# [texhax] LaTeX

Philip G. Ratcliffe philip.ratcliffe at uninsubria.it
Thu Jul 8 11:52:54 CEST 2004

> Thanks so much for your help.  I typed in the commands I list below and it
> looks okay, but I really need it all to be vertically centered on
> the title
> page.  The \bigskip command apparently doesn't work prior to the
> first line.

Vertical skips are, by default, ignored at the top and bottom of pages as
are horizontal skips at the beginning and end of lines (for obvious

To force their observance use the \vspace* and \hspace* commands in
combination, in this case, with the \stretch command (see below).

> Is there a way to get everything to the center of the page?

Yes, try this (I've also done a little tidying):

\begin{titlepage}
\vspace*{\stretch{2}}
\begin{center}
A FRENET--SERRET APPARATUS FOR CURVES ON $\mathbb{S}^2$\\[6ex]
Thesis submitted to\\
Marshall University\\[6ex]
In partial fulfillment of the\\
Requirements for the degree of\\
Master of Arts\\
Department of Mathematics\\[4ex]
by\\ Misty D. Wood\\[4ex]
Dr.~Judith Silver, Committee Chairman\\
Dr.~Bonita Lawrence\\
Dr.~John Drost
\end{center}
\vspace*{\stretch{2}}
\end{titlepage}

> And if you
> don't mind...I have another question I can't seem to find the answer to in
> the LaTeX books I have.  I need the pages of the front matter (after the
> abstract) to be numbered with lower case Roman numerals and the
> pages of the
> body to be numbered beginning with 1.  How do I get it to number
> some pages
> continously in Roman and the others in Arabic?

\renewcommand\thepage{\roman{page}}

Some introductory remarks ...

\newpage
\setcounter{page}{1}
\renewcommand\thepage{\arabic{page}}

The body of the text ...

HOWEVER, as William suggested a different class (such as "memoir" or simply
"book") would have helped immensely.

Indeed, since "article" class does NOT support chapters, I'm wondering just
how you managed with a thesis.

Cordialmente,  Philip G. Ratcliffe

P.S.  Most of this is all really rather basic stuff and a decent read of any
of the simple manuals available free on-line would have helped.

"A mathematician is a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat which
isn't there."  --  Charles Robert