[texhax] inserting a page of different dimensions

William Adams will.adams at frycomm.com
Wed Dec 13 16:09:41 CET 2006

On Dec 13, 2006, at 5:36 AM, martin f krafft wrote:

> is it possible to tell LaTeX (tetex here) to create a page of
> different dimensions than the rest of the document? I want something
> like:
>   \documentclass[a4paper]{article}
>   [...]
>   \begin{document}
>   page 1, which is A4 \newpage
>   \begin{a5page}
>     page 2, which will be A5 in the DVI/PS file.
>   \end{a5page}
>   page 3, now A4 again
>   \end{document}
> Thanks for any input.

This can be done XeTeX --- just insert a \special as the first  
element of a page w/ the new page size. e.g., the following works in  

page 1 is letter or A4.
Page 2 is half-letter
Page 3 is letter-sized.

That won't work w/ pdflatex, though. If you have to use that, I  
believe the best work-around would either be to trim the page (if  
smaller) manually afterwards, or to re-process several sets of  
pdflatex runs (one for each page size) merging pages using the LaTeX  
package pdfpages.


William Adams
senior graphic designer
Fry Communications

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