Creating Let­ters Ac­cord­ing to DIN with Latex

I have been using Latex for several years as a substitute for Microsoft Word or Libre-Office. As everyone may know, we have to write infinite letters to different – external or internal – addressees. There was a moment in the past when I was fed up with the whole ‚writing a letter‘-process. Why? Because starting Word, formatting all the different parts of the letter, seems to be more time consuming than writing the content itself.

Since I have gathered enough experience with Latex from several seminar thesis and diploma submission during my studies, I started to search weather there is a German document class which I am able to use to my correspondences. And I found a very cool Latexdocument class called dinbrief  (Klaus Di­eter & Richard n.d.).

The dinbrief document class enhanced and accelerated greatly the entire ‚writing a letter‘-process.

Available Tex Live Document Production System

I assume that you have already installed a working Tex Live version on your system TexLive (Tex Users Group n.d.)

Ubuntu user, since, as it is often the case, can use the sudo apt-get install texlive texlive-lang-german texlive-doc-de texlive-latex-extra lean back and enjoy the show.

Gummi a Simple Latex Editor

I recommand Gummi  (Gummi Contributors n.d.) everyone who want to work with Latex. It is very simple to use and shows you instantly an auto-generated preview of what you have coded Gummi.

Simple Letter Template

I use this template for all letters I write:

And the result looks like that:

Additional Commands

The dinbrief  has some more commands which I want to mention. I like these commands especially when I write letters to authorities and I just want to avoid any mistakes regarding what my letter is referring to. For this purpose the creators of the document class provides some additional commands:

phone Sets the area code and phone number of the sender.
yourmail In many cases the sender has sent you an process/document identifier. Use this identifier in your document to show what your response refers to.
writer The clerk’s name who handled your issue.
sign Your sign if you have one.

Just for the demonstration purposes I adjusted the above template and add some of the described commands:

And the final document:

References

Gummi Contributors, ‘Gummi’, GitHub, accessed November 12, 2017, from <https://github.com/alexandervdm/gummi>.
Klaus Di­eter , B & Richard , G ‘dinbrief – German letter DIN style’, CTAN Comprehensive TEX Archive Network, accessed November 12, 2017, from <https://ctan.org/pkg/dinbrief?lang=de>. [Source]
Tex Users Group , ‘TeX Live’, TeX Live, accessed November 12, 2017, from <https://www.tug.org/texlive/>.

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