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Defining a wrapper class for a set of document classes

When writing a new class (say, journal), how can I base it on an existing class (say, scrbook)?


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The LaTeX Companion does explain this in more detail, but here is what you basically have to do in your journal.cls:




You need to be careful when dealing with class options. I discussed this issue when using the kvoptions key-value package in https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/68475/15616. But there are also native LaTeX commands \DeclareOption, \DeclareOption* and \ProcessOptions*.


Besides the command \LoadClass there's a command \PassOptionsToClass{<options-list>}{<class-name>} that can be used before \LoadClass{<class-name>}. This is a simple beginning of your class:

\ProvidesClass{myclass}[2012/09/13 v0.1 My Class]




If you want all options user gives to myclass to be passed to article, you can used \LoadClassWithOptions{article}. However, this can have some drawbacks and I'm not sure it is always a good idea.

  • Please see the answer I linked to, for the correct way of passing options on in this case (with kvoptions).
    – bodo
    Sep 13, 2012 at 6:56

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