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  • Fixed biblatex compatibility.


  • Removed "empty section" requirement.


  • Added compatibility with the "cleveref" package.
  • Added a "chapterbold" option that bolds all the chapter headings.
  • Fixed appendix behavior to match chapter behavior.
  • Fixed a small miscalculation in the placement of the page number on landscape pages.
  • Fixed a bug where sideways tables/figures in sequence could cause some pages to not be rotated.
  • Fixed a bug where multiple "List of Symbols" categories placed all symbols in the last category.
  • Changed Appendicies that appear within chapters to be subsections (for journal-type publications).
  • Changed the List of Abbreviations temporary filename so that it does not conflict with packages providing a List of Algorithms.


  • Fixed some issues with landscape oriented pages.
  • Fixed a bug where the \vref command stopped working properly.
  • Changed the footnote settings to be flush with the left margin.
  • The "\degree" command is now deprecated, use "\degreetitle" instead.
  • The "nolabel" option now provides better behavior in the figure/table lists.
  • Fixed an issue where using the \tabular* environment resulted in a missing caption error.
  • Removed the "pocket" appendix/contents commands, as these entries are no longer permissible.
  • Fixed an issue where chapters in the appendix section do not appear as appendices under certain circumstances.
  • Added setting to losen formatting rules for existing journal articles: "\journalarticle" and "\endjournalarticle".
  • Added new commands to help with notating journal articles in a thesis: "\authornotesymbol" and "\authornotenumbered".
  • Added two special commands for handling sections for existing articles in a thesis: "\bumpsections" and "\unbumpsections".


  • Added preliminary support for the new guidelines.
  • Changed the LyX example document encoding to UTF-8.
  • Added support for the "chapterbib" and "bibtopic" packages.
  • Changed the example table to use the default placement rules.
  • Added the ability to create "parts" as groupings around chapters.
  • Changed the "introduction" environment to be treated as a chapter.
  • Revised the equation that ensures a minimum of one "leader dot" before page numbers.
  • The list of tables and the list of figures now auto-calculate the "number" box size.
  • Fixed a rare issue where the "pocket" table of contents entries would not be displayed.
  • Combined lists are now ensured to have the same indent after the Figure/Table identifier.
  • The user may now set the bibliography style to something other than unsrtnat and authordate1.
  • Revised the equation that ensures sufficient space for the chapter/appendix numbers in the contents.
  • Equations that are followed by a paragraph starting with a lower-case letter are no-longer indented.
  • Fixed a bug where documents would not compile if the "pdfpages" package was included after the template.


  • Single-spacing is now used by default within normal tables.
  • Preliminarily incorporated the documentation into the template.
  • Fixed an issue that caused extra space after "Here Definitely" floats.
  • The template now generates an error for unreferenced figures and tables.
  • Fixed a bug where the document would not compile if hyperref was disabled.
  • Fixed where headers did not appear on every page for portrait-mode longtables.
  • Added the ability to create sub-lists for the "List of Symbols"/"Nomenclature" list.
  • The template now automatically adds the "Continued." caption for multi-page longtables.
  • Changed an instance of "\nobreakdash" (requires amsmath) to "\nobreakdashes" (normal LaTeX).
  • Wrapping a figure or table in the "landscape" environment will no-longer force a page break.
  • Added an optional "\ShowSymbolFirst" command for the "List of Symbols" (nomenclature) items.
  • Fixed a bug where the space before an in-line figure or table did not exactly match the space afterward.
  • The spacing between tables and their captions is now correct when the "center" environment is used instead of "\centering".


  • Multi-line headings are now single-spaced.
  • Added support for "\paragraph" (3rd tier section).
  • Fixed weirdness with dashes in the "List of Abbreviations".
  • Fixed where some list entries could over-flow the size box.
  • Changed default (document recommended) print scaling to "None".
  • The "math mode" font will now automatically be set to the document font.
  • Chapter headings are now appropriately one line down from the top margin.
  • Fixed a spurious space between "et al." and the comma in author-date references.
  • Fixed a bug where the space before an equation did not match the space afterward.
  • Fixed a problem where in some circumstances footnotes were not flush with the bottom margin.
  • Orphaned lines (a single line of a paragraph at the end of a page) can no-longer be generated.
  • Fixed a bug where captions did not display any reference labels when "nolabel" mode is enabled.
  • Added preliminary support for automatic equation breaking (add "\usepackage{breqn}" to the LaTeX Preamble to enable).
  • Fixed a bug where a large number of floats on the first page of a chapter could cause the "too many unprocessed floats" error.
  • Fixed a bug in the table handling that could cause the free float list to become corrupted ("too many unprocessed floats" error).


  • Fixed a mysterious compile issue with LyX 2.0.
  • Revised how blank pages are handled by hyperref.
  • Added line numbers to several of the error messages.
  • Fixed using "\includegraphics" outside of figure floats.
  • LyX now displays more accurate figure and table numbering.
  • The thesis title now vertically centers absolutely perfectly.
  • Added "\addpocketappendix" to simplify adding external appendices.
  • Fixed where the new rotation support did not enable properly in LyX.
  • Changed spelling of "acknowledgments" to the more widely used version.
  • Added "here if possible" to the default permitted float placement list.
  • Fixed a bug where equations were not properly labeled in the appendices.
  • Fixed a bug where references would sometimes split across a page boundary.
  • Paragraphs following "itemize" and "enumerate" environments are now indented.
  • Fixed a minor float placement bug when using "\csmfigure" or "\csmlongfigure".
  • Fixed a bug where automatically renaming the appendix did not always work properly.
  • Changed the appendix detection behavior to no-longer require an additional temp file.
  • Fixed indentation for multi-line chapter and appendix titles in the Table of Contents.
  • List entries can no-longer fill all the way to the page number without placing a fill dot.
  • Changed default float behavior to not place floats on the top of the first page of a chapter.
  • Fixed a bug where "author-date" references were not indented after the first line of a reference.
  • Documents will no-longer compile if a "Here Definitely" float splits the text across a page boundary.
  • Added support for LyX's built-in appendix feature (better in-editor section, figure, and table numbering).
  • Disabled "in-viewer" page rotation for sideways figures and tables (due to a currently unresolved figure placement bug).


  • Added support for the "landscape" environment.
  • Added support for the "sidewaysfigure" and "sidewaystable" environments.
  • Added an example of using the "longtable" environment for multi-page tables.
  • Fixed a bug where some multi-line equations were being double-spaced incorrectly.
  • Fixed a bug in LyX where hyperref page titles included garbage unicode characters.
  • Fixed a bug where cross-referencing an appendix did not use the correct numbering.
  • Fixed a bug where a warning for the references section was printed in the document.
  • Fixed a bug where including a float "Here Definitely" would break the 20th float later.
  • When using two-sided documents (and hyperref) printing is now set to default to duplexing.
  • Added autosort ability for "\listofsymbols" and "\listofabbreviations", see example document.
  • Fixed a bug where a significant amount of extra space would appear before equations for LyX users.
  • Fixed a bug in the LyX layout where the "setspace" package was being included after hyperref (install new LyX layout!).
  • The "\listoffiguresandtables" command now automatically outputs two separate lists when there's more than two items in either list.


  • Added support for including hyperref before the template.
  • Made including citations in captions no-longer require special code.
  • LyX no-longer requires anything in the preamble to produce a document.
  • Changed the inclusion of hyperref to use the standard \usepackage command.
  • Added an example of a child document in both the LaTeX and LyX example files.
  • Added an example of a "table of figures" shortened caption for the LyX example document.
  • When using natbib, the appropriate numerical/author-date style is now automatically included.
  • Added the "url" package to the template requirements so citations with URLs do not produce an error.
  • Changed the LyX examples for adding symbols/nomenclature/abbreviations to permit easier copying and pasting.


  • Fixed some bugs in the LyX installation script.


  • Fixed a mistake where the signature date blocks were not double-spaced.
  • Changed the BibTeX style in the LyX example to use "unsrtnat" by default.
  • Updated the template for the new caption placement guidelines (not yet posted).
  • Integrated natbib better with LyX (sort&compress is now automatically activated).
  • Added support for using the built-in LyX features for adding "List of Symbols" (nomenclature) items.


  • Added the ability to redefine the figure/table labels.
  • Fixed a bug where the "\atom" command only worked with hyperref enabled.
  • Added support for using the "listings" package without generating warnings.
  • Added additional styles to the LyX layout to reduce the amount of direct LaTeX calls.
  • Hyperref cross-references to figures now go to the top of the figure instead of the caption.
  • Fixed a bug where optional parameters were not allowed for the "biblatex" package's "\printbibliography" command.
  • Upgraded to using the newer "subfig" package instead of "subfigure" for multiple-figure floats, please note that if you are upgrading an old document you may need to remove \usepackage{subfigure} from your document preamble.


  • Added a "dedication" environment for inserting a dedication page.
  • Added a "\listofabbreviations" example to the LyX version of the template.
  • Fixed a compatibility issue when used in conjunction with the "biblatex" package.
  • Fixed hyperref bookmarks to reference before the title of a section instead of afterward.
  • Fixed a bug in "insane" mode where pages are not properly renumbered if no "\makesubmittal" call exists.
  • Added an optional parameter for the "\listofsymbols" command to re-title the section (ie. "\listofsymbols[Nomenclature]").


  • The template now generates an error when a section is empty.
  • Fixed a bug with double-spacing references when using the "natbib" package.
  • Single-sided documents no-longer generate a blank page before new chapters.
  • The "\newoddpage" command is now replaced with the standard "\cleardoublepage" command.
  • Fixed handling of LaTeX commands in the title when "automatic title triangulation" is enabled.
  • Using "manual title triangulation" with hyperref no-longer results in character encoding warnings.
  • Fixed a bug where figures and tables just before the references could float to the references page.
  • The standard "\cleardoublepage" command is now redefined to create a blank page with no page number.
  • To retain compatibility with older documents, the "\newoddpage" is now an alias for "\cleardoublepage".
  • Added an "\atom{mass number}{proton number}{symbol}{ionization}{# atoms}" convenience command for using chemical symbols in the title and chapter commands.


  • Added a "\makecopyright{year}" convenience command.
  • Fixed some incompatibilities with the "natbib" package.
  • Fixed the page numbering when there is a copyright page.
  • The "natbib" package is now used by default (in the example) for citations.


  • Added an "insane" option to disable the document format review checks (for rendering sub-documents).
  • Added a "nolabel" option to turn off the automatic addition of "Figure~" and "Table~" to figure and table references. Please note that your caption reference must match your document reference to comply with OGS guidelines.


  • Added preliminary support for the biblatex package.
  • Fixed long lists (toc, lof, etc.) when using the hyperref package.
  • Captions inside a "subfigure" are now automatically single-spaced.
  • Fixed a bug where "\cite" in a figure caption would not allow the document to compile.
  • Fixed some compatibility issues with hyperref where references were not correct internally.
  • The convenience functions "\csmfigure" and "\csmlongfigure" are no-longer included "here" [H] by default.
  • If exactly one appendix is included then the appendix label (A) is now removed. Depending on your software package you may need to manually re-compile your document (Kile will re-run automatically, WinEdit will not).


  • Added "\listofabbreviations" capability, add an abbreviation with \addabbreviation{}{}.
  • Fixed a bug where referencing a subfigure generated an incorrect reference.
  • Fixed a bug where creating an inverted pyramid title manually was disabled.
  • Fixed some minor alignment issues with automatic pyramid titles.
  • Fixed compatibility issues with the "hyperref" package.


  • Added "\listofsymbols" capability, add a symbol with \addsymbol{}{$$}.
  • The automatic inverted pyramid title should now work properly under most circumstances.
  • Fixed a bug in the detection of whether the list of tables and/or figures is required.
  • Fixed a bug where the "acknowledgements" section was being required.
  • The greater than (>) and less than (<) symbols now encode as text.


  • Now warns the user if the abstract is longer than 350 words (the limit for a PhD thesis).
  • Added preliminary support for one sided pages.
  • No-longer conflicts with the "color" package.


  • Now includes preliminary support for automatically creating the inverted pyramid title.
  • Now stops the user from including the "fullpage" package (messes with the margins).


  • Fixed a bug where "List of Tables and Figures" is displayed when there are no tables.
  • Using "subfigure" no-longer adds blank entries to the list of tables and figures.


  • List of Figures/Tables and References Cited now single-space multi-line entries.


  • Removed error when "\listoffigures" and "\listoftables" are used individually rather than using "\listoffiguresandtables."
  • Fixed equation numbering not restarting after each new chapter.


  • Added additional space between Figure and Table labels and the description in the Table of Contents.
  • Fixed Figure and Table labels in Appendices to use the correct Appendix value (ie. Figure~A.1).
  • Simplified single-siding the front matter so that "\newpage" no-longer needs to be redefined.
  • Added additional styles to the LyX layout to reduce the amount of direct LaTeX calls.


  • Correctly redefines the label created using the "\label" command for every new "section" (all chapters and subsections).
  • Automatically titles the "List of Tables and Figures" appropriately if one or the other does not exist.
  • Warns about having a "List of Tables and Figures" section if there are no tables AND no figures.
  • There is a new "\newappendixnum" and "\appendixnum" command for adding "pocket" appendices.
  • Properly single-sides the front matter when any of the sections is longer than a page.
  • Detects missing sections and generates an error forcing you to fix the problem.
  • There is a new "\appendix{<Title of Appendix>}" command for appendices.
  • Now includes examples of inserting figures and tables.


  • Redefines the "\newpage" command properly instead of using a special "\nextpage" command.
  • Detects errors such as missing "\author", "\title", "\degree", "\advisor", etc.
  • Includes a LyX "layout" file to make it easy to work directly in LyX.
  • Uses a special environment for each of the necessary components.


  • Properly automatically capitalizes the title even if there are carriage returns in it.
  • Fixed an incompatibility between the "\chapter" command and AMS-LaTeX.


  • The co-advisor (\coadvisor{}) is now optional (the signature page reflects this properly).


  • First public release.


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