[texhax] wrapfig/floatflt/picins/other

Steve Schwartz s.schwartz at imperial.ac.uk
Fri Dec 7 12:45:41 CET 2007

On Thu, 2007-12-06 at 14:30 -0600, Bryan W. Lepore wrote:
> On Thu, 6 Dec 2007, Martin Heller wrote:
> > Bryan W. Lepore skrev:
> >> i'd like to compile an FAQ or somesuch about troubleshooting
> >> wrapfig/floatflt/picins/other to get text to flow around
> figures/tables
> >> perfectly _in_any_setting_.
> >
> > You are aware of the TeX faq?
> > <http://www.tex.ac.uk/cgi-bin/texfaq2html?label=textflow> 

This is an area I have hit on numerous occasions, with usually partial
success. IMHO it's one for which a fresh look by someone with adequate
time and expertise would be welcome (this rules me out on both counts).
As a start to Bryan's attempt to compile/extend the FAQ on this matter,
I append the text of an old posting of mine. You will also find much of
this in the texhax archives. In particular, I have tried extensively to
locate the author of picins without success. There is a helpful summary
written by Piet van Oostrum, but the package really needs an overhaul.

    -------- Forwarded Message --------
    From: Steve Schwartz <s.schwartz at imperial.ac.uk>
    Reply-To: s.schwartz at imperial.ac.uk
    To: texhax <texhax at tug.org>
    Subject: picins bug
    Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2006 17:07:08 +0000

I am using the picins package to flow text around a figure. It has the
advantage over others (wrapfig and floatflt) that it works within list
environments. However, the attached example shows that it does not
properly restore the list indentation if used in only one of the list
items. The one following the picins is ok, but the 2nd and subsequent
after that is incorrect. In two-column mode, even the 2nd item doesn't 
get indented properly.
I have a workaroud, which is to put a blank \parpic at the end of each
following item. That adds a bit of vertical space but is otherwise ok.
Another workaround would be welcome.
It would seem that the author of this package is not traceable, and the
code too dense for me to figure out what is going wrong. Has someone
else hit/solved this? It's an old (latex209?) package; version 3.0.

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