On 29/04/11 13:29, Thierry Bouche wrote:
> to believe that most students think *the* important thing in their
> research work is how it will be ultimately typeset...
> P> Given the office-size (A4) shape of paper required, and the margins
> P> specified by the Registrar's thesis rules, the resulting line-length is
> P> 210mm - 40mm (LH) - 30mm (RH) = 140mm (5.5in:33pc),
> I hope you're not implementing some centered text box in your layout.
> The inner margin should be wider than the outer. the main aesthetical
> problem with raggedright is imho that margins look uneven as the margin
> on the ragged edge looks still wider, so facing pages are uneven.
Theses are set one-sided. The LH margin is therefore the binding margin
on all pages, and is wider than the RH margin for that reason.
> I also hope that you're not using Times roman as it is almost unreadable
> when set at sizes bigger than 11pt.
I don't recommend it, but there is no regulation to prevent a student
> P> There is no rule specified for justified setting; am I justified in
> P> making \raggedright the default?
> depends also which \raggedright is your choice. Plain and latex have two
> different meaning for this; both imply fixed word-space, which is a
> bonus for text color and evenness, but one allows word hyphenation and try
> to limit the ragged margin fuss while the other one just forbids
> hyphenation which can yield very unpleasant paragraph shapes, especially
> for some scientific disciplines (chemistry?) where very long words can
I experimented with both LaTeX's default \raggedright and \RaggedRight
(from the ragged2e package, which allows hyphenation). Despite the
unevenness of \raggedright, I think it's preferable to allowing
automated hyphenation free rein among chemists :-)