This was accomplished using a database (4D) tokeep the basic information (names, dates, and family groupings),individual text files for the narratives about each individual, andthen having the database generate a LaTeX file, which TeX wouldprocess and put together in book form, generating a TOC and an indexin the usual manner.
Included also are the type specifications in a -- perhaps a much more interesting alternative to style filesand other sources given that the book was set with Buffalo TeX, an in-housepackage that has its own special control sequences and syntax.
Download the first three files to the same directory and run (pdf)latex and bibtex. The .tex file is an example thesis. The style file adheres to the University of South Carolina Graduate School's and .
If you're planning to do all of your work with LaTeX on thedepartment's machines, you don't need to copy the senior thesis classfile, or any images to your workingdirectory. Instead, just put the line
To install it as a document class on your home computer, download itand either put it in the same directory as your thesis files,or follow the instructions for your TeX installation on installing newLaTeX document classes.
Especiallywhen using macro packages like LaTeX or ConTeXt, you writeconceptually and not visually and you leave the visual aspects tothe TeX engine, which (generally) produces a PDF file.
GW 2013: I have been informed by Raphael Reitzig of two errors, which have been fixed (notes in the .tex files)GW 2016: The current distribution does not properly compile, Escher's Knot is missing.
It does not need to be complete inthat it can be compiled and that all necessary support files are there, but itshould illustrate how it was done in TeX (or MetaPost or whatever).