Another question about that troublesome blank page

Subject: Another question about that troublesome blank page
From: Stuart Burnfield <slb -at- FS -dot- COM -dot- AU>
Date: Thu, 19 Jun 1997 14:39:17 +0800

> If your chapter has an odd-paged amount of content and you add that last
> blank page to make the chapter even-paged, do you make that last page
> completely blank or do you give it headers and footers? I've already
> looked at a number of books and have found it done both ways.

I found the following in my personal archives from the framers list.

> Date: Tue, 5 Sep 1995 11:00:20 -0400
> Subject: no folio on blank verso
> This is important because standard practice in book publishing is "no
> folio on blank verso" pages -- Frame Technology itself adheres to this
> convention in its own manual Using FrameMaker. . .

I can't comment on standard practice in book publishing, but this was
posted by Charles Poynton, A Guy Who Knows His Stuff.

Charles's point was that it's standard practice to leave these chapter-
filler pages completely blank, and Frame's own manual follows this, but
there's no automatic way to make FrameMaker do this.

Any book designers out there can comment?

I leave headers off blank pages for aesthetic reasons (i.e. I think
they look dumb otherwise) but that's purely personal preference.

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