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Which class should I use to write simple documents?

With 'simple documents' I mean short documents (about one or two pages) without the indication of author, title and dates.

Wikipedia says that minimal class should be used for debugging purpose and here I haven't found an answer to my question.

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    Opinion based, but I prefer article for general work. With the geometry package and an optional font package, it is quite versatile in its appearance. – Steven B. Segletes Sep 2 '15 at 12:48
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    article (don't use minimal unless you know what it does, and doesn't do) – David Carlisle Sep 2 '15 at 12:49
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    article or scrartcl from the KOMA-bundle. – Ulrike Fischer Sep 2 '15 at 13:01
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The default templates for the article document class commonly introduce the following:

\documentclass[]{article}

%opening
\title{}
\author{}

\begin{document}

\maketitle

\begin{abstract}
\end{abstract}
\section{}

\end{document}

The \maketitle command introduces the title, author, date components. If you do not want to have this structure you could just use the following:

\documentclass[]{article}

\begin{document}
YOUR TEXT
\end{document}

Then you can shape your document as you want (sections, alignment, margins etcetera).

Note, that there are many document classes that would allow for different settings, and of course that its not that difficult to make a document class yourself!

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    @BlackBrain, If you've a document with title only without author, you can also do so by leaving the field \author{} blank. However you may find large gap between the first section and the title, simply use : \vspace*{1in} or whatever distance you feel comfortable. – AlFagera Nov 16 '15 at 8:13

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