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I am using the scrartcl class for a bunch of documents and I would like to start every \section (including \tableofcontents) on even-numbered pages. I am using custom headers, so I would also be grateful if the pages between the end of a section and the start of another one (if they exist) to be relatively blank (i.e., showing the foot and not showing the header).

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Here's one possibility using etoolbox to patch \section to include \cleardoubleevenstandardpage:

\documentclass[twoside=semi]{scrartcl}
\usepackage{etoolbox}

\pretocmd{\section}{\cleardoubleevenstandardpage}{}{}

\begin{document}

\tableofcontents
\section{Test Section One}
\section{Test Section Two}

\end{document}

The value semi for twoside results in a double-sided typesetting with single-sided margins. For the requirement about the "empty" pages, perhaps it would be better to use \cleardoubleevenemptypage:

\documentclass[twoside=semi]{scrartcl}
\usepackage{etoolbox}

\pretocmd{\section}{\cleardoubleevenemptypage}{}{}

\begin{document}

\tableofcontents
\section{Test Section One}
\section{Test Section Two}

\end{document}
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It works flawlessly, but is there any option to accomplish it without using twoside on the documentclass? Or keeping it but avoiding the typical margins left/right marigns of two-sided documents (i.e., I want all the pages to be aligned in the same way)? –  Alfredo Hernández Dec 3 '12 at 20:29
    
Ok, I'm using '\usepackage[hmarginratio=1:1]{geometry}' to get odd and even pages using the same margins. But I don't understand how to use '\cleardoubleevenusingstyle{<page style>}'. Where should I put it? –  Alfredo Hernández Dec 3 '12 at 21:07
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@AlfredoHernández \cleardoubleevenusingstyle{<page style>} must be used instead of \cleardoubleevenstandardpage in my example code; so, you should use \pretocmd{\section}{\cleardoubleevenusingstyle{<page style>}}{}{} in the preamble (of course, changing <page style> to the desired page style). Also, perhaps using twoside=semi might solve the margin issue without the geometry package. Please see my updated answer. –  Gonzalo Medina Dec 3 '12 at 21:22
    
Everything works fine, except for the \cleardoubleevenusingstyle{<page style> part. This is how my code looks like: paste.ubuntu.com/1408909 I don't know what I am doing wrong. –  Alfredo Hernández Dec 3 '12 at 21:43
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@AlfredoHernández since you want the empty page style, then simply using \cleardoubleevenemptypage is better (see the second example code in my updated answer). Also, the KOMA-Script classes offer their own mechanism to build headers (using scrpage2 instead of fancyhdr); please refer to the documentation. –  Gonzalo Medina Dec 3 '12 at 21:53

An example how you can do it without option twoside shows the following MWE (and without changing right and left margins):

%http://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/85382
\documentclass[%
  paper=a4
%,twoside
%,open=left
]{scrartcl}  % scrartcl scrreprt

\usepackage{blindtext}

\begin{document}

\tableofcontents

%\ifthispageodd{right}{left}
\ifthispageodd{\newpage}{\newpage~\newpage}
%\chapter{Chapter One}
\section{Test Section One}
\blindtext[3]
\ifthispageodd{\newpage}{\newpage~\newpage}
\section{Test Section Two}
\blindtext[3]
\ifthispageodd{\clearpage}{\cleardoublepage}
%\chapter{Chapter Two}

\end{document}

Macro \ifthispageodd is defined in KOMA-Script. With \newpage I go to the next side, with \newpage~\newpage (~ is important to get a second page!) I insert one blank page.

With package etoolbox you can use the following MWE:

%http://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/85382
\documentclass[%
  paper=a4
]{scrartcl}  % scrartcl scrreprt

\usepackage{blindtext}

\usepackage{etoolbox}
\pretocmd{\section}{\ifthispageodd{\newpage}{\newpage~\newpage}}{}{}

\begin{document}

\tableofcontents

\section{Test Section One}
\blindtext[3]
\section{Test Section Two}
\blindtext[3]
\end{document}
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