[texhax] ASU Thesis/Dissertation Style File

Robert Wilson millstadtf at gmail.com
Sat Apr 4 21:55:40 CEST 2009

Purely in the interest of airing grievances,
I had a similar problem in my college senior design course. Our papers had
to adhere to the AIAA formatting guidelines. Naturally, I looked for (and
found) an AIAA LaTeX class on their website and used it in typesetting my
first paper. And then my professor complained that my paper was formatted
incorrectly. As it turns out, the style file on the AIAA website was out of
date, but if you can't trust the Official style file on the Official
website, what can you trust?

More relevantly, I was able to edit the LaTeX and BibTeX files to get the
formatting I wanted, but it wasn't easy (and required a lot of help from
this mailing list!), so if you do happen to get it working, please donate it
to the school or post it somewhere so that society may benefit.

Good Luck!
-Bob Wilson

On Sat, Apr 4, 2009 at 12:45 PM, Dorothy Jammins
<dorothy.jammins at yahoo.com>wrote:

> >> LaTeX, developed by a former ASU student,
> So according to them LaTeX was developed in ASU!
> Anyway many universities are clueless when it comes to preparing a
> document. I'm in engineering and we were told to avoid latex because it
> creates many problems and it is difficult to consistently follow the
> formatting requirements! Of course when the requirement is to *put a 1"
> space between the top margin and the header by pressing enter 5 times* it
> goes to show that the formatting guide was prepared by clueless people for
> clueless people. Similarly doublespacing, left aligned text or one font size
> for all headers and body text seem to be leftovers from the age of
> typewriters.
> >> 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),
> If the formatting hasn't changed significantly then this is the best course
> of action. Otherwise I've found that it is difficult to edit old class
> files. In my case I found 3 that were 6 to 12 years old but with no comments
> and a lot of hacks it was really difficult to bring them up to date. An
> alternative is to use a class that allows heavy customization like memoir.
> Personally I picked the report class, made some environments for the
> frontmatter and used some packages like geometry, tocloft, fancyref to
> finetune formatting.
> d
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