[OS X TeX] 1/2" margins

Themis Matsoukas matsoukas at psu.edu
Wed Oct 11 23:01:48 CEST 2006

On Oct 11, 2006, at 4:05 PM, Georg Verweyen wrote:

> Themis Matsoukas schrieb:
>>     \textwidth = 6.5 in
>>     \oddsidemargin = 0.0 in
>>     \evensidemargin= 0.0 in
>>     \textheight = 9.0 in
>>     \topmargin =-0.5 in
>> and you can play around with the numbers (I no longer remember  
>> what they mean). But that way you don't need any special packages.
> That's a good way to mess up the design completly -- »no longer  
> remember what they mean«. It is so much more complicated to say  
> \usepackage[margin=.5in]{geometry} and even worse everyone can  
> guess what this means. ;-)

It depends. To implement these margins I use the personal command  
\wide, which I define inside a custom package full of such little  
personal conveniences, and I haven't had the need to change any of  
these numbers in the last 15 years. I see your point, of course. But  
I also see the point in not having to load an entire package just to  
use one of its commands.


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