I am polishing my thesis document. It is based on a custom style derived from report and it is supposed to deliver different sizes of margins on odd and even pages, however it doesn't work. In the .cls class someone attempted to fix this issue:

\setlength{\oddsidemargin}{0.5in}  % really 1.5in
\setlength{\evensidemargin}{0.5in}  % really 1.5in

but it doesn't seem to work at all, i.e. when I change the values the document looks the same.The class file is available here. How can I make it work?

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    You may need to pass the twopage option to report: \documentclass[twopage]{report}. You should still provide a MWE to use with the provided class file, though. Jun 15, 2014 at 19:22
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    or in this case, \documentclass[a4paper,plainchapterheads,yschapters,twoside]{ICMathsThesis}
    – srao
    Jun 15, 2014 at 19:43
  • @SeanAllred, it doesn't work sadly. Latex warns that twopage option is not recognised.
    – Grzenio
    Jun 17, 2014 at 19:07
  • @srao, unfortunately this doesn't have any effect. I found a comment in the class file: if we use the twoside option, we break the spacing rules, but it doesn't say how to get it to work...
    – Grzenio
    Jun 17, 2014 at 19:08
  • As an aside, if they knew how to get it to work, they would have implemented it. It would really help if you posted a minimal document using this class so we can help you. Jun 17, 2014 at 19:09

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Using the twoside option seems to work fine for me, unless I am missing something. Here's a MWE:

\documentclass[a4paper,plainchapterheads,yschapters,twoside, truedoublelespace]{ICMathsThesis}

\title{High Accuracy Methods for the Solution to Two Point Boundary Value
\author{Steven David Capper}



Note that I am using the following settings in the .cls file for illustration purpose.

\setlength{\oddsidemargin}{0.9in}  % odd page left margin = 1 inch + \oddsidemargin ==> http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/LaTeX/Page_Layout#Page_dimensions ; this can be negative
\setlength{\evensidemargin}{0.5in}  % even page left margin = 1 inch + \evensidemargin ; this can be negative

With truedoublespace option: doublespace

With singlespace option: singlespace

  • Is there any scientific way to make it symmetric, i.e. the left margin on the odd pages should be the same as the right margin on even pages?
    – Grzenio
    Jun 18, 2014 at 19:33
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    It should be easy to calculate :) My understanding is that pagewidth = textwidth + [(\oddsidemargin or \evensidemargin) + 1 inch] + right margin`
    – srao
    Jun 18, 2014 at 20:31
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    So how can I check what are pagewidth, textwidth or right margin in this particular case?
    – Grzenio
    Jun 19, 2014 at 10:24
  • Pagewidth is the width of the page (a4paper in this case), textwidth is set in the .cls file as shown above. Right margin can then be easily calculated from these values.
    – srao
    Jun 19, 2014 at 11:56

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