[texhax] Centering "framed box" between two columns
Philip Taylor (RHUoL)
P.Taylor at Rhul.Ac.Uk
Wed Jan 31 11:18:10 CET 2018
> I am finding it rather hard to believe that something MS Word does so
> effortlessly, is for all practical purposes, impossible in LaTeX.
MS Word and TeX are as different as chalk and cheese. What one finds
trivial, the other may find virtually impossible, but overall, TeX can
accomplish far more than MS Word, and to a far higher quality. Perhaps
you should consider a package such as Adobe InDesign, which is
/intended/ and /designed /to address such requirements.
> If I had the ability, which I don't, I would create a package that does just that.
I think you would find it both instructive and informative to
investigate what would be necessary to implement such a package. For my
own private use I have Plain TeX macros that can insert floating figures
that span two or more paragraph boundaries, but those figures must be
rectilinear; the added complexity of handling convex polygons (or worse,
such as fully analytic outlines) would be such a challenge that I might
never succeed in my remaining lifetime ...
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