Better bibliographies

Better bibliographies: Abbreviate author names with biblatex

While I might write a post one day on why you should use biblatex for your references in LaTeX, I’d like to start a new series of post. The topic: how to make better bibliographies in LaTeX (using biblatex). Today, we’ll see that abbreviating ALL first and middle names is an easy task when using biblatex.


How to include MATLAB code in LaTeX documents

Many packages exist that allow you to include source code of different programming languages into LaTeX document. The most popular once are probably listings and fancyvrb. However, due to their aim for being as general as possible, including MATLAB source code with the right color and markup can be tedious task. Fortunately, Florian Knorn over at MATLAB Central developed a standard featured image

How to create table cells of multiple rows in LaTeX

You may have encountered the problem where you wanted to merge multiple cells in a table column. Especially in the table headers (the leftmost column), this is not unthinkable. In this post, a simple way to realize this is described. We will be using the multirow package to do this. standard featured image

12 great resources for getting started with LaTeX

After writing a five minute guide to LaTeX, I’d like to summarize some of the best resources for LaTeX beginners. When performing a Google search, you’ll find way too much information. Knowing what resources to use is key for a successful start with LaTeX and this post will help you with that.


Highlighting in TikZ plots

Elaborating plotted data and drawing conclusions from them in a (scientific) report can be cumbersome and often takes way too many words than necessary. Following the old saying ‘a picture is worth a thousand words‘, this post describes how to highlight certain areas in a TikZ plot. You’ll be able to adjust the color of the highlighted area, its layer


Update: New way of answering questions

This blog is getting more and more popular and therefore more and more comments are being posted. In order to help everyone as quick as possible, with answers that are easy to understand, I’ll use to answer questions. Since this way of answering question is a probably new to you, this post will help you with the basics. Quite


Template: bilingual document

Recently I received an email with the question for a bilingual document. I never had to write a bilingual document before, and the challenge was there. What I create is a two column document in which two languages can be used: one in the left column and one in the right column. I tried to keep things as simple and

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How to add Bibliography (and more) to Table of Contents

I often wonder why the bibliography of LaTeX documents is not shown in the Table of Contents by defaults. Happily enough, I wasn’t the only one wondering this. That is why the tocbibind package was created. This package allows one to add the bibliography to the ToC. But wait, there more!