[Tex/LaTex] n easy way to get the \frontmatter \mainmatter, and \backmatter in a LaTeX report


I'm writing my thesis using the report class, which does not support the \frontmatter, \mainmatter, or \backmatter commands. However, I really like the idea of having Roman numeral page numbering for the abstract and other front-matter items as provided by \frontmatter. Is there an easy way to import this (or similar) functionality into the report class?

Thanks in advance for the help!

Best Answer

As egreg said, the easiest way is to use book since the main difference between book and report is that it has these commands. however if you just want the page number switching without the switch in functionality of chapter to appendix in the back matter you can simply copy the definitions from book, ignoring the @mainmatter switch:



 % \@mainmattertrue

 % \@mainmatterfalse

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