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Document 538

Using LaTeX packages

Version: 3.x, 4.x, 5.x - Scientific WorkPlace & Scientific Word

Most LaTeX packages extend TeX typesetting capabilities by enabling some specific behavior for your document, such as the creation of an index, the inclusion of special bibliography lists, or the use of color, the formatting of footnotes.

Package directories

When you install SWP or SW, you automatically install those packages that are included with the standard LaTeX distribution. In addition, the installation includes packages from CTAN and other sources that add specific typesetting capabilities to SWP and SW documents or that support the shells designed for certain publishers or universities. Certain packages are included in the installation only for purposes of compatibility with earlier versions of the program. Packages have an .sty extension and are loaded into the TCITeX/TeX directory and its various subdirectories at installation. The directory assignments reflect TeX convention:

Directory Contents
TCITeX/TeX/generic Input files used by many different formats.
TCITeX/TeX/LaTeX Files used with new versions of LaTeX.
TCITeX/TeX/latex209 Files used only with LaTeX2.09*.
TCITeX/TeX/plain Files used only with Plain TeX.

*Note that packages that are installed in the latex209 directory may or may not work for later implementations of LaTeX.

Most of the packages included with your installation work successfully with most SWP and SW documents; that is, you can correctly compile most SWP and SW documents to which one or more of these packages have been added, whether you are creating a device independent (DVI) file or, in Version 5.x, a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. However, even though LaTeX correctly compiles a document, you may not be able to preview it. Also, certain packages require the use of different print drivers. You may need to change your driver configuration to use certain packages.

Note, though, that when you change drivers, you tell LaTeX not to use the default driver configuration for the local LaTeX installation. If you subsequently try to compile your document in a different LaTeX installation, LaTeX will ignore the defaults for the new installation. Thus, you may need to make additional changes to your document to accommodate the new LaTeX setting. For the greatest portability, we recommend that you usually leave the driver configurations unchanged.

Using packages

When you open a document with a particular shell, the program automatically adds to the document any package that are specified for the shell. If the package you want doesn't appear in the list of packages available for your document, you can go native to add it. You can determine which packages are in use for your document.

Documents created with most document shells—that is, documents in most document classes—can accept additional packages. The order in which the packages are specified can, on occasion, affect typesetting behavior. The package documentation notes when package order is significant. Because document classes and packages can conflict, you should learn how each package interacts with other packages, with document classes, and with the program. You can also remove a package from your document if you don't need the capability the package provides.

Note Modifying the typesetting specifications can damage your document. Don't attempt extensive modifications or remove packages specified by the shell unless you are familiar with TeX and LaTeX.

Just as document classes have options, many packages have options with which you can customize document behavior still further. The options differ from package to package; you can modify the options.

Although many packages are available for use with SWP and SW documents, you may be able to obtain all the typesetting capability you need by learning to use just a few of them. In particular, these packages often prove useful: caption, chapterbib , color, endnotes, fancyhdr, float, geometry, longtable, nomencl, setspace, and wrapfig.

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Available LaTeX packages

A-B

Accents

Acronym

Afterpage

Algorithm

Algorithmic

Alltt

AMS Packages

Answers

Apacite

Apalike and Apalike-plus

Appendix

Apreambl

Array

Astron

Authordate1-4

Babel

Bar

Bibmods

Bibunits

Blkarray

Biometrics

Bm

Boxedminipage

Breakcites

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C-D

Calc

Caption

Cea

Chapterbib

Chbibref

Chicago

Cite

Color

Colortbl

Comma

Crop

Curves

Dcolumn

Delarray

Dotlessj

Doublespace

Drftcite

Dropping

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E-F

Endnotes

Enumerate

Euler

Eurosym

Everysel

Exscale

Fancybox

Fancyhdr

Fancyvrb

Fileerr

Fix2col

Flafter

Float

Fncychap

Fontsmpl

Footmisc

Ftnright

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G-H-I-J

Geometry

Graphicx

Harvard

Hhline

Hyperref

Hyphenat

Indentfirst

Inputenc

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K-L-M

Lastpage

Latexsym

Layout

Lineno

Longtable

Lscape

Ltxtable

Makeidx

Manyfoot

Mathtime

Minitoc

Multicol

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N-O

Named

Natbib

Newapa

Newpnts and Points

Nomencl

Nopageno

Numinsec

Overcite

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P-Q-R

Paralist

Parallel

Path

Pict2e

Picins

Placeins

Plain

Points and Newpnts

Portland

PSNFSS packages

Pspicture

Ragged2e

Rawfonts

Relsize

Remreset

Revsymb

Rotating

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S-T

Scalefnt

Sectsty

Setspace

Showidx

Showkeys

Showlabels

Sidecap

Slashed

Somedefs

Subfig

Subfigure

Subfloat

Supertabular

Tabularx

Textcase

Theorem

Times

Titlesec

Titletoc

Tocbibind

Tocloft

Trace

Typehtml

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U-V-W

Ulem

Url

Varioref

Verbatim

Version

Wrapfig

Ws-book-har

Ws-book-van

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X-Y-Z

Xr

Xspace

Xtab

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Last revised 11/03/06

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