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Postby oliversal » Tue Mar 14, 2017 11:29 pm

Hi latex-community, nice to meet you!
So, I came across this forum by searching tips about LaTeX of course.
I am a French TeX/LaTeX user since 5 or 6 years now, I jumped into
this world on my own with a book found in the local library.
Actually, I went through a lot of books before finding the one that suits me.
Now, I do a lot of daily work with LaTeX, and sliding step by step in plain TeX.

For future reference (if it may be useful to somebody), I write tex files
mostly from Vim (NeoVim + Spf13 plugins + vim-latex), on a machine
running Archlinux system or Debian. FYI, for those interested, I mapped
ctrl-\ to a launch-latex-compilation' script (very simple one for now, but
*very* handy !). And it doesn't interfere with \ as leader key, so great!
Far from being an expert, or even an advanced user, I can however say
I have some experience with these tools. Also, please understand that
if I do have some good practice (one could only hope !), I am not a
programmer (just some small bash scripts here and there).

Some LaTeX points I can be good at:
- CJK management (do speak some Chinese and Japanese);
- Big nested files, with embedded scripts, symlinks, \input files;
- Quite picky with typography, or at least try to be (another huge world to navigate!);
- Huge list of macros. e.g. series of colour formatting macros such as:
  1. \newcommand{\TscbfBlue}[1]{\textsc{\textbf{\textcolor{Blue}{#1}}}}

Some LaTeX points I can lack yet:
- A *good* make file. Still working on it.
- Lualatex/XeLaTeX good usage and understanding; mostly needed it for
CJK and tikz;
- plugin writing;
- this *d*mned* hyperref plugin management. Always an incompatibility
somewhere with this one!

Some big projects I'd like to finalize one day:
- Booklet monthly agenda/calendar, printable every year with variable date
counters, with an option list to select bissextile years, holidays from this
or that cultural world (i.e. Japan), moon phases, etc.
Well... I am tired to craft one manually each year! (since of course, no one
available in shops really suit my needs... and I like to break my head over
impossible tasks, ha ha ha!). Now you understand why I started to play
with TeX;
- The very wonder/perfect cheat sheet, complete yet simple. Hum hum!
Actually I have a good start since I already have a very good written 10
years ago by and ENS school student. Although outdated for some parts,
it is still an excellent base for me.

These days, I help a friend to write a Ph.D. thesis in human siences, with
a lot of maths, statistics, charts, different languages an so on. I'll probably
come here often ask for tips!

I look forward to meet you, and provide some help or ideas if I can.

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Postby Johannes_B » Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:54 am

Welcome, feel free to help out with TikZ questions and other stuff.

Have fun
The smart way: Calm down and take a deep breath, read posts and provided links attentively, try to understand and ask if necessary.

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Postby Stefan Kottwitz » Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:13 am


welcome to the forum! I look forward to reading your answers and possibly questions.

By the way, there's also a French forum, or question & answer site, Not yet very active, but some French TeX friends follow it. Here we are happy about everybody joining to help users with LaTeX questions. :)

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Postby oliversal » Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:47 am

Thank you for your warm welcome!

@Johannes_B Talking about TikZ, I still follow my very samples' cheat sheet yet! If I can help with it, good enough, then.

@Stefan Kottwitz I can have a look to the French forum too. Perhaps it could be helpful to mention the excellent French forum where I found a great deal of help already. Its guideline is very professional and it presents help and tutorials for many languages.

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