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Is there a way make a custom default document style in LaTeX? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: how to create a template or document class for latex? Currently, whenever I create a new document, I add a reference in the header to \input{header.tex} where ...
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Is TeX necessary if using LaTeX?

I have been using LaTeX for a little over two years now. I mostly use it to prepare homework solutions in mathematics and engineering coursework. I also use it to document my research and writing some ...
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Base a class on another class [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Defining a wrapper class for a set of document classes When writing a new class (say, journal), how can I base it on an existing class (say, scrbook)?
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Mark key-value class options as used

I have written a wrapper for the scrartcl class in the following way: \NeedsTeXFormat{LaTeX2e} \ProvidesClass{mycls}[2012/08/23] \RequirePackage{kvoptions} \DeclareStringOption{title} \...
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Possibility to pass options to packages

I am searching for a possibility to give additional options to another package. I have tried it with \PassOptionsToPackage. My idea was that I can use something like \documentclass[hyperref={...
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modular title pages

How to achieve having modular title pages in latex (xelatex), to only have to change one word in the .tex file and have it changed? All the files must be defined in the project's directory, not ...
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article wrapper class that locks down some options, passes others through

I'm writing a wrapper document class that starts with article and adds a bunch of customizations (required for a particular journal style). One of the requirements is to lock down certain options: \...
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how to create a template or document class for latex?

I need to write a document class or template, as for an article, letter, etc. Is there software for this? How do I set it up so that anyone can use my class just like \documentclass{article}?
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Introducing special signs to cls file [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to type special/accented letters in LaTeX? Can sameone provide some suggestion how to introduce special signs to cls file? I had tried to avoid this problem by trying ...
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\newcommand vs \DeclareRobustCommand

I sort of understand the difference between the two. But that's not what I'm interested in—I just want to know, which one should I use? In general, when I'm creating commands in a package or class, ...
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Access title and author in custom class [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Use the values of \title, \author and \date on a custom title page How can I access the title and author in my custom class based on article, so that I can insert them in ...
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Detect number of pages in custom class

How can I make a conditional in my custom documentclass (based on article) for when the document is only one page long? I need this because when it is only one page, I don't want to put the page ...
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Modify footer of first page in custom class

I know I can do \maketitle \thispagestyle{fancy} But I want my custom class that I am making (based on article) to do this for me. It already does pagestyle{fancy}, but I can't get it to change the ...
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ProcessOptions and ProcessKeyvalOptions

\ProcessOptions and \ProcessKeyvalOptions Which comes first? Does it matter? \ProcessOptions\relax or \ProcessOptions* What's the difference? Apparently for keyval there is only the starred version....
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Heading width are wrong if they are defined in a class

I created a new class based on the book class. In this class I use the package fancyhdr in order to define some heading content. In my document, I load my new class and then I set the page dimensions ...
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Problem when bidi & hyperref packages are used with custom document class (XeLaTeX)

There is a problem when bidi & hyperref packages are used together and custom document style is used. For example: \documentclass[unicode]{myreport} \usepackage{xltxtra} \author{Author} \title{...
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Class name that is also a trademark

I am sorry if this question is off-topic or there is a better place--feel free to move it or close with an explanation. I have no affiliation with Vistaprint. I would like to publish a class with the ...
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How does “missing \begin{document}” work?

I would like to know how does LaTeX invoke the error Missing \begin{document}. I would like to reproduce it in the sense of the following MWE (it will become a part of my own document class): \...
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Loading package twice with \RequirePackage causes “option clash”

I thought that loading a package twice with the same options cannot lead to option clash, still I get a clash in the following simple example: \documentclass{article} \RequirePackage[patch]{kvoptions}...
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How do I add an option that sets a flag to a document class?

I want to add an option that sets a flag to a document class. That is, I want to be able to type \documentclass[foo]{class} and get one type of behavior, and type \documentclass{class} to get a ...
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Beginner issues about custom class files [closed]

I am trying to write my first ugly .cls for LaTeX related to the following problem which Mike and me are trying to solve (we will post soon the link to Github for people who are interested to work ...
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Using of \usetikzlibrary in an expl3 package fails

In the example below I provided a small test package mytestpackage.sty which uses the syntax of expl3. If I use the command \usetikzlibrary inside the package I will get the error: Runaway argument? ...
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Using \usebox inside a \newcommand

I have this code: %Abstracts \newcommand{\@spanishabstractname}{{\bfseries Resumen}} \newsavebox\@sabstract \newenvironment{spanishabstract}{% \lrbox\@sabstract\minipage{1\textwidth}\...
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Where can I find spanish documentation for creating LaTeX classes?

Searching the web for spanish documentation about creating classes for LaTeX, I found this website belongs to the class of "Scientific text processing in high quality" (Procesamiento de textos ...
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Using fleqn option in a new LaTeX class

I am creating a new LaTeX class, necessarily the equations must be aligned to the left so I use the file fleqn.clo in the class code. The problem is that when using the equation environment the result ...
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Customizing LaTeX - create a document class or a package?

Are there general rules for when to create a document class vs. creating a package to customize LaTeX? Does one have benefits over the other? My specific need is to create a customized page layout, ...
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How to define a table in documentclass?

Consider a simple table in the document: \begin{tabular}{ l c r } 1 & 2 & 3 \\ 4 & 5 & 6 \\ 7 & 8 & 9 \\ \end{tabular} How we can define this table within the ...
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How to make onecolumn/twocolumn parts in a document class?

I have a simple document class adapted from article, but independent (.cls file). The document is twocolumn, but when I add a title with \newcommand\maketitle{\begin{titlepage}% \begin{center}% ...
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How to customize a document class?

In LaTeX, we modify a predefined documentclass to fit our need. I wonder how we can edit the original documentclass (e.g. article) to have our customized properties? I mean which file is responsible ...
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When to use “.sty” extension and when to use “.def”

I'm new to this forum and a recent LaTeX user. I state that, before posting here, I searched all the web through, but I was not succeeded to solve a doubt. I'm writing my own class (myclass.cls), ...
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How to write a LaTeX class file for my thesis

I want to design a new LaTeX for my college thesis, so that all students could use it. I have decent understanding of how LaTeX works. I am looking for some nice article explaining how to write a ...
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DocumentClass Writing [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Style/class tutorials I am a newbie at LaTeX. But I need start from my own text style in LaTeX. I want to setup page format, margins, paragraphs style, fonts, etc. Can you ...
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custom header text and headrule

Using mweclass LaTeX class (report based) is writing a document as follows: \documentclass{mweclass} \title{MWE} \author{J. Doe} \begin{document} \thispagestyle{mwetest} \maketitle \pagestyle{...
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Macro naming best practice?

Is there a preferred or generally accepted idiom for naming user defined macros? I notice that in the change from Tufte 3.5.0 to 3.5.2, for example, the names of the debugging macros have change, for ...
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Minimal code to support table of contents in custom class

I'm trying to create a custom class to replace the class book and need to include ToC functionality. Placing the command \tableofcontents leads to error "Undefined control sequence". Using packages ...
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How to pass a string to a class

I have a class file where I load hyperref. Now I'd like to change the content of hyperref's \pdftitle from the main .tex file on: \RequirePackage{filecontents} \begin{filecontents}{myclass.cls} \...
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How do I load a custom class in LyX?

I'm interested in making some modifications to a standard class to use as the class for many documents I'm creating, and see that one way to do this is to simply create a "wrapper class". This ...
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Advantages of a custom class over a package and environment

What are the advantages/disadvantages of defining a class over a package and environment? I have recently started to clean up some of the cruft in the preamble of my letters. The simplest solution ...
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How to set default line spacing in a .cls file?

I am writing a document class where I want to set the default line spacing to be 1.5. How can I use the setspace package to achieve this? More particularly, where in my .cls file should I mention \...
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How to set default font size in latex cls file?

I am using a custom LaTeX document class for my thesis which is derived from the report class. I'd like to set the default size of the font to 12pt, and still have the option to change it (to 10pt) ...
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own class with twocolumns activated in \ifdefined for KOMA and xelatex

I want to do something like in http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1465665/passing-command-line-arguments-to-latex-document. For better explanation I'll show a minimal running example: My test.cls: \...
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When or why should I use %% as opposed to %?

I've noticed that many (all?) style and class files have "documentation blocks" with a double comment character at the beginning of the line, %% like so instead of the usual style of comments, % ...
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\titleformat{name=\section} in documentclass

I defined a documentclass in which I redefine a heading format with (using the package titlesec): \titleformat{name=\section} This works. But if I move this \titleformat{name=\section} to a ...
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How to write a class that accepts an optional key-value pair?

a user-defined class: \ProvidesClass{preview}[2012/12/15 v 0.01 class for creating a tight PSTricks diagram] \DeclareOption*{\PassOptionsToClass{\CurrentOption}{article}} \ProcessOptions\relax \...
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Finding Information about Class Level Commands [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Documentation reference for LaTeX internal commands? I'm working on writing a company-specific class file for reports in LaTeX and I thought I would start by reading report....
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Defining a wrapper class for a set of document classes

Until now, I have been collecting my "frequently used packages", custom macros, and configurations in a personal style file. However, some of those configurations depend on the use of one of the KOMA-...
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Write new package with LaTeX2e or LaTeX3

I’m planning to create a package and I wonder if it’s better do do this with LaTeX3 syntax or the „old“ LaTeX2e, which is the one I know. Will LaTeX2e packages be supported by LaTeX3? I can give ...
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How can I check/debug a .cls file?

I am editing a .cls file in order to customize the output of a particular document. However, I am occasionally coming up against errors. Is it possible to check that my .cls file is valid (i.e. no ...
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Best practice for setting package options through class options?

I want to process my class options so as to create a (potentially long) options list for package(s) I'm loading, e.g. % set default package options here somehow \DeclareOption{myvariant}{ % set a ...
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Redefine \title command in custom class

I am currently writing a custom class that inherits from a standard class (article), and I would like to redefine the \title command, so that the end user can call it, and I would be able to get the ...