Creating a LaTeX minimal example
- Nicola L. C. Talbot
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A minimal (or minimum) working example (MWE) is a useful debugging aid if you encounter errors in your LaTeX document. (The “working” part of MWE sometimes causes confusion as the purpose of a MWE is to demonstrate what doesn’t work.) You will likely also be asked to produce a MWE if you post a question on a bug report form or forum post etc asking for help.
This document describes how to create a minimal example either by building up (starting a test document from scratch) or by hacking down (starting with a copy of a non-working document and removing parts that aren’t relevant to the problem).
This document isn’t itself a MWE.
This article was formerly at http://theoval.cmp.uea.ac.uk/~nlct/latex/minexample/.