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The structure of a class or package


LaTeX2e classes and packages have more structure than LaTeX 2.09 style files did. The outline of a class or package file is:

The file says that it is a LaTeX2e package or class, and gives a short description of itself.
Preliminary declarations
Here the file declares some commands and can also load other files. Usually these commands will be just those needed for the code used in the declared options.
The file declares and processes its options.
More declarations
This is where the file does most of its work: declaring new variables, commands and fonts; and loading other files.

Rainer Schoepf
Thu Jan 8 11:51:39 MET 1998