# [OS X TeX] Two columns

Maarten Sneep maarten.sneep at xs4all.nl
Wed Mar 24 11:45:03 CET 2004

On 24 mrt 2004, at 11:11, George Ghio wrote:

> I want to have a page layout that allows two columns of text. The
> trick is that each column must be independent of the other. In other
> words I want to be able to type in each column to provide a
> comparative critique of two books so it is no good that the left
> column jump to the right column at the end of the page. I think that I
> need to use something other than multicol to do this. Would I be right
> to think that a two column table might be a better choice.

two-column table with specification:

\begin{tabular}{p{0.48\textwidth}@{\hspace*{\fill}}p{0.48\textwidth}}
might work, but the par indentation is set to zero, you'd have to
search a bit more to get that right. In addition to this, you might
want to investigate the longtable package (so that you can have more
than one page). Note that page breaks are only possible on
"synchronization points" (i.e. a new row in the table).

I've never used it, but the ledmac package may provide the
functionality you need.

Maarten

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