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Matthew Butterick of Practical Typography says that his preferred format (and, co-incidentally, the one I have to use for my technical writing class final paper) is one where

  1. Page mar­gins [are] larg­er; line length [is] short­er (about 65 char­ac­ters per line).
  2. Point size [is] smaller.
  3. Line spac­ing [is] reduced.
  4. Better fonts [are used] (Equity and Concourse)
  5. [There is only] one space be­tween sentences.
  6. Hyphenation [is] turned on [and]
  7. [There is] no underlining.

Sample PDF The sample research paper Links

Is there some predefined documentclass or style that meets the criteria above? If not, how would I implement such a style myself?

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What exactly is the question? To me it looks like your text just ends somewhere in the middle of nowhere without stating, what information your are searching for. Could you please clarify? – Benedikt Bauer Mar 25 '14 at 14:09
@BenediktBauer. I'm trying to see (a) if there's a pre-existing style that looks like this PDF I've submitted, and/or (b) how I can create such a style/layout if there's no pre-existing style. I'm not sure which tags I should have appended to this question. – Phil Hobrla Mar 25 '14 at 14:13
The points you give are very vague: just sounds like 'not a manuscript, a typeset document'. Can you tell us exactly where you are struggling? – Joseph Wright Mar 25 '14 at 14:40
Take a class of the KOMA-script bundle, e.g. scrartcl. All the items you mention have been incorporated. Read especially the pages about typearea in the manual. – Keks Dose Mar 25 '14 at 14:48
If it's a research paper you should use the style of the conference or journal. Many journals/conferences have LaTeX class/style files. – Marc van Dongen Mar 25 '14 at 16:27
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Here's a starter, built on MacTeX 2013 with the Charter font installed:

% !TEX TS-program = XeLaTeX
\usepackage[lmargin=2in,rmargin=2in]{geometry} % wider margins
\onehalfspacing % 130% spacing between lines:
% http://texblog.org/2011/09/30/quick-note-on-line-spacing/

\setlength\parindent{22pt} % indentation

\title{Butterick Example}
\author{Mike Renfro}


One Charter alphabet at 11~point measures \the\alphabetlength, and doing
some calculations, it looks like using left and right margins of about 2~inches
is going to work. Now, let's set a paragraph using some dummy text from the
\verb|lipsum| package.

\subsection{A subsection}


enter image description here

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If you use pdfLaTeX, you can just load \usepackage{XCharter} package. – Manuel Mar 25 '14 at 21:28
% put your font commands here for the fonts
... your document here

^^ this pretty much does the job. You might add \usepackage[small]{titlesec} if "small fonts" ought to apply to titles as well. Btw, in your example, there's a hyphenated word buff-er leaving only 2 letters on the next line, which is not quite good. As well, mixture of hyphenation and raggedright layout is quite strange. So I'm not sure if you really want something to look like the example text

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