[texhax] Regarding margin for binding in thesis

Torsten Wagner torsten.wagner at gmail.com
Fri Apr 23 02:54:35 CEST 2010

Hi Arvind,

sorry for my late reply, I was absent for the last two days.

> I do not follow your argument. For a moment, ignore what happens in
> the middle, in the "2 page view". The way you showed the schematic in
> your first mail, the left margin of page 2 and right margin of page 3
> are of unequal length. Shouldn't they be of the same width by your own
> argument, and the schematic you plotted? (For that matter, the middle
> length is also not satisfactory - and yes, i did check by taking
> printouts of two pages, and placing them in a "2 page view".)
I do not know what happend to the schematic during the mail process. 
However, it was intended to depict the same length for the left margin 
of page 2 and the right margin of page 3.
Please find below a more detailed explanation:

Lets give numbers to the margins to avoid confusion:

     1           2   3           4
|------| Text |---*---| Text |------|
* indicate the later book-middle.
An example would be
if margin 1 and margin 4 are 1.5 inch
then margin 2 and margin 3 are 0.75 inch which gives together 1.5 inch.

As mentioned later by Alan, the rule I like to describe might be 
different from major to major or from country to country. So fare it was 
the only rule I know. Thanks to Alan to widen my view.
The rule I follow is rather nearly as old as book printing itself [1], I 
was always pleased with the result.

My respond to your request was just to make sure that you are not 
misunderstood that margins 2 and 3 smaller even after adding binding 
corrections. This was what happen to me when I came the first time along 
this. Thus, to say, even with binding correction margin 2 and 3 might 
still be smaller then margin 1 and 4.

Hope now my intention is more clear.

Best regards,


[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canons_of_page_construction

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