[tex-eplain] double column miseries.
john at wexfordpress.com
Thu Aug 19 00:20:23 CEST 2004
I had a book to set where each chapter ended with a "Terms and
Concepts" page or two. the layout was double column. I treated each
entry as a separate paragraph. Some of the longer phrases occupied
two lines. I started each such table with a macro:
\hfil\bf Chapter #1: Terms and Concepts\hfil\rm\endgraf
....and ended each with a macro:
the columns were full of \Idx, \sidx statements and my own creation:
---which allowed the item to have initial caps in the column but all
lower case in the index.
Trouble is or was, I f a single item on the right hand side required a
second line, then the right hand column came up longer than the left.
Somehow I managed to confuse the column balancing act. And sometimes I
got twice the expected space after a long entry, requiring an
insertion of a \vskip -12pt to take up the extra space.
The columnfill command yielded strange results so I relied on the
Eplain \singlecolumn statement to balance the columns. When that
didn't work I just put in a big \vskip where I wanted the break to
Perhaps my whole approach to such a listing was faulty. Indeed on
certain chapters I junked the whole thing and set up a table with two
columns a la _The TeXbook_
All comments on my (mis)use of the Eplain column making facility are
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