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Re: crop marks?

From: arnold
Subject: Re: crop marks?
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2018 00:02:35 -0700
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Gavin Smith <address@hidden> wrote:

> However, they probably aren't in the right place. I don't really
> understand what the cropmarks are for in the first place. Doesn't it
> depend on what areas of a page a printer is capable of printing on,
> which depends on the printer?

When printing an @smallbook book on regular paper (as an author would
do while working on a book), the pages are (supposed to be) centered
on the larger paper. You can't tell where the physically smaller borders
really are. The cropmarks give you a visual clue as to what the end
result will really be.

> I suspect the code is wrong even for the top crop marks. [....]
> It all seems very arbitrary to me.

I would think it'd be a straightforward calculation to determine
where to place them, if indeed the @smallbook pages are centered,
or even if they start at the top like regular pages.

I don't doubt that that bit of texinfo.tex is suffering terribly from
bit rot. :-(  Maybe Karl can help?

Thanks for looking into this.  It's not at all urgent, but it'd be
nice if it got attended to sometime in the next months.

Much thanks,


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