[pdftex] Asymmetric margins

John Culleton john at wexfordpress.com
Fri Jan 23 02:08:18 CET 2004

On Saturday 03 January 2004 10:35 pm, Reinhard Kotucha wrote:
> >>>>> "John" == John Culleton <john at wexfordpress.com> writes:
> >>>>>
>     > I can use the footline routine to change the margins ...
> Is there a good reason not to use a high level macro package
> like LaTeX or Context?  In LaTeX you can set \oddsidemargin or
> \evensidemargin and Context is even better as far as the
> layout is concerned.  In plain TeX it is probably better to
> modify the output routine to distinguish between odd and even
> pages (if it doesn't it already).  Redefining \footline to set
> margins is quite ugly.
> What is so bad about LaTeX or Context?
> Regards,
>   Reinhard

Actually I am a bit of a fan of Context. For highly formatted 
documents that is my weapon of choice. For novels etc. I prefer 
pdftex because I can easily format my own chapter headings. Also 
fonts, which are a problem in all forms of TeX, are a bit more 
predictable with a simple font statement.  Context font handling 
is a bit crazy. 

I have used LaTeX when customers needed it but I find it too 
constraining and too wordy. Context is just overkill for novels 
and the page formatting routines sometimes yield wierd results 
for me. 

So I am OK with using footline etc.  for even/odd. What works, 

Thaks for your reply.
John Culleton
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