usmthesis, a LaTeX class for typesetting a Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) postgraduate research thesis.
    Copyright (C) 2005-2016  Lim Lian Tze

    usmthesis.cls         LaTeX class file
    quickstart.pdf        A quick user guide
    usmthesis.tex         Example file plus extended user guide
    usmthesis.pdf         Example PDF file of a USM thesis, will be
                          generated from usmthesis.tex and friends
    usmthesis.dvi         Example DVI file of a USM thesis, will be
                          generated from usmthesis.tex and friends
    abs-{mal,eng}.tex     Sample abstract chapters
    acknowledgements.tex  Sample acknowledgement notice
    loa.tex               Sample list of abbreviations/acronyms/symbols
    mainchaps.tex         Sample listing of main chapters
    appendices.tex        Sample listing of appendices
    chap-*.tex            Sample main chapters
    app-*.tex             Sample appendices
    mybib.bib             Sample BibTeX bibliography database file
    README                This file
    COPYING               The LPPL (LaTeX Project Public Licence)


    This code is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
    it under the terms of the LaTeX Project Public License (LPPL) as
    published by the LaTeX3 Project; either version 1.3 of the
    License, or (at your option) any later version.

    The latest version of this license is in
    and version 1.3 or later is part of all distributions of LaTeX
    version 2005/12/01 or later.

    %% IMPORTANT MESSAGE (Dec 2016)
    %% Due to the recent numerous changes requested by IPS, USM to different
    %% candidates -- often conflicting even within the same week -- without much
    %% consistency nor in black in white, I have found it increasingly difficult
    %% to maintain a coherent version. I have therefore decided to provide some
    %% options that seem to be favored by IPS on different occasions; but will no
    %% longer update the template until an updated formatting guidelines with clear
    %% instructions and concrete samples is published.
    %% Individual requests for help to modify this version for your needs will be
    %% handled on a case by case basis, depending on my mood, perhaps for a fee.
    %% Requests for help to modify past versions will NOT be entertained.
    %% Please read
    %% (Yes I'm that tired and frustrated. I know everyone just want to graduate,
    %% but I am by now genuinely put off by the tone of some requests with rude
    %% attitudes, unclear descriptions, flip-flopping conditions, etc for something
    %% that was originally for my own use.)
    %% Usmthesis _was_ fun; but it has ceased to be so for me.
    %% Submit a git pull request on
    %% if you wish to contribute your changes. No timeframe is set for approvals.
    %% I cannot check through any edited usmthesis.cls of any version without
    %% CVS.
    %% Oh and if you'd like to adapt this template (the .cls and/or the .tex) for
    %% your institution, that's perfectly fine, but at least keep the license
    %% (LPPL 1.3) and the original author (me) won't you? It's just normal decency.
    %% THANK you. :-)

    %% If you prefer -- and have been allowed -- to use
    %% Arial, then
    %% \documentclass[arial]{usmthesis}
    %% It's not really Arial, it's a Helvetica look-alike,
    %% but if you're not a designer nor a typographer, you
    %% probably can't tell the difference (I can't either)
    %% singespacetitle - Make title on cover and title
    %%                   page single-spaced.
    %% chapnumwords — Make chapter titles be `Chapter One'
    %% tocchapnumwords — Make the ToC use `Chaper One' too
    %%   (Engineering IPS seems to like the above two settings)
    %% tocpage   These options will add a ``Page'' label at the
    %% lotpage   top of the Table of Contents, List of Tables,
    %% lofpage   List of Figures and List of Plates respectively.
    %% loppage   I don't know lah, one moment IPS says must add at
    %%           the top of all these lists; one month later say
    %%           only the ToC, a few months later say don't add at all.
    %%           Find, mix-and-match yourself based on the instrustions you got.
    %% tocCAPSfront - Sometimes IPS wants the ``Table of Contents'', ``List of
    %%                Figures'', ``Abstract'' etc to be all-caps in the ToC;
    %%                sometimes they don't. Use this option to make them ALL CAPS.
    %% tocCAPSref - Similar to the above but for the ``References''.
    %% tocCAPSapp - Similar to the above but for the ``Appendices''.