[tex-live] TL2005 for Windows: paper size revisited

Paweł Jackowski P.Jackowski at gust.org.pl
Thu Mar 23 21:44:56 CET 2006

Hi All,

> Ideally, the Windows installer would offer an option to set the paper
> size before any formats are created, to avoid the problem.  If it's not
> already there ... Staszek, Pawel?  Thomas F. did something similar in
> the protext setup.

Well, it is not a task for tlpm, that was made to trace dependencies 
between packages and files in texmf trees, rather then prepare and 
configure ready-to-use TeX environment for specific system and user 
preferences. Depending on the macro package / formats / engines one use, 
such a default paper size setup is to be specified in a different place. 
For dvips it is source-independent config, in ConTeXt it is to be 
specified in the source document or cmdline option, in LaTeX i have no 
idea but probably not more then one command somewhere. And nowadays when 
we have pdfTeX that allows to specify media size explicite (and compile 
it into the format) i see no point and no place for such a default setup.

> since normally the layout depends on the papersize, it's a document 
> property so it makes sense to configure it at the document source level, 
> and not in registries or so; when print (e.g. using acrobat) the printer 
> driver can rescale the output to some local (letter, A4, whatever) print 
> paper format

Absolutely agree.

Pawe/l Jackowski
P.Jackowski at gust.org.pl

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