# [texhax] current position in output

Uwe Lück uwe.lueck at web.de
Sun Dec 28 04:10:23 CET 2008

At 01:36 28.12.08, tom sgouros wrote:

>I don't know if you'll get the precision you seem to be looking for, but
>you should try playing with \pagetotal, which is a length that marks
>where you are on the page (measured from the top), and creeps up (down)
>towards \pagegoal.  When it gets to \pagegoal, the page-completing
>machinery clanks into action.  Anyway, you might experiment with those
>and see if that can't get you where you hope to go.  One little
>weirdness is that I think \pagegoal isn't set until something
>is applied to the page.
Indeed, on

\documentclass{article}
\begin{document}
A

\vspace{\textheight}
Z\the\pagetotal
\end{document}

Z appears with a large pt value, while it is very close to the top of the
second page.

>I am not aware of anything similar in the X direction, though.
So ain't I,

>Good luck,
indeed, I have always considered this more outright than Happy TeXing',
requests on this list rather express that TeXing may be very painful ...

Cheers my dears

Uwe

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