I am in the process of writing up a PhD thesis (on an Engineering topic) in the LyX environment, and I'm trying to decide what class/layout to use. I'm new to LyX & LaTeX.
My supervisor seems to have fairly rigid requirements on what the document looks like:
- Approx. 2.5cm margin each side of pages
- All chapter, section headings to be left aligned. No paragraph indents
- Very plain (read: ugly) format, typically a Times font with 1.5 spacing, etc. etc.
I have worked so far using the template Lyx template for UNSW thesis, which is close to what I need, but the layout file seems to use the
amsbook document class. It does not seem straightforward (or very transparent) to make the few style changes I need.
Basically, I just want to get the format nice (as nice as I can make it within the bounds of what my supervisor will accept). I don't want to mess around too much with styles.
Can you recommend a template I should use, or document class I should use, given these constraints? I have read a bit about the
memoir class, but I'm not sure if that is the best option. Alternatively, I have read about
KOMA-Script classes, which are maybe another option?
Keen for your insight – because at the moment I'm not sure whether I should try to battle on with the template I'm using (try to fix up chapter headings, figure labels, etc), or start from scratch using something else. I don't want to mess around for a long time, before realising I should have just started off with a different class/template.