[OS X TeX] Fixme question and favorite packages

Michael S. Hanson mshanson at wesleyan.edu
Sun Jun 20 22:11:54 CEST 2004

On Jun 20, 2004, at 2:34 PM, Lisa Schweitzer wrote:

> Also, it occurs to me that it might be rather interesting to do an 
> informal poll about what packages people personally find the most 
> useful, given their most frequent use of LaTex. For example, I do 
> academic writing in the social sciences....[snip]

	Same here -- economics primarily.  FWIW, the "standard" set of 
packages I load in LaTeX (a customized template in TeXShop) for 
research papers:

\usepackage{natbib}						% For references and bibliographies
\usepackage{graphicx}					% For including graphics files
\usepackage[center,bf]{caption2}			% For placing captions on tables and 
\usepackage{rotating}					% For rotating large table and figures

\usepackage{amsmath}						% For typesetting certain math objects
\usepackage{amssymb}						% For certain math symbols and fonts
\usepackage{mathrsfs}					% For \mathscr redefined to Zapf 
Chancery-like font
\usepackage{bm}							% For bold math characters in certain fonts 

\usepackage[usenames]{color}				% For colored notes in drafts
%\usepackage{palatino,mathpazo}			% For Palatino text & math fonts
\usepackage{utopia,fourier,courier}		% For Utopia & Courier text fonts, 
with Fourier math font
%\usepackage{alltt}						% For formating computer code

\usepackage{setspace}					% For "double"-spacing text
										% For setting page dimensions

	(Hmm -- looks like the line wrap and tab settings in Mail don't match 
those in TeXShop....)  I'll probably assemble a related set for 
teaching later this summer.

                                         -- Mike

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