[OS X TeX] OT: letter styles or methods

Ronald Bruck bruck at math.usc.edu
Sat Aug 14 12:42:10 EDT 2004

On Fri, 13 Aug 2004, Lisa Schweitzer wrote:

> Subject: Re: [OS X TeX] OT: letter styles or methods
> From: "Lisa Schweitzer" <lschwei at ucla.edu>
> Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2004 10:13:40 -0700
> Hello all--
> Having got my dissertation out the door and mastered much of what I
> feel I need to in LaTex, I have one last thing I did in Word that I
> really liked that  I have not figured out how to do in LaTex. I am
> using TexShop on OS X 10.3, and I would like to be able to create a
> template for letters I write (cover letters for manuscripts, etc.) at
> my new university. I would like the template to mimic the letterhead
> style used.  I know I need to digitize the school's logo; is the best
> thing to do to just add that as a graphic at the top of the existing
> letter.sty class? I've looked around and various places on the web tell
> me that letter.sty is obsolete without really telling me what the
> replacement option is.)  Is this you have done? Or do you just pen your
> letters in LaTex without a style? I've looked at Kopka and Daly's
> chapter on letters, and some of the house styles they illustrate look
> quite nice.  Have you done anything like that--or do your
> universities/businesses offer templates with a house style?
> I guess I am looking more for personal opinions here (eg what you have
> found is the best way of doing this) rather than anything having
> specifically to do with the Mac. So, perhaps if you feel inspired to
> advise me, it's best done off-list so that I don't clutter any more
> than I have already.

Rather than digitize your school's logo, ask the business office 
whether there doesn't already exist a package with such a file in it.  
I work at your cross-town rival USC, and we certainly have such a 
package.  It contains innumerable Adobe Illustrator files (all of them 
are EPS), and as a bonus a couple of Adobe fonts which the University 
licensed (Frutiger and, hmm, I forget the other).

There are also innumerable RULES about how close the logo can be to the 
edge of the page, how close to another object, what the minimum size 
can be, etc etc etc.  While I've never heard of anyone being hassled 
about abusing the logo, I **do** know that there's only one place to 
get business cards with the USC logo--and it's not the USC bookstore!  
But according to the terms of distribution, USC faculty can roll their 
own (provided they follow the rules).
It's just that non-embossed cards don't look as good.

I know, I know, UCLA is probably only the school you're graduating 
from, not the school you'll be working at.  But try, when you get to 
your new campus.  And many others of the group may find THEIR school 
has such a package, too.

--Ron Bruck

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