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Postby thomasb » Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:16 am


As I plant to use the following packages and commands, are there some obsolete ones :

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  1. \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
  2. \usepackage{babel}
  3. \usepackage{geometry}
  4. \usepackage{ragged2e}
  5. \usepackage{amsmath}
  6. \usepackage{amsfonts}
  7. \usepackage{amssymb}
  8. \usepackage{amsthm}
  9. \usepackage{bbm}
  10. \usepackage{cancel}
  11. \usepackage{enumitem}
  12. \usepackage{multicol}
  13. \usepackage{pgfplots}
  14. \usepackage{tikz}
  15. \usetikzlibrary{plotmarks}


Also, if I remeber well, you recommend the use of empheq environment for equations.

Generally, how to know when a package is obsolete except asking ?
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Postby Johannes_B » Wed Mar 20, 2019 12:32 pm

Rule of thumb is to start with just the document class and add packages only whenyou need them.
With recent LaTeX, you don't need package inputenc anymore.

Empheq is for emphasising equations. I am not sure you really need it, which brings me back to where I started.
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Postby Stefan Kottwitz » Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:35 pm

Here is a list that I created and posted on the German forum

  • Old package: recommended successor
  • a4, a4wide, anysize: geometry, typearea
  • backrefx: backref
  • bitfield: bytefield
  • caption2: caption
  • csvtools: datatool
  • datetime: datetime2
  • dinat: natdin
  • doublespace: setspace
  • dropping: lettrine
  • eledmac: reledmac
  • eps, epsfig: graphicx
  • euler: eulervm
  • eurotex: inputenx
  • fancyheadings: fancyhdr
  • floatfig: floatflt
  • german: babel / polyglossia - \usepackage[ngerman]{babel}
  • glossary: glossaries
  • graphics: graphicx
  • here: float
  • hyper: hyperref
  • ifthen: etoolbox
  • isolatin, isolatin1: inputenc
  • mathpple: mathpazo
  • mathptm: mathptmx
  • ngerman: babel / polyglossia
  • nthm: ntheorem
  • ocg, ocg-p, ocgx: ocgx2
  • palatino: mathpazo
  • picinpar: floatflt, picins, wrapfig
  • prosper, HA-prosper: powerdot, beamer
  • ps4pdf: pst-pdf
  • psfig: graphicx
  • raggedr: ragged2e
  • scrlettr: scrlttr2
  • scrpage, scrpage2: scrlayer-scrpage
  • seminar: powerdot, beamer
  • sistyle, siunit: siunitx
  • subfigure: subfig, subcaption
  • t1enc: fontenc mit Option T1 - \usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
  • times: mathptmx, txfonts, txfontsb
  • ucs: inputenc, inputencx with [utf8] option (no package needed with newer LaTeX, as utf8 is the default)
  • utopia: fourier
  • vmargin: geometry, typearea

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Postby thomasb » Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:45 am

Once, I picked a bit of code on the net, and when the document was over I figured out the package was obsolete...

You should freeze the list in a top-post !

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