(j3.2006) Problem with 08-007

Bill Long longb
Wed Jan 16 12:03:44 EST 2008

I tried printing a few pages of the PDF file.  The print window verified 
that the document was for 8.5 x 11 inches, but it auto-scaled the size 
to 93% of the original to fit inside what it thought were the printer's 
settings for "margins".   I can print both with and without the scaling; 
the unscaled version leaves a margin of just 1.0 cm at the top and 
bottom.  Maybe Van's printer thought that was not enough and started 
playing games.  In any case, printing the PDF file appears to result in 
a fully useful document.


Malcolm Cohen wrote:
> On Wed, 16 Jan 2008 12:42:54 +0900, Van Snyder <Van.Snyder at jpl.nasa.gov> opined:
>>  I think it was actually generated for A4
> Nope.  Generated with "dvips -t letter",
> as the top of the .ps file says.
> And the PDF document info says the size is
>    215.9x279.4mm ... which is exactly 8.5x11in
> I didn't change anything in the LaTeX source w.r.t. this, so I would have
> been pretty surprised if it had said anything else.
>> When I open 08-007 with ghostview, it claims the paper size is "letter"
>> but when I print it, the top margin is very large and the footers landed
>> in the toner recycler bin instead of on the paper.
> If ghostview gets it right (and it does, the top and bottom margins when I
> look at them are clearly correct) why does your printer get it wrong?
> (You seem to be guessing it has a big top margin because it's A4,
> but it's not A4 and it doesn't have a big top margin.)
> I guess it's possible there is something wrong with my dvips,
> but since ghostview doesn't think so it rather points the finger at your
> printer, printer settings, or printer driver.  Or perhaps an unfortunate
> interaction between my dvips and your printer/settings/driver...
> I recommend printing from the PDF in any case, since that is the
> official version.
> My sympathy is slightly limited since everyone else in the world has always
> had to deal with printing on different-sized paper for these J3 documents.
> (Now I get it commercially printed which saves me a lot of hassle, and the
> printer always asks me what to do about the "wrong size".)  But if you or
> anyone else cannot print from the PDF or PostScript, I can drop the DVI
> file somewhere and you can play with that.
> Is anyone else having problems with this?
> Cheers,

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