Tufte-inspired LaTeX class

One of the things I do when I’m putting off doing a piece of writing
because I won’t enjoy it is figure out a new way to publish it
so that it will at least look good.

I ran across the Tufte LaTex
on the comp.text.tex newsgroup yesterday and
downloaded it. It really does look nice, so I’m writing the
summary of income, deductions, and expenses for the Estate of
Bonnie Rogers using it.

It’s inspired by the books of <a href="Edward Tufte,
whose design lots of people, including me, admire.

I think the package may be a work in progress, but so far the
quick outline I threw up of my document does compile and look
pretty good. I base my judgement about the work in progress on
both the question on the newsgroup and the fact that the
sample-book gives me errors instead of a PDF file on my

There probably isn’t much point using the Tufte style
if you aren’t going to have marginal notes and figures, but for
this purpose there won’t be any trouble writing marginal notes
like “Ted, you have the paperwork for the sale of the house, so
your guess about which items are expenses is better than

Another piece of distraction I found was downloading the free

Bergamo Std font
from fontsite.com. So then I
had to google things about how to use open type fonts. The
magic word for Ubuntu is that after you’ve unzipped the fonts
into a suitable directory, such as /usr/local/share/fonts, you

fc-cache -f -v

Then if you want to look at them on the screen, Abiword seems
support open type fonts better than openoffice. I had to change
permissions on both the directory and the fonts before I could
use them.

One thought on “Tufte-inspired LaTeX class”

  1. Hello.

    I’m one of the developers of the Tufte-LaTeX document classes. I was curious about the errors you encountered when trying to compile the sample book. I’d like to fix these errors as it makes for a less-than-good first impression, if nothing else.


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