# [texhax] Best way to include article.cls

Chris Rowley C.A.Rowley at open.ac.uk
Mon Nov 6 15:08:59 CET 2006

```Michael

clsguide (.tex or .pdf) is the definitive reference on this.

Section A.4 of TLC2 also describes the process.

chris

> I am trying to update our journal's class file.  Till now, we have been
> using the file made for latex 2.09, making the fewest changes required for
> it to run in latex 2e.  I would like to start by including article.cls.
> What is the best way to do this?  I assume you could do
> \include{article.cls} but I want to enable the 12 pt option.  And I see
> that you have to set the options you want somehow.  Or I could just start
> our class file with the article.cls file and choose the options in the
> class file.  But then I want the 12pt clo file.  And I want to add a new
> option
> \DeclareOption{compromisepaper}
>    {\setlength\paperheight {11.5in}%
>     \setlength\paperwidth  {8.25in}}
>
> Is there any general advice on how to do this?
>
> Michael Barr
>
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