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Title Improving margin paragraphs and float control
Title of Series The 31st Annual Meeting of the TeX Users Group (TUG 2010)
Part Number 15
Number of Parts 35
Author Hicks, Stephen
License CC Attribution - NoDerivatives 2.0 UK: England & Wales:
You are free to use, copy, distribute and transmit the work or content in unchanged form for any legal purpose as long as the work is attributed to the author in the manner specified by the author or licensor.
DOI 10.5446/30856
Publisher River Valley TV
Release Date 2012
Language English
Production Place San Francisco, California, USA

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Abstract Authors using LaTeX to typeset books with significant margin material often run into the problem of long notes running off the bottom of the page. A typical workaround is to insert vertical shifts by hand, but this is a tedious process that is invalidated when pagination changes. Another workaround is memoir’s sidebar function, but this can be unsatisfying for short textual notes, and standard marginpars cannot be mixed with sidebars. I will discuss a solution I put together to make margin pars “just work” by keeping a list of floating inserts and placing them intelligently in the output routine. Time permitting, I will also discuss some thoughts on improving LaTeX’s float placement specifiers.

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