# [texhax] Having trouble with roman numerals

Uwe Lueck uwe.lueck at web.de
Sat Jun 13 00:09:46 CEST 2015

At 2015-06-10 05:14 +02:00, Frank Earnest wrote:
> Hello, I'm having trouble getting the numbering
> on the front pages to be roman numerals.
> Here's the text:
>
> \documentclass[11pt,oneside,a4paper]{book}
> \usepackage{draftwatermark}

Sorry, my minimalistic TeX installation does not
include draftwatermark, I am referring to what
happens without it.

> \usepackage{indentfirst}
> \begin{document}
> \frontmatter
> \pagenumbering{roman}
> \title{The tale of two obscurities}
> \author{David Niklas}
> \date{04/22/2015}
> \maketitle

You are providing code for nothing but the title
page of a book.  It would be a horrible style if
the title page had a page number.  In order to
discuss Roman page numbers, please provide text
for some front matter such as a preface.  When I
append "Preface?" to your code (w/o drafwatermark),
I do get a page with a Roman page number.

> I'm running Funtoo linux.

Are there any more Funtoo Linux runners?
Thanks for telling about the most recent 123.456th
Linux flavor.  There may be more recent Linux
flavors that are fun, too.

> If you could also tell me how to make a copyright
> it would save me another post (the current method
> I had to comment out because it did not work).

You have found a way to include a copyright statement
in a source file.  If your goal is including a
say what you expect of it.  Do you want that it is
printed on certain pages of the book?  There may be
a few pages of the book's front matter where such
statement might be acceptable.  If you are asking
for a copyright statement on the title page or on
each page of the book, I do not want to help you.

Cheers,

Uwe.