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Replacing LaTeX2e standard classes with KOMA-Script

Yuri Robbers, Markus Kohm and Rasmus Pank Roulund


KOMA is a complete replacement of the standard LaTeX2e classes. It is aimed more at European typography, but is easily configurable. Some of KOMA's extensions and ways to configure document layout are also available in other document classes, such as the LaTeX2e standard. This paper discusses just a few parts of KOMA, especially those that have to do with page layout and with writing letters.

Yuri Robbers holds a degree in Animal Behaviour and is a teacher, a researcher and a published author. He's always had a keen interest in typography, possibly because his father is a professional typographer. Ever since he discovered LaTeX in 1995, he's always done his best to avoid using word processors, and he has embarked on a quest to learn as much as possible about TeX and its derivatives and to apply this knowledge whenever possible. Contact him at

Markus Kohm worked, after finishing his degree in Computer Science, as a software developer for several years, eventually as a project leader. Nowadays he takes pleasure in running the household and being a father. His interest in typography already started in secondary school, through literature. In his spare time he has been working as a typographer, typesetter, LaTeX-consultant and class author for several years already. He has worked with LaTeX since the early nineties. KOMA-Script is just the tip of the iceberg that has been created out of his many years of helping out in TeX newsgroups and mailing lists and his profession. Markus Kohm can be reached at

Rasmus Pank Roulund was born in 1986. In the summer of 2006 he graduated from a Danish gymnasium (see:, and currently works as delivery man and warehouseman for a local medicine distributor. Next year he will study math, economics or social studies at Aalborg University. Although vanilla LaTeX is nicer than any Word document he almost instantly switched to KOMA-Script. He can be contacted at

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