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I am trying to customize an article class for my needs. I want to access \email{} in my class but without any success.

This is my \maketitlepage section in cls file,

\textsc{\LARGE University name}\\[1.0cm]
 \textsc{\Large Institute of Something}\\[0.5cm]
 \HRule \\[0.4cm]    
  {\huge \bfseries\@title \\[0.4cm]}

  \HRule \\[1.5cm]    
  {\large \@date}     

I also defined \email to be (took it from lncs.cls):

\def \email#1{{\tt#1}}

After using this in my article as \email{john.doe@email.com} the email is shown on the top of the titlepage, instead of the place where it should land.

I am quite new to creating own classes.

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The LaTeX kernel doesn't define \email, so there is no \@email 'out of the box'. Are you perhaps looking to define \@email (e.g. \newcommand{\email}[1]{\def\@email{#1}} then use it where it should be printed? –  Joseph Wright Sep 5 '13 at 12:53
You need to do \def\email#1{\def\@email{#1}}. {\tt#1} simply typesets the argument. –  Qrrbrbirlbel Sep 5 '13 at 12:54
@JosephWright exactly I want to define it and use it. –  tdi Sep 5 '13 at 12:58
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The LaTeX kernel defines only \author, \title and \date for saving 'meta data', for example


which therefore stores the author list as \@author for later use. Thus you can set up \email in the same way


You can then use the e-mail address(es) using \@email. I would not just use \tt: quite apart from anything else, it is deprecated in favour of \texttt/\ttfamily. Probably you are best using the \url package, e.g.





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