1. domwass

I would rather recommend a documentclass like memoir or scrreprt (from KOMA-Script), since they are much more flexible than report.

• I agree, my experience with them is limited though. Thanks for the addendum.
Here is the documentation: memoir, scrreprt (KOMA script)

Best, Tom.

2. Nice post Tom. I’m actually writing a two-part (or three) on Writing the PhD thesis: the tools. Feel free to comment, I hope to update it as I write my thesis, so any suggestions are welcome.

• Thanks for the link. I just saw your post and thought I should really check out git sometimes :-). Best, Tom.

• Yes, git is awesome. It can be a bit overwhelming with all the options and commands, but if you’re just working alone, and probably on several machines, then you can do everything effortlessly with few commands.

• That’s what has kept me so far. But I’ll definitely give it a try. Thanks!

3. What a great overview. Thank you, this will come handy… when I finally get myself to start writing that thesis 🙂

• Thanks and good luck with your thesis! Tom.

4. Hi, I can recommend two important packages: lineno.sty to insert linenumbers (really helpful in the debugging phase) and todonotes (allows you to insert todo-notes for things you still have to do.)

• Hey, thanks for the tip. Too bad they don’t say anything in the documentation apart from the fact that the packages are not compatible.

Best, Tom.

5. nick

good thesis template can be also found here (free):

including living headers, empty pages, two-sided with front and main matter as well as a complete structure

• Hi Nick,

Thanks for the link to the thesis template!

Best, Tom

6. Hi Tom, I’m writing a report on spanish in LaTex, using emacs, auctex, aspell (~170pags. ~70 files included by now) and this blog is my savior every time because I’m quite new with all these.

The question: Is there anyway (other than \- in every occurrence) to define the correct hyphenation for accented words (non english characters like é)?
I have three o four accented words, about the subject of my report, that occur near 100 times each, across several files, and the \hyphenation{} command can’t handle these.

• Hi!

I was wondering what packages you load in your preamble. For a better hyphenation (and easier typing), you should use these packages:

\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage[latin1]{inputenc}
\usepackage[spanish]{babel}

See here for more details.

If this doesn’t help, please provide a minimal working example to illustrate the problem.

Thanks, Tom.