[texhax] Help for my book!

t152 at vmars.tuwien.ac.at t152 at vmars.tuwien.ac.at
Mon May 5 12:09:10 CEST 2003

On Mon, 5 May 2003, Tony Mobily wrote:

> Hello everyone,
> first of all, sorry for attaching a file...
> I wrote a collection of short stories (in Italian). I would like to create
> a PostScript file, in order to print it in a book-like fashion with psbook.
> I did my very best, and I believe I got quite far (I started from
> scratch!). But now, I have seven problems I am really stuck with... :-(
> I am probably going to ask very lame questions. I apologise in advance...
> Anyway, here is the list of problems:
> 1) Page numbers should start from the preface (Prefazione), not before

with the following command you can set the pagecounter to whatever
value you desire at any place of your document:


> 2) The word "capitolo" at the beginning of each short story and from the
> TOP of each page should go - they are short stories, not chapters of a
> book! It would be nice to keep the short stories' titles at the top of each
> page

clearing the proper variable (iirc \chaptername) should help; you
will find the right name very quickly by looking through some style files
that deal with chapternames.

> 3) Each chapter *must* start from an even page (right page). If chapter 4
> finishes on a odd page (on the left), there must be two blank pages, and
> then chapter 5.

have you tried the following command:


> 4) Possibly, the numbers next to each short story in the "contents"
> ("Indice") should go

I am not sure if this is what you mean:

\chapter*{My Title}

starts a chapter without numbering

> 5) There should be no page number on the blank pages. And... is there a
> better way to have blank pages...? (I feel that I am cheating a little bit...)

the following command changes the pagestyle for the current page:


> 6) The last page, that is the back cover, should *always* be on the right
> hand side

same as question 3

> 7) The warning messages such as:
> Capitolo 15.
> [168] [169] [170] [171] [172]
> Overfull \hbox (1.88968pt too wide) in paragraph at lines 373--374
> []\OT1/cmr/m/n/10.95 Forse sta-vo moren-do, e moren-do mi furono do-nati sprazz
> Should be fixed...

Sounds as if you should shorten the line ...



> The best thing to do would be to correct the result.tex file.
> If you can give me any *partial* help, that would be really appreciated.
> Any pointer to useful pieces of information will also be highly appreciated :-D
> Merc.
> P.S.
> The file cover.eps is 0 bytes to avoid sending a big file to the mailing
> list. Please ignore the warning message by LaTex!

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