2 Using dalthesis

The preamble of the LATEX input file must contain the line

    \documentclass{dalthesis}

which selects the dalthesis class. This class recognizes the following options:

10pt|11pt|12pt
Chooses the normal type size of the document. Contrary to the standard classes, the default for dalthesis is 12pt, since that is the recommended size for thesis submission.
final|draft
These options have the same effect as in the standard classes, with the exception that in dalthesis the draft option additionally executes the command \draft. (See page  16 for a description of this command.) The default is final.
notitlepage|titlepage
The notitlepage option suppresses typesetting of the thesis title page, which may be useful when printing draft copies. The default is titlepage, which includes the title page in the output.

Any other option is passed directly to the report class (the class on which dalthesis is built). Therefore, any valid option for the report class may also be used with dalthesis.

For the purposes of dalthesis, a thesis is considered to have three primary divisions: the front matter, preface matter, and main matter. The front matter is comprised of the title, signature and copyright pages; an optional dedication page; the table of contents; and the list of figures and tables. The preface matter includes the abstract and acknowledgements (though technically the acknowledgements section is not required). It can also include other material if the contents of the thesis so warrant (e.g., a list of symbols and abbreviations may be appropriate). The main matter is the remainder of the thesis. It includes the main body of text and a list of references, as well as endnotes and appendices (if applicable).


 2.1 Front Matter
  2.1.1 Basic Information
  2.1.2 Graduation and Submission Information
  2.1.3 Degree Specification
  2.1.4 Signatures
  2.1.5 Preface Material
 2.2 Main Matter
 2.3 Miscellaneous Commands
 2.4 Local Configuration
 2.5 Some Final Comments