[texhax] \textpos and more

Peter Davis pfd at pfdstudio.com
Tue Mar 15 19:50:52 CET 2011

On Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 9:43 AM, Peter Davis <pfd at pfdstudio.com> wrote:

> The Textpos package is a great thing, allowing me to put blocks of text
> anywhere on the page, and still get the benefit of TeX's composition within
> those blocks.
> Does anyone know of a way to specify a list of blocks, so that text would
> automatically overflow from one block to the next?  This would require
> specifying a height as well as a width for the blocks.
> Alternatively, is there any recommended way to estimate how many line would
> fit in a given height, so I can break up the text beforehand?  This would,
> of course, create problems with hyphenation on the last line of a block of
> text.
Someone suggested the flowfram package to me off-list, and it looks
fantastic.  However, from what I can tell, flowfram still supposes a single
"main" flow of text, possible with sidebars, etc.

I'd like to be able to have multiple "stories", each with an associated set
of frames to be filled in order.  The textpos package, for example, allows
you to specify a width, but not a height.  I'd like to specify a height, and
then automatically start filling another container when the first is full.

Anything remotely like that around?  (Well, obviously flowfram is remotely
like that, but, as I said, only for a single flow per document.)

Thank you!


The Tech Curmudgeon
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