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These starter files can be used for writing up articles formatted in a style formatted by Edward Tufte. It uses the tufte-handout document class. See that project for more usage information. Alternatively, take a look at a sample document using the tufte-handout class.


There are a number of build dependencies for these starter files:

  • Pandoc, a universal document converter
  • LaTeX, a document preparation system
  • Optional: The font Menlo
  • Optional: The font Palatino

Installation instructions vary depending on your system. See the linked websites for more information.


  1. Copy these starter files wherever you'd like.
  2. Rename sample.md to <filename>.md
  3. Edit the TARGET variable at the top of the Makefile to equal <filename>
  4. Write your content in <filename>.md
    • Be sure to adjust the information like the title and author at the top of the file
  5. Read the Makefile's documentation.


MIT License