# eledpar — parallel columns not being set

I am trying to use eledpar to typeset paragraphs in two languages in parallel, in columns on the same page, but am having no success. Minimal working example:

%!TEX TS-program = xelatex
%!TEX encoding = UTF-8 Unicode
\documentclass[11pt,asymmetric]{article}
\usepackage{geometry}
\geometry{letterpaper}

\usepackage{eledmac}
\usepackage{eledpar}
\usepackage{lipsum}

\begin{document}

\begin{pairs}
\begin{Leftside}{\lipsum[1]}
\end{Leftside}

\begin{Rightside}{\lipsum[1]}
\end{Rightside}
\Columns
\end{pairs}

\end{document}


Here is the output:

Version and environment:

Mac OS: 10.8.4

eledmac:

revision:    31251
cat-version: 1.5/1.4
cat-date:    2013-07-20 17:09:33 +0200


Note: This issue was raised among several others in a post from 2011 but doesn't seem to have been answered there.

• Try paracol package... – karlkoeller Aug 12 '13 at 6:16
• Thanks, @karlkoeller. In the end I settled on longtable for my current project. But I would like to understand why what I have done with ledpar isn't working. – brannerchinese Aug 12 '13 at 10:04

The eledpar package must be used in combination with command of the eledmac package. These commands are :

• \beginnumbering \endnumbering to set a numbered text.
• \pstart \pend to set a unit. These unit are to be defined to allow to have the right //ism.

\begin{pairs}

\begin{Leftside}
\beginnumbering
\pstart
\lipsum[1]
\pend
\endnumbering
\end{Leftside}

\begin{Rightside}
\beginnumbering
\pstart
\lipsum[1]
\pend
\endnumbering
\end{Rightside}
\Columns
\end{pairs}


See the ¶ 2.1 of eledpar documentation.

• So these are not optional. I had assumed that since I don't want numbering, I could just omit them, but now I see (actually in ¶ 2 of the docs), that only numbered text is set in parallel. That had not been clear at all! – brannerchinese Aug 12 '13 at 17:37
• If you don't want numbering, you can use the option \numberlinefalse (see ¶3.1 of the eledmac documentation). But the pstart system is need to have the right //ism ... and the pstart system need beginnumbering. – Maïeul Aug 12 '13 at 19:22