Bottom margin vs. descenders question

Philip Taylor P.Taylor at Hellenic-Institute.Uk
Mon Jul 6 12:57:08 CEST 2020

Axel, I do not understand your suggestion.  Doug has stated how he 
places a ruler at exactly one inch from the bottom of an American 
letter-sized (8.5 x 11) document, as required by the forthcoming book's 
publisher.  I do not understand how the documentation of one or two TeX 
packages is in any way relevant.  There is no suggestion that 
contributors to this book are required to work in TeX [1], let alone 
required to use the "geometry" and/or "memoir" packages, so how does 
their behaviour in any way affect Doug's task ?

Philip Taylor

[1] "The motivation for it is [that Doug has] been building a custom 
program that helps vet formatting violations for paper submissions for a 
conference and its eventual proceedings in book form.  All submissions 
are PDF, but a significant number are not created using LaTeX (Word 
usually).  There's no access to the original LaTeX source or Word file, 
which remains in authors' hands.  So the editors have to inform authors 
of all the problems and get them to fix them before resubmitting."
Axel E. Retif wrote:

> On 7/5/20 3:23 PM, Doug McKenna wrote:
>> The bottom margin is not based on a multiple of \baselineskip or
>> similar.  It is based on measuring 720 pixels down from the top of an
>> 8.5" by 11" inch PDF page in PostScript coords (72/inch), to get to
>> the bottom 1" margin.
> I strongly advise you to read the documentation of the excellent 
> geometry package:
>     texdoc geometry
> in your terminal. The actual manual is about 18 pages long, the rest 
> is the «Implementation».
> Also, at least the very short chapter «Terminology» of the memoir class:
>     texdoc memoir.

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