Bottom margin vs. descenders question
Axel E. Retif
axel.retif at gmail.com
Tue Jul 7 23:47:02 CEST 2020
On 7/7/20 11:22 AM, Peter Flynn wrote:
> On 07/07/2020 12:59, Axel E. Retif wrote:
>> The *actual* text box (in movable type, Linotype or TeX) is bigger;
>> for example, one can not say we want a text box of 42 picas (504
>> points) in height and a baselineskip of 13 points (that would mean
>> 38.769... lines): either you have a box of 494 points (41.167 picas)
>> to get 38 lines, or 507 points (42.25 picas) for 39 lines; the latter
>> will give you about 42 picas of *visual* height to the baseline.
> I wish all designers were sufficiently good at simple mathematics to be
> able to compute this accurately. I cannot count the number of times I
> have been given a formal specification by a publisher that literally
> does not add up.
I thought I had taken the advice to give the height in points (as a
multiple of baselineskip) from Knuth himself, but I skimmed The TeXbook
and couldn't find it. Maybe it's there... I'll keep looking.
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