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Where do I start LaTeX programming?

I'm interested in writing packages for TeX/LaTeX/XeLaTeX. I googled around, but all I found was guides or tutorials about how to prepare documents using LaTeX. I want to know how LaTeX works and how ...
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Style/class tutorials

What are some good tutorials on writing custom styles (classes) that clearly explain commands used and some of the features that TeX has to offer in the way of styles?
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Reference guide to begin writing a class and/or a package

Once a LaTeX user gets more and more skilled, and writes his/her own code, the question "Should I make a package (or a class) out of it?" will probably arise. My question is (you catch me: I'm one of ...
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What is good practice when preparing a package for CTAN?

I'm thinking of submitting a package to CTAN, and would like some hints which will help keep the path as smooth as possible for me, the CTAN administators, and the final users. Please tell me what I ...
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A cookbook in LaTeX?

I am interested in making a cookbook in LaTeX. Each page will contain a recipe, including ingredients, instructions, and a photo of the finished food. Has this been done previously? Where do I ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Trying to create simple template for novice users

I am trying to create a simple template for students to create a one page abstract. The idea is that they just define their title, author, and abstract, and another file could actually have the main ...
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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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How to adjust the size and placement of chapter heading in report class

How could I adjust the size and placement of chapter heading in my custom class? I am using report class as my base. When I used titlesec package inside my custom class, it threw error ! Package ...
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How do I document my style files?

I have many style files (and one or two class files) that I've written in my local texmf tree. Most were simple things that got me out of some trouble and which I put in to a style file in case I ...
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Macro for Declaring Variables in Class Files

I'm designing a new LaTeX class, and trying to write a convenient helper command for declaring new 'variables' for use in the class. Specifically, say I want to use a variable called \foo. I'd like ...
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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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When should I upload my new style?

I've been working lately in a new style for my university, which is heavily influenced by a pre-existing style (feupteses). However, feupteses was never meant for PhD dissertations, so I decided to ...
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Beginner needing help to create simple documentclass for traditional printed Tibetan manuscripts (Pecha)

I am delighted to see how well XeLaTeX can handle Tibetan script and want to use it for the typesetting engine for my software. The first thing I want to do is to create a simple documentclass, ...
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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 ...
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New options and loaded class options bug?

I found some odd behavior that I can't seem to get around. I'm writing a new version of a class file I did a while ago that is based on the memoir class. Now, the memoir class has two mutually ...
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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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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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Creating new class file: Where to start?

Recently, a journal I have some editorial involvement with has decided that for its 'rapid publication' outlet, it will no longer accept submissions where LaTeX has been used to format the document. ...
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Create environment within my own latex class?

How can I automate multiple choice question type in my own class in LaTeX?
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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 can I prevent LGR encoding from switching font size?

I am using 12pt fonts with what is essentially the article class. (That is, I'm using a custom class which is parasitic on article.cls.) In order to set an appropriate headheight for fancyhdr using ...
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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} ...
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how to add a document class to texstudio

I want to add a new document class to TexStudio. the document class is named "AEA" and is available in this link(the first .zip file below "Please note:") The code will look like this ...
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What is the minimal codes to create my own \documentclass derived from LaTeX's book?

I want to invoke my document class as follows: \documentclass[cymk,dvips,dvipsnames]{mybook} Internally mybook.cls includes my own packages such as mytables.sty, mypstricks.sty, etc. What is the ...
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what TeX package(s) should I use for a Church Bulletin

I create Sunday Bulletins (aka service leaflets) for an Episcopal Church each week. Currently, I use the MS Publisher (PITA) I also do some web design using Ruby. While a physics undergrad, I ...
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LaTeX document without \documentclass

I need to create a really simple document template for other people to fill in and compile (e.g., they need to provide a name and email address). I could distribute it as a .cls file and a template ...
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How can I word-wrap LaTeX warning/error output?

This question led to a new package: hardwrap In writing error messages and warnings for a package/class, I find it a pain to manually insert \MessageBreaks so that words don't get cruelly ...
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What is the best practice for arithmetic operations specially for package/class writing?

There are some possibilities to execute arithmetic operations inside a package or class. TeX TeX supports \advance, \multiply or \divide to execute arithmetic operations. However the syntax is more ...
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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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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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New class base on book class with options

I created a class of my own that uses book as base class. \NeedsTeXFormat{LaTeX2e} \ProvidesClass{manuscript}[2013/03/23 Creative writing manuscripts class] \LoadClass[a4paper,12pt,oneside]{book} ...
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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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Class/package for German documentation

I’m writing the musuos class and I’m writing the documentation with ltxdoc.cls and doc.sty which seems to work. But the documentation is in German so it’s not very nice to get (environment) in the ...
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What is the difference between \myname and \my@name while writing a .cls file?

What is the difference between \myname and \my@name while writing a .cls file? Are they equivalent? Please let me know if it is necessary to post a minimal example. Edit: Let me ask my question more ...
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Defined a new class verbatim from my preamble, but resulting document does not have identical layout

I've designed a poster layout that will most likely be used again, so I decided to define a new document class using all the settings from my preamble. However, when I compile a document using my ...
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Define variable in a class

I am trying to figure out how to use a variable in a class. From another question (Macro for Declaring Variables in Class Files) I got started. However, I find myself in need of using four lines or ...
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KOMA classes and \LoadClass

I want to create a document class based on a KOMA-Script class. If myclass.cls contains the following \ProvidesClass{myclass}[2011/08/31] \LoadClass[paper=a5]{scrartcl} then compiling a document ...
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In a package or parasitic class, when is it better to redefine a command and when is it better to define a new one?

When I'm working on a document for which I need special layout, I tend initially to accumulate a very long preamble. At some point, if I need to reuse similar layout regularly, I decide that I really ...
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Indent all the normal text

I decided to write my first own latex class that has to reproduce template used for some intenal type of documents made in word. I cannot find how to do one thing. In the template, all standard text ...
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What type of .sty or document class will be good for thesis? [closed]

I am writing my thesis but i want to write it with Latex as my University do not have a document class or .sty as i used to see other university. Could any one know the the .sty that has the under ...
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Class Design: Environment vs. Macro

I have seen What are the consideration when choosing either newcommand or newenvironment? but I think this is a little more specific. If it's a duplicate, then so be it. If the second part of the ...
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Is it possible to collect hyperref's \hypersetup argument?

Suppose you want to set, in a .sty or .cls file, some hyperref's options in case the end user loads this package. Because that's only at the begin of the document you know if hyperref has been loaded, ...
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Migrating from xkeyval to kvoptions: how to retrieve \define@choicekey? [closed]

I'm in the process of migrating a class I wrote from xkeyval to kvoptions, mainly because I'd like to provide class options whose values could be list of comma separated values: ...
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friggeri CV biblatex problem? [closed]

I am trying to compile the cv template given here I am using ubuntu 13.04, TeXStudio 2.5.2 and TeXLive 2012. I set up texstudio to use biber to compile the biblatex entries and also modified the code ...
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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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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} ...