I would like to have the exact same headers, fonts etc. as in the "tufte-book" documentclass for all my \chapters, \sections and \subsections etc. using the "book" documentclass. Therefore, I have tried:

  • Using "tufte-book" documentclass but removing the margin. Impossible ???
  • Trying to find the definitions in the tufte-book and redefining new commands for all my \sections etc. in the "book" documentclass
  • Using "book" documentclass and playing around with these packages: \usepackage{mathpazo}, \usepackage[scaled=0.90]{helvet} \usepackage[scaled=0.85]{beramono}, \usepackage{amsmath, amssymb, amsfonts}.

This did not output the exact same fonts as in tufte-book, however. So, my questions are:

  • How do I find a way to mimic the tufte-fonts in my documentclass?
  • Do my approaches make sense or are there alternative approaches?
  • How do I redefine commands and where do I find the original font definitions in the source code of the class?

Thank you everyone in advance for any help!


Going through tufte-common.def and tufte-book.cls I see that tufte uses the fancyhdr package. For frontmatter it uses


while for mainmatter it uses

  {% two-side
    \fancyhead[LE]{\thepage\quad\smallcaps{\newlinetospace{\plaintitle}}}% book title
    \fancyhead[RO]{\smallcaps{\newlinetospace{\leftmark}}\quad\thepage}% chapter title
  {% one-side
    \fancyhead[RE,RO]{\smallcaps{\newlinetospace{\plaintitle}}\quad\thepage}% book title

You will have to replace \ifthenelse{\boolean{@tufte@twoside}} with \if@twoside etc. \plaintitle should be replaced by \@title.

I also found


although nor for xetex or lualatex.

  • Thank you very much for this hint! I fonud the bibitufte-book.cls. First, I included the package: \usepackage{fancyhdr} to the Latex code. Now, I have changed the definions of frontmatter and backmatter, e.g. like this \makeatletter \renewcommand{\frontmatter}{.........} \makeatother and also using \if@twoside ...... \fi. Still, the fonts aren't changing. Where and how can I change them? – Mui Oct 17 '20 at 22:01
  • \smallcaps was the only thing specific to the headers. – John Kormylo Oct 17 '20 at 22:19
  • There is a section in the tufte-common file % Make Tuftian-style section headings and TOC formatting \titleformat{\chapter}% [display]% shape {\relax\ifthenelse{\NOT\boolean{@tufte@symmetric}}{\begin{fullwidth}}{}}% format applied to label+text {\itshape\huge\thechapter}% label {0pt}% horizontal separation between label and title body {\huge\rmfamily\itshape}% before the title body [\ifthenelse{\NOT\boolean{@tufte@symmetric}}{\end{fullwidth}}{}]% after the title body This helps, I haven't figured it out fully, but it's another hint. – Mui Oct 17 '20 at 22:49
  • None of that refers to the header. Only the \chaptermark definition matters, and it performs no formatting. You might look at titlesec and titletoc (also loaded). I never use them myself as they are redundant and too complicated. – John Kormylo Oct 18 '20 at 19:33

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