[texhax] Margins and spaces

Dorothy Jammins dorothy.jammins at yahoo.com
Thu Apr 2 14:58:54 CEST 2009

I actually based my class on the report one using 7-8 other packages. I've 
implemented everything in 400 lines of code more or less and about half of 
that is new environments (for the frontmatter). I should have checked the
margins more closely earlier. I took a quick look at the memoir class before 
starting but the documentation for it was huge and I would still need to do 
under the hood changes because of some weird formatting rules. I will take 
a second look nonentheless to see what they've done.



----- Original Message ----
From: Axel E. Retif <axel.retif at mac.com>
To: Dorothy Jammins <dorothy.jammins at yahoo.com>
Cc: texhax at tug.org
Sent: Thursday, April 2, 2009 3:31:26 AM
Subject: Re: [texhax] Margins and spaces

On  1 Apr, 2009, at 10:42, Dorothy Jammins wrote:

> Hi all,
> I am writing a class for my dissertation and I have a couple of  
> questions:
> I am using the geometry package for the margins and I've noticed  
> that the top margin is with respect to the midline (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mean_line 
> ).
> Is this the correct behavior or have I done something wrong?

No, I don't think that's wrong per se, but you won't find universal  
agreement on that either. Just take a look at the really amazing  
memoir class manual ---in your terminal or Command Prompt,

texdoc memoir

The first part is one of the best works on the art of typography one  
can read.

Building a class yourself I think requires an extraordinary amount of  
time and effort you can avoid using a pre-configured class that  
closely suits your needs and adapting it with packages like geometry,  
fancyhdrs, titlesec, etc.; or maybe you would like to use the memoir  
class itself, which, though I've never used it, I understand is very  



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