[texhax] Questions about page layout and dimension

Jim Diamond Jim.Diamond at acadiau.ca
Tue Mar 1 16:10:16 CET 2011

On Tue, Mar  1, 2011 at 10:30 (+0800), Yue Wu wrote:

> Hi, list,

> I'm learning plain TeX, a few questions I meet is:

> 1.
> I find that \special{landscape} can produce .pdf in landscape page
> layout after going the routine TeX -> dvips -> ps2pdf, it's fine enough
> although the .dvi still isn't in landscape, any simple way, in plain
> TeX's way?

Assuming you are using 8.5 x 11 paper (A4 paper or other sizes are
left as an exercise to the diligent student :-):

\special{! /landplus90 true store}% Avoid seascape !  (PS only?)

I expect someone else will tell you that .dvi files don't really know
anything about page sizes.

> 2.
> After defining the page dimention with '\hsize=30cm \vsize=27cm', the
> produced .pdf is too large to fit for pdf reading, I can see only part
> of the document, why and how to solve it?
How are you looking at it?  The PDF readers I use all allow you to
scale the page to the size of the window on your screen.


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