[texhax] Questions about page layout and dimension

Yue Wu vanopen at gmail.com
Wed Mar 2 01:34:30 CET 2011

On Tue, Mar 01, 2011 at 11:10:16AM -0400, Jim Diamond wrote:
> On Tue, Mar  1, 2011 at 10:30 (+0800), Yue Wu wrote:
> > Hi, list,
> > I'm learning plain TeX, a few questions I meet is:
> > 1.
> > I find that \special{landscape} can produce .pdf in landscape page
> > layout after going the routine TeX -> dvips -> ps2pdf, it's fine enough
> > although the .dvi still isn't in landscape, any simple way, in plain
> > TeX's way?
> Assuming you are using 8.5 x 11 paper (A4 paper or other sizes are
> left as an exercise to the diligent student :-):
> \special{papersize=11in,8.5in}%
> \special{! /landplus90 true store}% Avoid seascape !  (PS only?)
> I expect someone else will tell you that .dvi files don't really know
> anything about page sizes.

Thanks, it work, but I find the following pages will become landscape
too, how to let it work for just current page?

> > 2.
> > After defining the page dimention with '\hsize=30cm \vsize=27cm', the
> > produced .pdf is too large to fit for pdf reading, I can see only part
> > of the document, why and how to solve it?
> How are you looking at it?  The PDF readers I use all allow you to
> scale the page to the size of the window on your screen.

I finially realize that I'm confused with the meaning of hsize, I
considered it's horizotal papersize, so the edge of the text area goes
beyond the page edge... Now I'm clear, thank you!

Yue Wu

Key Laboratory of Modern Chinese Medicines
Department of Traditional Chinese Medicine
China Pharmaceutical University
No.24, Tongjia Xiang Street, Nanjing 210009, China

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