I want to adopt the philosophy "typeset once, produce any size". It means that from the beginning I specify the minimum paper size (e.g., A6) and configure the contents to best suit the paper dimension. Once the development phase has completed, I can compile the input file to produce PDF outputs with any larger size (e.g., A5 and A4) only by changing the paperwidth and paperheight.

Assume that I am satisfied with the font and graphics dimensions so re-scaling is no longer needed for printing in any larger paper size.

This is my response for Yiannis Lazarides' comment: I want to produce A6 for iPod, A5 for iPad and A4 for printout/on-screen.


Are settings that best suit contents for a smaller paper size guaranteed not to produce underfull/overfull warnings for a larger paper size?

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    No, in general. With small line length you'll have to solve many overfull and underfull problems, that wouldn't appear with larger line length, which will pose new ones, instead. – egreg Jun 14 '11 at 18:10
  • .. puzzled, why would you want all these different paper sizes? Normally one would have a screen version and another for paper. – Yiannis Lazarides Jun 14 '11 at 18:52

In general, it is not possible as egreg mentioned. You can expand the code below, though to cater for various sizes and have all the corrections in one place. Here I used \ifpdf, but you can define your own conditionals \ifafour, \ifathree etc., in a similar fashion. Strange, you want A4 for screen I normally go smaller.

\newfont{\HUGE}{cmr17 at 96pt}
  \pdfpageheight 7.5in 
  \pdfpagewidth 4.625in
\put(-0.625,0){\framebox(6.2,7.25){\HUGE \textcolor{purple}{A}}}
\put(5.875,5.625){\parbox[t]{15em}{\Huge \noindent LITTLE GIFT\linebreak
\raggedright FOR ALL\linebreak
\TeX nicians\linebreak
{\small \sc by}\\
{\footnotesize Author of ``Gala Day Luncheons''}\\
\vspace*{18.5 ex}
BEIJING\phantom{ZZZZZ,}\hfill\raisebox{0.5ex}{$\bullet$}\hfill THE PANDA\linebreak
CHINA~~~~\hfill\raisebox{0.5ex}{$\bullet$}\hfill PRESS
{\em Copyright, $\mit 2011$}\\[5pt]
{\sc By Xport \& Company}\\
{\em All rights reserved}\\
{\sc A little cook book}\\
%{\sc for a little girl}\\
Made in China
                           {\scriptsize FOR}\\
                {\large \bf Knuth, Lamport and Carlisle}\\
                   {\footnotesize AND THE REST\\
                     OF THE CROWD THAT LOVES\\


\chapter{My Recipes}
  • @xport Think about the future, me reading your work on a laptop at the beach! – Yiannis Lazarides Jun 14 '11 at 19:43
  • @Yiannis: A6 and A5 are for the future. – xport Jun 14 '11 at 19:51
  • @xport You can simplify quite a bit with the geometry package. I was just too lazy to look up the manual:) – Yiannis Lazarides Jun 14 '11 at 19:54

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