size:24pt; “.)

Also, the font filename, the font preview window title text, the font name appearing in the font picker, and the font name known internally to the system(as per the name in the /fonts folder), can be all different.


Tycho’sElegy: The cat sat on the mat.

Tycho’sRecipe: The cat sat on the mat.

Love’sLabour: The cat sat on the mat.

WirWenzlaw Rough: The cat sat on the mat.

butterbrotpapier (from www.anke-art.de, via fontspace): The cat sat on the mat.

JaneAusten NoSecret: The cat sat on the mat.

Designs2 2: ABDEF

Ethernal PERSONAL USE: The cat sat on the mat.

Galderglynn Titling: The cat sat on the mat.

Profaisal: The cat sat on the mat.

CancellerescA: The cat sat on the mat.

DIV experiment

How flowing works

We’ll see how DIV block flow works.
Workable.


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To get this:

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Lorem ipsum

Fusce aliquet

Suspendisse dui purus

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use this (with &lt representing <):


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&lt div style="padding:0.5em;margin-left:0.5em;width:56%;display:inline-block;float:left;background-color:rgb(230,220,120);">
&lt p>&lt span style="float:left;font-size:3em;">L&lt /span>orem ipsum
&lt /p>
&lt p>&lt span style="float:left;font-size:3em;">F&lt /span>usce aliquet
&lt /p>
&lt /div>
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&lt /div>