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LaTeX Style Tips

Information on this page covers two topics: general aspects of style, and particular stylistic issues that arise in the use of LaTeX. In a previous incarnation of this page, there was big list encompassing both areas; this has now been split into two, and will eventually become two separate pages. Information in each section is arranged alphabetically.

Some of the points listed here might be considered to border on the subjective, but buy me a beer and I will attempt to give you a convincing argument as to why they are, nonetheless, The Right Way To Do Things.

This is not, of course, a comprehensive guide to the mechanics of style. If this kind of thing interests you, you should consider buying a decent style guide. The grandaddy of them all is the University of Chicago Manual of Style; for something smaller and cheaper, you could do worse than treat yourself to a copy of the pocket-sized Hart's Rules for Compositors. If you're interested in writing style more generally, rather than the low level mechanical issues, you might want to have a look at Strunk and White's The Elements of Style.

General Style Tips

LaTeX-specific Style Tips

If there are particular things you think this document doesn't contain that it should, or if you disagree strongly with something it contains, or if you think there's something that isn't clear or could be expressed in a better way, please let me know. This document has benefitted from input from Sophia Cormack, Ivan Derzhanski, Dawn Griesbach, Masato Ishizaki, Ewan Klein, Alex Lascarides and Sandy Nelson. It was last significantly revised on 27th March 1993, and since then has only suffered conversion into HTML.

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