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10.13. The preface environment

This environment is part of the front matter, so it is numbered with lowercase Roman numerals. Structurally it is similar to Section 10.5, “The abstract environment”, except for page numbering.

nmtthesis2015.sty
%
% - - -   { p r e f a c e }
%
\newenvironment{preface}%
{% preface prologue
  \clearpage
  \internal@chapter*{PREFACE}
}% preface prologue
{% preface epilogue
  \par\vfill

The final \clearpage is necessary because the preface must have lowercase Roman page numbering. The next user command is supposed be a \chapter, so we want to number the last page of the preface before the switch to Arabic page numbers.

nmtthesis2015.sty
  \clearpage
}% preface epilogue