# How can you define the Abstract styling in Memoir?

According to the manual for the memoir class the following determines the layout of of the abstract.

The typeset format of an abstract in a report or article class document depends on the class options. The formats are:

• titlepage class option: The abstract heading (i.e., value of \abstractname ) is typeset centered in a bold font; the text is set in the normal font and to the normal width.
• twocolumn class option: The abstract heading is typeset like an unnumbered section;the text is set in the normal font and to the normal width (of a single column).
• Default (neither of the above class options): The abstract heading is typeset centered in a small bold font; the text is set in a small font and indented like the quotation environment.

I would like my abstract to look what is desricbed in the titlepage option but it compiles as a default item. Below is a MWE but when I compile it I get;

LaTeX Warning: Unused global option(s):[titlepage]

\documentclass[11pt, a4paper, oneside, titlepage, oldfontcommands]{memoir}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage{lipsum} % just for dummy text

\begin{document}
\tableofcontents
\clearpage
\frontmatter

\thispagestyle{plain}
\begin{abstract}
\lipsum[1]
\end{abstract}

\end{document}


Is there an easy way to enforce the titlepage styling option on the abstract?

• As to the specific error, the memoir manual states "This class provides neither a titlepage option nor a titlepage environment; instead it provides the titlingpage environment which falls between the titlepage option and the titlepage environment." (currently on p.65). p.66 shows one example of styling a title page. May 16, 2015 at 15:01
• Thanks @MikeRenfro. I was only reading the Manual from chapter 5 about Abstracts which started on Page 69.
– gman
May 17, 2015 at 19:39

The description in the manual refers to the shape of the abstract that can be obtained with the standard article or report classes. It's just an introduction to the subject (thanks to Mike Renfro for having remarked this). I agree with you that it can be misleading.

You have rather to set the parameters \absleftindent and \absrightindent. You can also do \abstractintoc so the abstract will be automatically added to the table of contents.

Use \tableofcontents*, or the TOC itself will be listed in the TOC, which is absurd.

\documentclass[11pt, a4paper, oneside, oldfontcommands]{memoir}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage{lipsum} % just for dummy text
\usepackage[pass,showframe]{geometry} % for showing the page boundaries

\setlength{\absleftindent}{0pt}
\setlength{\absrightindent}{0pt}
\abstractintoc

\begin{document}
\frontmatter

\tableofcontents*

\clearpage
\thispagestyle{plain}

\begin{abstract}
\lipsum[1]
\end{abstract}

\end{document}


• The documentation in the question is correct, but it's referring to the standard document classes and their implementation of abstracts ("The typeset format of an abstract in a report or article class document"), as a lead-in to memoir's different implementation. May 16, 2015 at 21:55
• @MikeRenfro Thanks. After rereading the manual I see you're right, but I still think that this has escaped revision, because it could be clearer; maybe moved forward, with examples for emulating in memoir the behavior of the standard classes. May 16, 2015 at 22:08