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LaTeX Cookbook by Stefan Kottwitz

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Writing a short text

While LaTeX is great for big documents, it's just as useful for smaller ones, and you get all the features to work with. Writing down homework or producing a seminar handout, for example, doesn't need book-like chapters, and the layout would not be very spacious. So we will choose a document class that suits the task at hand best.

There are class bundles that cover commonly used document types. Every LaTeX installation contains the base bundle with standard classes. There are class files for articles, books, reports, letters, and more. It is stable stuff; it has not really been changed for many years. If you don't care about the latest style, this can be sufficient. It would even run on a ten-year-old LaTeX installation.

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