I have a pile of handouts and lecture notes from a course that I've been teaching every fall for a number of years, and I'm thinking of putting them together in a textbook format (I know that some people advise against writing textbooks; let's just say that I want to do this because I'll keep on teaching this course for the foreseeable future and writing a textbook now will save me time and effort in the long run). I've always thought that the Feynman Lectures on Physics has a really nice layout for a textbook, and I'd really like to reproduce it. I could spend sometime writing a class file that mimics this layout, but before I do that, I wanted to check if someone has done that already. A search on CTAN fails to return anything relevant, but perhaps I'm missing something.

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    Mike Gottlieb and Rudi Pfeiffer certainly have the LaTeX-Source. But maybe you could try tufte-latex in the meantime...
    – DG'
    Jan 15, 2015 at 10:01
  • I know about tufte-latex, but I would have to go into the .cls file and do some hacks to get some features I want (e.g., numbered chapters and sections, among others). I've written to Gottlieb and Pfeiffer, let's see if they are willing to share the LaTeX source.
    – Koldito
    Jan 15, 2015 at 13:00
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    Update: Mike Gottlieb replies: "The LaTeX manuscript of The Feynman Lectures on Physics is [...] made to support several editions having different layouts in a non-standard way - and it is proprietary. So, the answer to your question is, unfortunately, no; we don't share our LaTeX source". Dang.
    – Koldito
    Jan 15, 2015 at 13:55
  • Dang, indeed.
    – DG'
    Jan 15, 2015 at 19:15
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    Package scrlayer-notecolumn might be of help.
    – Johannes_B
    Jan 16, 2015 at 13:48

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Maybe the sidenotes-package is a solution for you (I suspect you want to put figures and notes in the margin), it gives you a lot of the features of the tufte-latex-class, like margin figures, but it can be combined with any other documentclass. Here is an example using the standard book-class with a large outer margin:

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  • Is is possible to have configuration such that if there are no margin notes for a given page, then the margin will not occupy space (that was originally allocated)?
    – blackened
    Aug 12, 2017 at 5:28
  • @blackened unfortunately this is very hard to achieve, if it is even possible. You should ask a new question!
    – DG'
    Aug 12, 2017 at 9:40
  • @blackened, A nicer solution than varying the page margins might be in that case to use wrapfigure.
    – oliversm
    May 28, 2020 at 14:13

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