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This document contains an overview of how to write classes and
packages for LaTeX. It does not introduce all of the
commands necessary to write packages: these can be found in either
LaTeX: A Document Preparation System or The LaTeX Companion. But it does describe the new
commands for structuring classes and packages.
- Section 2.7
- contains some general advice about
writing classes and packages. It describes the difference between
classes and packages, the command naming conventions, the use of
docstrip, how TeX's primitive file and box commands
interact with LaTeX. It also contains some hints about general
- Section 3
- describes the structure of classes
and packages. This includes building classes and packages on top of
other classes and packages, declaring options and declaring
commands. It also contains example classes.
- Section 4
- lists the new class and package
- Section 6
- gives detailed advice on how to
upgrade existing LaTeX 2.09 classes and packages to LaTeX2e.
Thu Jan 8 11:51:39 MET 1998