[tex-live] rotating column conent of a twocolumn document

Zdenek Wagner zdenek.wagner at gmail.com
Wed Jun 17 19:43:51 CEST 2015

If you always get a pair of labels, you can do something like that
(without twocolumn but with the rotating package):

\hbox to \linewidth{%
\vbox to \textheight{\hsize .5\linewidth
  \begin{sideways}Label 1\end{sideways}}\hss
\vbox to \textheight{\hsize .5\linewidth
  \begin{sideways}Label 2\end{sideways}}}

You will have to insert some \hskip's, \vskip's and/or \centering into
the \vbox's in order to position the labels nicely.
Zdeněk Wagner

2015-06-17 19:36 GMT+02:00 hw <hw at gartencenter-vaehning.de>:
> Am 17.06.2015 um 16:44 schrieb Ulrike Fischer:
>> Am Wed, 17 Jun 2015 14:16:58 +0200 schrieb hw:
>>> I'm trying to get the content within the columns of a twocolumn
>>> document rotated by 90 degrees.
>> Why are you using twocolumn mode when you actually want the text in
>> the second column simply below the text from the first column?
> That's because there are two labels side by side spooled up on a big roll
> from which they are being fed into the printer.  The labels cannot be
> physically turned before printing them.  The size of one page in latex is of
> the height of one label and of the width of two labels (plus margins).
> Using twocolumn, I can print on the left side and on the right side of the
> page just in the way the labels are physically (and the data is) arranged.
> The content of the right (second) column must not be below the content of
> the left (first) column but to the right of the left column.
> Left and right column have different content, and each page (i. e. pair of
> columns) has different content.  The content of each pair comes from a
> single row of a table in a database.
> Under these conditions, do you see a way to print the labels side by side as
> required when printing them top-down without rotation instead of printing
> left-right, using two columns?  Perhaps is possible --- though I can't
> imagine atm how that could be done --- yet probably not without making the
> printing algorythm hilariously complicated.

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