- relative locations in the document of:
- introduction chapter,
- ordinary chapters,
- conclusion chapter,
- appendix chapters,
- LaTeX strategies in case of unnumbered introduction and conclusion.
Below, I expose what sounds reasonable to my eyes and I hope other opinions will confirm or reverse mine.
IMO, the order should be:
〈introduction〉 〈ordinary chapters〉 〈conclusion〉 〈appendix chapters〉
and, particularly, 〈conclusion〉 should come before 〈appendix chapters〉 which may be very long.
Then arises the question of (un)numbering these stuffs. IMO, it is legitimate to want the introduction numbered or unnumbered but then, by symmetry, so should be the conclusion.
It is possible to achieve unnumbered introduction and conclusion by putting the former in the front matter and the latter in the back matter:
\frontmatter ... 〈introduction〉 \mainmatter 〈ordinary chapters〉 \backmatter 〈conclusion〉 \appendix 〈appendix chapters〉 ...
Two problems with this:
- the introduction, conclusion (and appendix) chapters will be unnumbered but not their subsequent (sub(sub))sections,
- the appendix chapter will be unnumbered, which is not desirable in general
(and, in this case,
\appendixis completely useless).
I looked for a better way to achieve this but I wonder if there are even better strategies.
EDIT: It must be noticed that I could here make use of personal macros but I try to avoid them and keep (possibly patched) standard macros in order to keep the "structure" features of editors (RefTeX in Emacs, "Structure View" in TeXstudio, etc.)