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I would like to jump into the cold waters of LaTeX package creation, mostly for procrastination reasons...but I haven't a clue how to start. For example, a previous question of mine got some nice answers. I would like to take one of these answers and create a package from it.

  • How do I start?
  • If others find it useful, how should I document it?
  • How do I publish it?

Perhaps I should say, I do not want anyone to do the work for me...I would much prefer an explanation on how I could do it myself!

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Well creating a simple package isn't difficult. Actually putting everything in a .sty file is already enough. See Make your own .sty files for the minimal set of headers (which are also technically optional, but should be added to any real package). –  Martin Scharrer Nov 8 '11 at 23:06
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To get an overview about packages to create a key-value-syntax see: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/26771/… –  Marco Daniel Nov 8 '11 at 23:09
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Then have a look at clsguide and dtxtut. They show the classic way to write package files. You should upload your new package to CTAN when it is finished, see What is good practice when preparing a package for CTAN. –  Martin Scharrer Nov 8 '11 at 23:09

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