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I'm using the geometry package to change the header and footer of my page to specific values. Until now, it wasn't possible for me to get the footer in the right dimensions. The header looks has its 17mm, but the footer doesn't. Here is a minimal example which I compile with LuaLaTeX.

\documentclass[paper = a4]{scrartcl} 
\usepackage{blindtext, fontspec}
\usepackage[automark, headsepline, footsepline, plainheadsepline, plainfootsepline]{scrpage2}
\pagestyle{scrheadings}
\usepackage[  includeheadfoot
            , headheight = 17mm
            , footskip = 17mm
            , tmargin = 0mm
            , bmargin = 0mm
            , verbose
           ]{geometry}

\begin{document}
\Blinddocument
\end{document}

Do you have an idea, how to get a footer with 17 mm, too?

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    I guess that footskip is not the footer size. I guess that it is the space between the text and the footer.
    – Sigur
    Apr 29, 2013 at 15:17
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    geometry dutifully does what you ask it to: the baseline of the footer is just on the bottom margin of the paper.
    – egreg
    Apr 29, 2013 at 15:32

1 Answer 1

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You want that the distance of the footline separator from the bottom is 17mm. Thus you have to do the computation in a different way:

\documentclass[paper = a4]{scrartcl}
\usepackage{blindtext,fontspec}
\usepackage[automark, headsepline, footsepline,
  plainheadsepline, plainfootsepline]{scrpage2}
\pagestyle{scrheadings}

\normalfont\normalsize
\usepackage[
  includehead,
  headheight = 17mm,
  footskip = \dimexpr\headsep+\ht\strutbox\relax,
  tmargin = 0mm,
  bmargin = \dimexpr17mm+2\ht\strutbox\relax,
]{geometry}

\begin{document}
\Blinddocument
\end{document}

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  • Thank you! However, why is it so easy for the head and much more complex for the footer?
    – Dirk
    Apr 29, 2013 at 16:28
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    @Dirk LaTeX outputs a top margin, the header in a box of the required height, the header separation, the type block and finally leaves the \footskip space and typesets the footer line. There is no "footer box" of a predetermined height. geometry uses the bmargin specification to compute the type block size.
    – egreg
    Apr 29, 2013 at 16:31

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