[texhax] ASU Thesis/Dissertation Style File
sharon_baker at asu.edu
Sat Apr 4 20:27:58 CEST 2009
>>> Due to continued formatting errors associated with the style-file
>>> LaTeX, the Format Advising Service does not recommend that students
>>> continue to use it as a style guide.
>>> LaTeX, developed by a former ASU student, is available only on his
>>> personal website and is based on an outdated version of the Format
>>> Manual. The format of theses and dissertations has changed since its
>>> development, and LaTeX no longer meets the basic requirements of a
>>> recommended style guide. The check-box option for LaTeX has been
>>> removed from the Format Approval Sheet, and students are encouraged
>>> to use other style guides such as APA, MLA, Chicago, Turabian, or a
>>> field-specific journal article.
>> As near as I can comprehend that drivel, it *seems* to say that
>> you can use
>> a style that's associated with a journal in your field.
>> Assuming that your field is reasonably technical, there's an
>> chance that one or more of the main journals will have a LaTeX
>> style of
>> their own, and it seems to me that you can use that.
>> Unless, of course, I'm completely misunderstanding the
>> incomprehensible drivel.
>> Doc Evans
The problem with the statement they made is that they think that
LaTeX is a ``style guide" (like APA or MLA http://en.wikipedia.org/
wiki/Style_guide) when it is a typesetting language, a completely
As an example, let's say Microsoft Word was not the popular software
that it is (and it was not well-known), and let's say someone wrote a
Word template (following some of ASU's Thesis formatting requests,
but not all because it was outdated), and let's say many people were
beginning to submit their thesis using this outdated Word template.
Of course their formatting was wrong, but it is not Word's fault
their formatting is wrong, it's the template that needs to be changed
to accommodate the new format requirements. However, in this case,
ASU would say you can no longer use Word because it doesn't meet the
requirements of a style guide. That makes no sense because Word is
not a style guide. In the case of the LaTeX style file, the
asthesis.sty file was not continuously maintained to allow for
changes in ASU's ever-changing format requirements, but that is not
LaTeX's fault, it's the style-file that needs to be updated to
accommodate ASU's format requirements. I hope that made sense.
Anyway, I am currently using the asthesis.sty file (with hopes I can
get help from texhax to make the necessary changes to fix any
formatting issues), and I'm also using the apacite package which
allows me to use the APA style. I am in the Linguistics field so I'm
also using several other packages for printing IPA (International
Phonetic Alphabet) characters.
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