on trying to match a specified document layout via a class and/or package
massimo.pinto at enea.it
Sat Apr 24 08:44:08 CEST 2021
I have used LaTeX for many years but not enough to be able to define a document class, or a package.
At my workplace, a National Standards Institute, Quality Management includes documentation that is laid out on a pre-defined format that was prepared in Word, but ultimately it’s for producing a .pdf. In this format, the header of the first page includes a table of specified height and width, listing several pieces of information such as the document version number, the title of the document, the date of its introduction in the quality system, the name of the institute, the document format version number etc.
A second table at the bottom of the page lists the name and signatures of the person who wrote the document, any reviewers, and the Quality Manager who approved it. These tables are shown only on the front page, while on the following pages headers and footers are easier to handle. All the rest is about margins, font family and size, table of contents depth and other relatively simple items.
If I wanted to use LaTeX to write documentation to be used for Quality Management, what would be my best guess for a package and class?
At a first guess I am considering fancyhdr, but I am debating whether I should follow the approach that was described by Niall Mansfield in TUGBoat Volume 29 (2008). No. 3 - Proceedings of the 2008 Annual meeting, page 356 and ff, https://www.tug.org/TUGboat/tb29-3/tb93mansfield.pdf <https://www.tug.org/TUGboat/tb29-3/tb93mansfield.pdf>, that is using a class that is already defined (article?) and making any necessary modifications in a .sty file.
I would be grateful for any advice to get me going.
Thank you, Massimo
ENEA Casaccia Research Centre
Department of Fusion and Technology for Nuclear Safety and Security
National Institute of Ionizing Radiation Metrology
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