# How to change looks of margin notes using memoir?

I have spent some time now trying to figure out how to change the looks of the margin notes produced by the memoir class. I would like to try ragged right and ragged left in italics (so they align with the magin on each page) but I can't even begin to effect the looks of them even a little.

Page 250 of the memoir documentation has made me believe the following example code should change the look of them but no such luck:

\documentclass{memoir}

\newcommand*{\sideparform}{\raggedleft}
\newcommand*{\sideparfont}{\itshape}

\begin{document}

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\end{document}


Clearly I am doing something wrong, and it's probably going to be emberassing to find out, but please, what is it? :)

EDIT

Based on the answer by Seamus I came up with this:

\newcommand\mymarginpar[1]{
\marginpar{\flushright \checkoddpage
\ifoddpage \flushleft \fi
\textit{#1}}}


I am not happy with this though. It feels complicated... Do I really have to create my own \mymarginpar?

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In asking this question I though I was asking something trivial but judging from the two answers I have received 3 hours after asking the question I am beginning to think this was not so... suprised –  jonalv Mar 11 '11 at 16:05

\sideparform is not used by \marginpar, as the name suggest it is used within the \sidepar. Memoir has several margin writing macros, and in the case of \marginpar we actually use the \marginpar base from the LaTeX kernel, thus we currently offer no manner of customization for it. We may change this in the future. For now assuming you do not use the optional argument in \marginpar, this may be useful (requires the latest memoir):

\marginparmargin{outer}
\let\oldmarginpar\marginpar
\renewcommand\marginpar[2][]{%
\oldmarginpar{\mpjustification #2}}


The \marginparmargin is required for \mpjustification to work, it follows the placement and typesets the text flush against the textblock.

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Ah. mpjustification is what I was looking for in my answer... –  Seamus Mar 11 '11 at 13:02
hm I am trying this but I get: "! Undefined control sequence. <argument> \mpjustification" –  jonalv Mar 11 '11 at 15:57
I am getting undefined control sequence \marginparmargin When I do this. –  Seamus Mar 11 '11 at 17:04
@seamus please update your LaTeX installation, your memoir is too old –  daleif Mar 11 '11 at 17:38
Wow, I reread you answer for the -- hm actually I don't know how many times I have read it but anyway -- and I realized that maybe I should try using the \sidepar command instead. Now things actually works much better and I can even set margin notations next to floats! I was on the completely wrong track... I am not able to get your code example to work but the first sentence of your answer made me think of the solution so I am going to mark this as accepted answer and be done with it :) –  jonalv Mar 11 '11 at 18:04

Memoir defines \sidepar which acts more or less like \marginpar and it also defines \sidebar (with a b) which set at the top of the page block for the page they are on. For \sidebar but not \sidepar memoir defines commands to set the text:

\documentclass{memoir}

\begin{document}

\renewcommand*{\sidebarform}{\raggedright}
\renewcommand*{\sidebarfont}{\itshape}

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ultrices eros vel ligula bibendum pretium. Ut quis purus tempus turpis
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magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Donec nibh libero,
interdum sit amet ultricies pretium, vulputate sit amet odio. Nunc quam
nisi, lacinia ac pulvinar et, fermentum quis enim. Suspendisse eu blandit
lectus. Nulla neque urna, molestie ut faucibus et, suscipit porta metus. In
hac habitasse platea dictumst. Maecenas orci ligula, mattis eu malesuada
ut, hendrerit a sem. Maecenas venenatis dapibus massa quis tempor.
Vestibulum lobortis mattis mi, at molestie sem accumsan vitae.
\sidebar{ Lorem ipsum o dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit.}

\end{document}



The easiest way to do what you want is perhaps define your own wrapper for marginpars like so:

\newcommand\mymarginpar[1]{\marginpar{\textit{\flushleft #1}}}


This should work as you want... Although it will always flush left, so that's not going to work with two-sided setups... Let me think about that one.

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Yea I guess this works, but I was not expecting to have to wrap marginpar in a new command to be able to change the styling of it. I guess next problem is how to make it behave nicely on two-sided setups... –  jonalv Mar 11 '11 at 16:04