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Auto-resize paper size during document run?

From: Oliver Corff
Subject: Auto-resize paper size during document run?
Date: Wed, 26 May 2021 21:01:33 +0200
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Dear All,

one question: is it possible to redefine the papersize _during_ a *roff
run? Simple idea: I have a text with a few huge tables, best viewed in
landscape mode, and rather than seeing the tables being truncated or
producing separate pdf files with different paper settings a temporary
redefinition of the paper size would be appreciated.

Let's assume the table is enclosed in a keep, then, if it is possible to
aquire the dimensions of the table, the keep can be issued on a separate
page, and once the keep processed, regular paper size is resumed.

It does not matter that such a file becomes virtually unprintable on an
ordinary printer. Just imagine some online journals distributed as PDF
which have similar displays, e.g. of maps and centerfolds.

Of course, I can typeset the table separately and assemble the pdf pages
by hand, but a solution totally controlled from within the groff file
would be great.

Best regards,


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