# Syntax for memoir's \medievalpage command

I'm trying to use the memoir class \medievalpage command and cannot get it to work. Here is my effort:

\documentclass[12pt]{memoir}
\usepackage{lipsum}
\medievalpage
\checkandfixthelayout

\begin{document}
\lipsum
\end{document}

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Your example seems to do what it is supposed to do. What exactly do you mean with "cannot get it to work"? –  lockstep May 21 '12 at 18:15
I get a single page with a block text area, rather than two columns of text. –  mokane May 21 '12 at 18:20
\medievaltext only sets the page margins, but doesn't switch to twocolumn mode. Try \documentclass[12pt,twocolumn]{memoir}. –  lockstep May 21 '12 at 18:22
Ah, OK. Medieval texts always seemed to be in two columns, I thought it automatically provided that functionality. –  mokane May 21 '12 at 18:28

The \medievalpage, sets the page geometry to comply with classic page proportions. To get it to two column use:

  \documentclass[twoside,twocolumn]{memoir}
\medievalpage
\checkandfixthelayout


This should give a page similar to the image below:

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How do you put all those lines and frames? Is there a package for that? –  Harish Kumar May 21 '12 at 23:34
@HarishKumar I am busy writing it:) –  Yiannis Lazarides May 22 '12 at 2:43
That sounds exciting. When can we expect to get it? Soon? –  Harish Kumar May 22 '12 at 22:46
@HarishKumar Possibly this weekend I will put it up at Git. –  Yiannis Lazarides May 23 '12 at 0:25
I am eagerly waiting to use it. Pl. notify it. –  Harish Kumar May 23 '12 at 0:26

\medievalpage only sets the page margins, but doesn't switch to twocolumn mode -- for the latter, you have to add the twocolumn class option. Additionally, I suggest to enlarge the space between columns (LaTeX's default value of 10pt is too small IMO) and to load the microtype package -- its protrusion and font expansion features result in better line breaks for small columns.

\documentclass[12pt,twocolumn]{memoir}

\medievalpage
\checkandfixthelayout

\setlength{\columnsep}{20pt}

\usepackage{microtype}

\usepackage{lipsum}

\begin{document}

\lipsum

\end{document}

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