# [OS X TeX] memoir class, Table questions, position of floats, line numbering

Fri Jun 11 16:53:57 CEST 2004

```On 12/06/2004, at 12:28 AM, Herb Schulz wrote:

>> Finally, although I don't need this right now, in biology we often
>> have
>> to submit documents that have lots of space between the lines within
>> paragraphs (double interligne in French). It is not pretty, but
>> journals want the manuscripts that way. How would you do this? And if
>> the journal also wants line numbers to appear in the left margin, can
>> this be done with LaTeX?
>>
>
> \renewcommand{\baselinestretch}{1.6} should do fine. This is a
> multiplier
> for the line spacing; setting it to two makes the spacing look much too
> large.

This is an important point that isn't understood enough. Double spacing
is an old typewriter measure and does not mean doubling the leading (or
baselinestretch). Word makes this easier by offering users the option
of singlespacing or doublespacing without telling the user what it
comes to in terms of points. It is, as Herb says, about 1.6.

Journal editors often insist on these old typewriter measurements in a
rigid way without understanding why. (They know that it looks ok if the
article is submitted in 12pt Times with 1 inch margins around the
page.) With LaTeX standard formatting (margins, font size, etc) double
spacing looks pretty awful, and doesn't increase readability.

ce la vie (or whatever)