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This can be processed with a <code>-mode=BCOR</code> option on <code>texexec</code> to activate the binding correction, or with a <code>-mode=oneside</code> option to activate the single-sided page layout rather than the (default) double-sided version.
 
This can be processed with a <code>-mode=BCOR</code> option on <code>texexec</code> to activate the binding correction, or with a <code>-mode=oneside</code> option to activate the single-sided page layout rather than the (default) double-sided version.
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The module t-typearea.tex is available from http://pmrb.free.fr/work/OS/ConTeXt/

Revision as of 21:32, 28 December 2005

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LaTeX

The scrartcl class from the KOMA package does some fairly sophisticated calculations to determine an optimal page layout, with the text width set in terms of average characters-per-line, and the text height and location set to provide pleasing proportions based on that and the paper proportions. A sample document (with a framebox to show the text area) is simply:

\documentclass[DIVcalc,twoside]{scrartcl}
\begin{document}
\noindent\framebox{\rule{0pt}{\textheight}\rule{\textwidth}{0pt}}
\end{document}

ConTeXt

The following code duplicates the scrartcl calculations to set the text area and produces a similar sample document, again with a framed box to show the text area. Note that, because this depends on \lineheight and sets the text area width based on a measurement of a typeset alphabet, it should be applied after any font setup.

% Set binding correction value (mode=BCOR turns it on).
\doifmodeelse{BCOR}{\def\bindingcorr{3mm}}{\def\bindingcorr{0pt}}

% Set visible page width.
\newdimen\PageWidth
\PageWidth=\dimexpr(\paperwidth-\bindingcorr)

% Determine the paper aspect ratio.
\edef\Ratio{\withoutpt{\the\dimexpr(2\paperheight/(\PageWidth/32768))}}

% Set the textarea width to 2.6 alphabets.
\setbox\scratchbox\hbox{\dorecurse{26}{\character\recurselevel}}
\newdimen\Width \Width=\dimexpr(2.6\wd\scratchbox)

% Set the textarea height proportional to the width.
\newdimen\Height \Height=\dimexpr(\Ratio\Width)

% Set the margin/gutter widths to be equal on a full spread.
\newdimen\Back
\doifmodeelse{oneside}
    {\Back=\dimexpr(((\PageWidth - \Width) / 2) + \bindingcorr)}
    {\Back=\dimexpr(((\PageWidth - \Width) / 3) + \bindingcorr)}

% Set the top and bottom margins in a 1:2 ratio, ignoring headers.
\edef\Top{\the\dimexpr((\paperheight - \Height) / 3 - 3\lineheight)}

% Redefine \Height to include header and footer space.
\Height=\dimexpr(\Height + 8\lineheight)

% Set up the page layout using the calculated parameters.
\setuplayout[
     backspace=\the\Back,
     height=\the\Height,
     width=\the\Width,
     header=2\lineheight,
     headerdistance=\lineheight,
     footer=2\lineheight,
     footerdistance=3\lineheight,
     topspace=\Top]

\starttext
\framed[width=\textwidth,height=\textheight]{}
\stoptext

This can be processed with a -mode=BCOR option on texexec to activate the binding correction, or with a -mode=oneside option to activate the single-sided page layout rather than the (default) double-sided version.

The module t-typearea.tex is available from http://pmrb.free.fr/work/OS/ConTeXt/