# Problem with option border of class standalone

I tested a MWE given in question Standalone producing cropped / truncated formulae. Following the documentation (page 9) I used the class option border={left right bottom top} with left=right=top=0pt and bottom=20pt (20pt only to show the effect here).

With the version 2012/09/15 v1.1b of standalone and the following MWE I get no 20 pt margin at the bottom of my picture. What is the problem?

MWE:

\documentclass[%
% border=1pt
border={0pt 0pt 20pt 0pt} %left right bottom top
]{standalone}% http://ctan.org/pkg/standalone
\begin{document}
$2^5 = x_5 \times y^8$
\end{document}


It seems that the given order for option border:

left right bottom top

is wrong.

Exchange the position of 20pt in line 3 of the given MWE in the question and you can see that the right order is:

left bottom right top

Is this an error in the code or in the documentation? I will ask the autor.

The complete MWE is:

\documentclass[%
% border=1pt
border={0pt 20pt 0pt 0pt} % left bottom right top
]{standalone}% http://ctan.org/pkg/standalone
\begin{document}
$2^5 = x_5 \times y^8$
\end{document}


to receive a picture with a bottom margin of 20pt (to have the heading not so close to the picture).

• it appears to me that the error is in the documentation. logically, left right bottom top just proceeds left-right-down-up, so it doesn't really cover all four sides, whereas left bottom right top "draws" a rectangle counterclockwise around the boundary. please do notify the author. – barbara beeton Jul 13 '13 at 14:47
• @MartinScharrer: well, how about fixing it upstream then? :) it's still wrong in your bitbucket (>4 years later). – stefanct Nov 10 '17 at 15:18
• @stefanct: Sorry, I'm rather busy and didn't coded any LaTeX for a while. But I corrected it now: bitbucket.org/martin_scharrer/standalone/commits/… – Martin Scharrer Mar 24 '18 at 17:19
• When I posted my duplicate question, I was not aware of your question. Interestingly, I didn't even receive any notification that my question is a duplicate. Anyway, this is just to say sorry that I missed your question. – user121799 Mar 24 '18 at 23:10