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LaTeX

Frequently Requested Style Files

I have received requests for style files because some LaTeX packages do not have the style files required to compile the disstemplate package. This page has links to downloadable copies of the ones required, as well as some other ones that might be of interest.

The style files are invoked by using a line with the LaTeX command \usepackage{package_name} right after the \documentclass line at the start of your main .tex file (which is disstemplate.tex in the LaTeX dissertation template package). Note: {package_name} does not include the .sty suffix of package_name.sty.

braket.sty
Macros for Dirac bra-ket <|> notation (as used in quantum mechanics) and sets {|}. Read the comments in the style file for usage information.

citesort.sty
This style file sorts bibliography citation numbers so they come out in increasing order regardless of the order in which they appear in the source. Note that it is an O(N^2) sort! It also compresses lists of successive numbers to one number range, e.g., 5,6,7,8,9 --> 5--9. Additionally, it allows line breaks within a long series of citations, eventhough that is strongly discouraged.

draftcopy.sty
This style file prints the word `DRAFT' (or the language dependent analogon) as a watermark "behind" your LaTeX text.

float.sty
Enables the float [H] option which specifies that a floating object is inserted HERE! Note: When this option is used, LaTeX ignores all of its formatting rules and does what you say, putting the entire float exactly where it is defined. Check your output to make sure it is what you want! If you are having trouble with LaTeX wanting to put a figure that's larger than roughly half-a-page, as well as all of the figures following it, at the end of a chapter, try using the command \clearpage immediately following the large figure --- and maybe a \newpage later.)

showkeys.sty
This style file causes \label, \ref, \pageref, \cite and \bibitem to print their arguments for proof reading purposes. The main feature of this style is that these labels are printed in such a way as to minimise the changes caused to the formatting of the rest of the document text.

url.sty
This style file allows one to write email addresses, hypertext links, directories/paths, etc., which normally have no spaces and thus cannot be broken across a line by LaTeX. The font may be selected using the \urlstyle command, and new url-like commands can be defined using \urldef. It has its own readme file.

The content was last updated : 2 September 2002.