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At 08:15 14/10/2014 -0800, Marc Grober wrote:
Is there is technical solution to running parallel text in side by side pages (the best example would be a text with a translation where you have the original on one page and the translation on the facing page. This is done easily enough in columns, but there must be some way to pass two threads of raw text to a section in which one thread is passed only to odd pages and the other only to even pages, or are we stuck with alternating the text manually and inserting a gazillion page breaks?

I don't think columns works for this, as text in the first column flows to the next column on the same page, not to the same column on another page. You'd use a two-column table to display parallel material on single pages, I think. (I do.)

One possible technique is to use linked frames. You could put a page-sized frame into each page (anchored to the page) and then link appropriate frames together. In fact, you could get away with doing this for just one set of pages, perhaps putting frames into all the right pages and linking them all together in a chain. Your left and right page text would then flow as you need. You might find this as tedious as having all those manual page breaks, but it has the advantage that as you edit the text, the two streams will flow naturally between their respective pages.

Here's another thought. How about creating two separate documents and printing them both single-sided as separate print runs on the same stack of paper? You could display both documents together on the screen whilst you were editing them.

There may be neater solutions. I'm thinking vaguely of setting a page size to represent a double-page spread, using a two-column table, and somehow getting it to print across two pages - so one column appears on each page. But I'm not sure how ...

I trust this helps.

Brian Barker

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