[texhax] Cropping rectangle should form reference boundary for book

Lars Madsen daleif at imf.au.dk
Mon Mar 10 17:20:52 CET 2014

please use the geometry package to adjust the margins

as far as I know amsbook does not have any margins parameters on its own, the ones you mention are from the LaTeX kernel, and the have to 'fit' together

The geoemtry package does a much better job at this and has many configuration options such as handling binding etc (AFAIR)

Another this is that it will write the paper size to the output, something that the standard classes does not do.

/Lars Madsen
Institut for Matematik / Department of Mathematics
Aarhus Universitet / Aarhus University
Mere info: http://au.dk/daleif@imf / More information: http://au.dk/en/daleif@imf

From: texhax [texhax-bounces at tug.org] on behalf of Dr A K Hannaby [keith_hannaby at mathshelp.com]
Sent: 10 March 2014 17:05
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Subject: [texhax] Cropping rectangle should form reference boundary for book

When writing a book, it is an advantage to see the placement of what one writes on the finished page area – for both odd and even pages.
So I have centred (both horizontally and vertically) my cropping rectangle for my pages to be: 165 x 205 on the A4 210 x 297 page.
The A4 page is therefore no longer of any interest to me.

I would like my “binding” margin to be 26mm and the “free” margin to be 12mm
Likewise, the margin (clear space) at the top to be 14mm and at the bottom 12mm.
But no matter how I juggle the AMSBOOK parameters, I cannot properly relate the standard values like:
\setlength{\topmargin}{mm} %
\setlength{\headheight}{mm} %
\setlength{\textheight}{mm} %
\setlength{\topskip}{mm} %
\setlength{\footskip}{mm} %
\setlength{\leftmargin}{0mm} %
to the simple values I want.

It appears that some values need to be NEGATIVE to work, and also changing values sometimes produces non-linear effects.
Can someone explain, for example, which parameters are intended to be independently set as primary values, and which others are then consequential.
Alternatively, is it possible to convince Latex that the cropping rectangle is, indeed, the reference rectangle?
[I have, in fact, juggled the numbers to get what I want, but if someone asked me to change a parameter, I would again really not know where to start.]

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