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You are describing the LaTeX model. You have a lot of packages. When you are lucky all the packages get well together. If you are unlucky the pacakes are slightly incompatible. And if you need to use \usepacage[spanish]{babel} then you are out of luck.

Two recent problems I had with LaTeX:

* If you put a \dfrac inside a table, the table thinks that the fraction is smaller and the line of the borders of the table collide with the numbers.

* If you need a different header height in your first page, you need some black magic macrology to get a not so good solution.

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