# Independent left and right columns

I'm trying to write something with two columns that spans multiple pages.

I want to put one thing in the left side and one in the right side. Is there ``proper'' way of doing this, or should I just try and bodge it with tabular/table?

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Should the columns be independent so that they contain separate texts or does `twocolumn`, e.g. `\documentclass[twocolumn]{article}`, work for you? –  N.N. Oct 20 '11 at 13:54
yeah, independent in the not-twocolumn sense. –  Lucas Oct 20 '11 at 13:58
Then your question seems to be technically similar too tex.stackexchange.com/questions/30410/… –  N.N. Oct 20 '11 at 14:04
Perhaps the `changepage` package is what you're after? It provides the `adjustwidth` environment. –  Werner Oct 20 '11 at 14:17
Thanks guys. Still, both of these seem to be treating the two columns like a margin + text (unless I'm wrong about this). –  Lucas Oct 20 '11 at 14:21

Looking at CTAN by Topic I've found reference to

• parallel: Provides a parallel environment which allows two potentially different texts to be typeset in two columns, while maintaining alignment. The two columns may be on the same page, or on facing pages.

• parcolumns: Provides an environment for typesetting text in two or more parallel columns (as for example, in a multiply translated text)

• paracol: The package provides yet another multi-column typesetting mechanism by which you produce multi-column (e.g., bilingual) document switching and synchronizing each corresponding part in “parallel”.

• parrun: For typesetting translated text and the original source, parallel on the same page, one above the other.

I've never used them but I hope some of them will suit your needs.

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paracol looks like exactly what I was looking for. –  Lucas Oct 20 '11 at 16:58
would vote it up if I had any rep ;) –  Lucas Oct 20 '11 at 17:01
@Lucas: you can still accept Ignasi's answer. –  Gonzalo Medina Oct 21 '11 at 0:51