[texhax] text in blocks

Uwe Lück uwe.lueck at web.de
Sat Aug 9 17:25:41 CEST 2008

At 02:20 09.08.08, Alexandre Almeida wrote:
>I don't know how to make the text be displayed like this:
>Book review 1      This is a big book [...]
>Book review 2      The culmination [...]
>Book review 3
>One of the drawbacks of the standard geographical organization of the 
>historical discipline (broadly defined to include economic history and 
>historical anthropology and sociology) is that scholarship about those 
>regions considered peripheral to Europe and the United States is little 
>read outside of its own subfield.
>If I type a long line in the review, the next line will be displayed below 
>the "Book review" number.

I guess the third example exemplifies a "long line" as opposed to
the upper two, but I can't see what makes it "long" ...

>In html, we use the table tags (with border=0 ). I tried to use table in 
>latex, but my document is in two columns, and the table  seems not work 
>inside two columns.

... maybe you sometimes insert <br>, sometimes not?
(Like \\ with LaTeX ...)

I think this is not a matter of TeX but of good design.
Your review tables may look fine in the html windows,
but in two-column typesetting a table in a single column
will have ugly interword spaces (or ugly ragged-right style).
A table may span columns if this kind of presenting
information is appropriate, but a review is just an article
like any other in a journal or so.

So I think you really have to choose a different design
for your reviews in two-column documents. You find
examples in almost any journal. Just start a review
with the bibliographical data typeset in more salient
fonts (or colour), with proper vertical spacing.

HTH -- Uwe.

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