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 From: Sven Utcke Subject: Re: Ready made printable 2-page version of refcard available? Date: 09 Feb 2001 11:57:01 +0100

Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> writes:

> Dan Steinmark wrote:
> >
> > Which leads me to my next series of questions.
>

X-posted to gnu.emacs.bug...

> > Why can't we have a .ps version available that's already set up to print at
> > 3
> > columns per page, in landscape?
>
> You can see the reason in the comments at the beginning of refcard.tex.  The
> main reason is the resolution: the way refcard.ps is produced is optimized
> for the best resolution.

Is this really still true, now that most people use 600DPI or better
printers?

> I suppose it should be possible to have additional .ps files in the
> distribution formatted for the other possibilities.  Would that help?

I would think so.

> > I figured out to use either dvips or dvipdfm to produce a ps or a
> > pdf file.  But neither worked right!  First of all, the output
> > from TeX showed *3* pages, not 2,

Indeed, so it does.  7 columns instead of 6.  And also there is some
free space I doubt that it would be possible to fold things back into
6 columns as is.

> > and some of the lines are overfull.

Only one:

kogs12>/tmp% tex refcard.tex
This is TeX, Version 3.14159 (Web2C 7.3.1)
(refcard.tex [3 columns per page]
Overfull \hbox (2.4146pt too wide) in paragraph at lines 386--387
[]\eightrm When two com-mands are shown, the sec-ond is for other frame.'' |

and only by 2 points, which I think would not be a problem in
practice...

> > get to see the TOP of the pages.  It had all been cropped, and not
> > centered properly, no matter how I rotated it.

Use dvips -t landscape

> Please post all this to gnu.emacs.bug.  When you do, please include the
> exact command lines you used for TeX, dvips, and dvipdfm invocations.  FWIW,
> I use those same programs routinely, and I never had any problems printing
> the refcard in landscape mode with more than one column (don't remember
> off-hand how many columns exactly).

Hmm.  This is the refcard from 20.3, and unless you use a radically
modified (and therefore undoubtely renamed) tex I can not see how you
could _not_ get 7 columns...

BTW, I also consider it a bug that the refcard assumes letter instead
of A4.  Usefull in the US, no doubt, but pretty useless in much of the
rest of the world (yes, there _is_ a rest of the world).

Sven
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