Choosing a document shell
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Every SWP and SW document begins with a document shell. As you choose a shell to open a new document, keep your typesetting needs in mind, especially if you expect to create a complex document. Your installation includes an extensive collection of general purpose and specialized shells for documents of various types:
In addition to using the shells provided with the program, you can create your own shells.
Make sure the shell you choose produces the type of document you want to create. Don't attempt to write a book using a letter shell or an article using a report shell. Make sure that the shell contains the tags appropriate for your work. If you need theorem environments, choose a shell that has theorem and theorem-like item tags.
If you're unsure of your typesetting requirements, choose the Standard LaTeX shell for the type of document you need. These standard shells provide the greatest flexibility and portability. You can achieve almost any typesetting effect by beginning with a standard shell and adding LaTeX packages as necessary.
Important We strongly recommend that you begin all new documents using one of the standard LaTeX shells, unless you have a compelling reason (such as publisher's instructions) to do otherwise.
A Gallery of Document Shells, provided on your program CD as a PDF file, illustrates the appearance of sample documents that have been typeset with each shell provided with the program. Examine the samples and take note of the features they illustrate, such as the absence or presence of headers and footers, the placement of page numbers and footnotes, the size of the margins, the appearance and placement of the headings, the extent of the front matter, the use of single or double columns, and the use of single or double spacing. When you find a shell that looks appropriate, open and print a new document with the shell to see if it meets your requirements. The closer the shell fits your requirements, the easier your typesetting tasks will be.
Last revised 07/06/067. This document was created with Scientific WorkPlace.