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LaTeX Beginners Guide by Stefan Kottwitz

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Avoiding obsolete classes and packages

At the end of Chapter 10, we talked about the dangers of outdated information. LaTeX exists since decades, and so do tutorials, examples, packages, and templates. Many are totally outdated and some even refer to the old LaTeX standard 2.09, where even document classes didn't exist. In Chapter 10, we pointed to the definitive guide l2tabu that comes to the rescue.

Many problems just occur because of the use of obsolete packages. For example, some that aren't maintained any more may conflict with newer packages. Often, you just need to find the recommended successor of an obsolete package and use that.

Here's a short list for helping you in that matter:

Obsolete packages

Recommended successors

a4, a4wide, ...

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