Me again... very close to the layout I'm looking for already, but not quite there yet. ;-)

For chapter headers, I am trying to get this look for chapter headings:

I.C.E.'s Rolemaster


  • \thechapter centered,
  • with a solid black box (the same height as the numbers) to the left and to the right, spanning the width of the text area.
  • The name of the chapter on the next line, also centered, without the boxes.

I got the "Chapter" string removed, I got the ".0" appended to the chapter number (thanks to Stefan for helping with that one), and contentet myself with writing \chapter{MYCHAPTER} instead of trying to get LaTeX doing the uppercasing for me. I get "1.0 MYCHAPTER" written for a chapter header - so far so good.

But now I am stuck. I read and googled, and found plenty of examples using \@startsection for adding boxes around headers, lines above and lines below and backdrops behind them, getting increasingly more complex and daunting - but couldn't figure out how to do those black boxes to the left and the right of the chapter numbers.



With the titlesec package I can get you some of the way there:


I've basically copied the standard definition, but changed the third mandatory argument to \hrulefill\thechapter.0\hrulefill. What \hrulefill does is fill the available horizontal space with a rule.

With a \rule you could create your thick rules as follows: \rule{10em}{1ex} which would give a rule 10em long and 1ex thick. I don't know how to get a "thick" \hrulefill though.

I hope this goes some way towards solving your problem.

  • 2
    See this answer to another question for making a "thick" \hrulefill.
    – You
    Aug 9 '11 at 12:03
  • You could as well redefine \thechapter: \renewcommand{\thechapter}{\arabic{chapter}.0}.
    – raphink
    Aug 9 '11 at 12:19
  • @Raphink: Already did so.
    – DevSolar
    Aug 9 '11 at 12:55

Seamus and You got me on the right track. This is a combination of their hints:

% Ignore-The-Height (ith), used to avoid additional vspace
% e.g. with umlauts. See https://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/29911.

% Variable-width rulers, default width 14pt
    {\leavevmode\leaders\hrule height#1\hfill\kern0pt}


  • I changed the default height of \varhrulefill from You's link to 14pt as that is my desired default size;
  • I added a \enskip to push the boxes a bit away from the chapter numbers;
  • I added an \uppercase to the after command so I actually don't have to write the chapter title in uppercase myself.
  • I came back two months later to include this improvement and the general evolution of the solution to this answer.

The result is pretty much exactly what I were looking for:

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Thanks, guys. You are awesome.

  • I give the "correct answer" to Seamus because he got me on the right track.
    – DevSolar
    Aug 9 '11 at 12:19

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