I just started a course where every student has to write some stuff as a homework (10-15 pages).To ease the creation of such a document I want to provide a template for LaTeX (as it is most spread).
I thought it would be easy when I provide a small archive where they will find a template.tex, with some basic layout settings, title page as well as some preselected packages, so they just can start typing their work. Additionally I will include some helpful latex documents in that archive and a basic directory structure. However, I wanted to make a modern template: Paying regard to l2tabu and consistency in the document was also an aim. I know I could hide most of the preamble in a separate document and let it include, but I wanted to have at least all template code in one single file.
I think a document class would be too much work/overhead for this small course <20 attendees.
How would you do that?
If you are interested on my draft: http://www.informatik.uni-leipzig.de/~math/t.zip. As the course is in german, please regard specific European settings as paper format A4, etc.