Re: any issues to changing page size?

Subject: Re: any issues to changing page size?
From: "Dick Margulis " <margulis -at- mail -dot- fiam -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2001 13:06:52 -0400

Mandy,

Bookman has a fairly large x-height. You can go to 10/12 text with no problem.

As for the gutter, you really need to find out how this will be bound before you design the page. If it is a lay-flat binding, you need less gutter than if it is perfect bound, obviously. But if it is any sort of loose-leaf (ring, spiral, wire-o, ...) you need to accommodate that, too; so the gutter will get wider. As a bare minimum for perfect binding, I think you could get away with 3/4 inch for a book of a few hundred pages, 1/2 inch for a thinner book. Keep your text column to 5 inches or less and you should be fine.

Dick


technical -at- theverbalist -dot- com wrote:

>Hello Whr-lers
>I've been asked to change my Word doc from the standard 8.5X11 size to a
>7X9 size for the final printed, bound manual. Are there any issues I should
>be aware of before I dive in? How much of a gutter do you think I should
>leave for binding--does the gutter depend on the type of binding?
>
>And right now, my doc is in a lovely fat Bookman 12 pt font, which would
>make the printed 7X9 manual about the size of a phone book--how small do
>you think I can go on font (our end users will be youngish IT people,
>presumably with goodish eye-sight ;)?
>
>Bookishly,
>Mandy


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