KU Thesis LaTeX Template project

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The KU Thesis project is intended to facilitate students who would like to learn how to prepare LaTeX documents.  It is compatible with the "pdflatex" compiler and can be prepared with any LaTeX document preparation software.  It also provides a version that can be edited with LyX, a free, fun to use graphical user interface.

The KU Thesis project is composed of three parts.

  1. A LaTeX class file "kuthesis.cls".  This will govern the production of a document that is correctly formatted for submission to the Graduate Dean at the University of Kansas. 
  2. An example self-documenting dissertation template in which the title is "Please Read the Abstract".  This is an example dissertation with several chapters, graphs, and citations. It is, literally, the proof in the pudding.  The document "thesis-ku.pdf" is the output file.
  3. A LyX configuration layout file.

All of the files needed to reproduce the example document are provided as a zip file. For example, today's edition of the package is in a file named "KU-thesis-20190401.zip". This is updated regularly when new features are requested (or when errors are reported).  The new feature introduced with this version is a new environment for chapter abstracts.  This was the most widely requested feature since we started making this package. The latest zip file should be available under the Project Folder link.  Look for the zip file with the most recent date. Older versions can be obtained in the Archive folder.

The version updated 20190401 corrects a packaging error that occurred in the version that was announced 20190201.  There are no feature changes. At the current time, users of the LyX LaTeX editor will be able to compile chapters separately, but authors who work with the "raw" *.tex files will not be able to do so.  The latter group will need to compile the master document.  We are conducting follow-up research to ascertain whether this can be corrected.

Paul E. Johnson, Director, CRMDA

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