[texhax] Placing data in margin

Jerry jerry at seibercom.net
Sat Aug 3 13:56:41 CEST 2013

This is probably a simple problem; however, I cannot find a solution.

Using "report" class, one sided, with standard 8-1/2 x 11 paper and all
margins set to 1 inch, I am creating several forms for a local
municipality. They would take the general form of:

1. Enter Name: _____
2: Enter Address _____
3: City _____ State _____ Zip _____
4: Owner's Name: _____
5: Processed By: _____ Date: _____ Fee Paid: _____

Actually, these  forms can be several pages long and quite involved.

The problem is that they want the item number, be it a number or
letter, to be located in the margin on the left side of the form. I
cannot figure out how to accomplish that. I did try the "marginnote"
package; however, no matter how I tried, I could never get it to place
a margin item anywhere but the right side of the page.

Also, I was using "tabbing" to get the items where I wanted them, since
some lines request several bits of information. This works fine except
that the horizontal space left between the "end tabbing" and the next
"begin tabbing" is greater than the normal horizontal line spacing. Is
there anyway to automatically eliminate that problem? I have been using
negative "vspace" entries. The document(s) are usually enclosed in a
"\begin{spacing}{1.4} .... \end{spacing}" block. I loaded the
"setspace" package to accomplish that. That line spacing seems about
right for hand filled in documents.

Jerry ♔

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