I have a situation that I have to write a book from the material that my customer gave and she has not yet decided the layout of the book. What kind of document should I wrote that I can easily change for example

Paper size (A4 vs A5)

Font size and style

Margin sizes

Vertical space between lines

How many letters should the line on maximal length contain, such that the space between letters should be configurable?

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    Unfortunately, there is no clear answer to this question, because this depends on the material to be shown in the book. – user31729 Feb 25 '14 at 15:02
  • Oh, well the material is mostly just text. Namely, I will write hand written letters to the book. It contain also a few fractions of the form $\frac{1}{3}$ and temperatures of the form $-15^\circ C$. – novicebookwriter Feb 25 '14 at 15:15
  • Well, I suggest scrbook, the design can be changed afterwards. – user31729 Feb 25 '14 at 15:18
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    @novicebookwriter, for temperaturs better use \SI{-15}{\celsius} with the siunitx package. – quinmars Feb 25 '14 at 15:20
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It actually does not matter very much which document class you use. Most document classes can be adjust to have a different paper size either out of the box or with the help of a package. But even the decision of the document class is at this point not crucial, because you can change it later with little or no effort. Generally, I would use either memoir or scrbook. Both offer many possibilities to adjust the layout to your needs.

You can simply start to write the text, since the content does not/should not depend much on the book design. If you have long equations or tables you may have to rearrange them if your customer decides to use a different page size. What I would not do is to start creating figures. Figures depend strongly on the page size and the overall layout. Which font you use, which (text) colors you use etc.

For your last point: you can take a look into the documentation of memoir and scrbook both have some considerations about the margin sizes, font size and the text width. Also a good resource of information is the memdesign document.

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