[texhax] columns, tables, margins?

Edward mansager at gmail.com
Wed Jul 29 00:19:13 CEST 2009

I'm afraid I can't draw up a page, but I'll try to describe it more simply:

This is for a book where each page will have two columns, the inner columns
(holding the main content) being wider than the outter columns (holding
comments). There are some places where I need to stop using columns to span
text the length of the page.

If you can picture this, you would understand why tables with "left" and
"right" lengths won't work. The closest I've come is adjusting margins using
marginpar for the comments, but this does not allow for easily inserting
text the full length of the page.
Does this clear things up at all?

Thank you for your interest in helping,

On Tue, Jul 28, 2009 at 2:58 AM, hh <hh-brasil at bol.com.br> wrote:

> Hello,
> could you send a sample page?
> I'm not sure that I understand the real difficulty.
> hh
> Date sent:      Mon, 27 Jul 2009 18:01:31 -0700
> From:   Edward <mansager at gmail.com>
> To:     texhax at tug.org
> Subject:        [texhax] columns, tables, margins?
> > Dear all,
> > I've spent nearly the entire day looking for a solution to this problem
> in
> > vain. Not being a TeX expert, I pray someone here may help. I'm
> (seemingly
> > simply) looking for a way to create a table with two columns whose widths
> > will adjust according to even or odd page numbering. That is, I'm looking
> to
> > set "inner" and "outter" widths to a table rather than left or right.
> > tabular and multicol don't seem to do this. I've been spinning my wheels
> > trying to adjust margin widths while using marginpar, but to no avail (I
> > only need 2 columns). The nature of the document is that a great majority
> of
> > the text must exist within such tables (using identical column widths),
> > except I must also be able to enter text outside such tables assuming
> > normal page dimensions. If this makes sense, can someone please at least
> > point me in the right direction?  Any and all help appreciated! Thank you
> in
> > advance!
> > Edward
> >
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