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#lang pollen
(define-meta title "page layout")
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margin-note{Page from the Kelmscott Chaucer, printed by William Morris, 1896.}
image[#:border #f "kelmscott.jpg"]
xref{Type composition} was about picking the right characters. xref{Text formatting} was about the visual appearance of those characters. This chapter is about the positioning and relationship of text and other elements on the page.
In fine printing, typographers usually get to choose the page size of their documents. But you dont most of the documents a lawyer creates will be on standard printer paper.
Thats no reason to tolerate mediocrity. English printer William Morris famously rebelled against mechanized, mass-produced typography in the 1890s. He produced a series of beautiful books intended to remind readers and writers what was possible on the printed page, in contrast to the coarse ritual of industrialized printing.
Today, the struggle continues. Word processors beckon us with default settings and templates that promise great results with no effort. But you only get out what you put in. Dont accept the defaults. You can do better.