I am writing a big thesis in computer science. I use geometry package for the page layout.

For the font size, I hesitate between 11pt and 12pt. Let's assume I use 12pt here.

Because I want the page to be wide enough to hold long formulas, I think 2cm to the left/right border is fine. But if I set \usepackage[a4paper, margin=2cm]{geometry}, I feel that the top margin and the bottom margin are too small.

Are there some conventional parameters for them, for a thesis (or a book) in computer science, where long formulas don't have to be split very often (wide enough)? I just want to make it pleasant and easy to read...

Also, which one is better between 11pt and 12pt?

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    Use the hmargin=2cm option: this leaves vmargin untouched. In my opinion, 11pt is fine (it's often the size chosen by professional typographers, thouh this may depend on the font used in document). – Bernard May 16 '15 at 9:38
  • Then, do you think 2cm is the conventional horizontal margin? I just want the document to be wide enough, but i am not sure if 2cm is the norm... – SoftTimur May 16 '15 at 18:29
  • Don't forget the referee may want to add annotations in the margin. I have no ideas for computer science. I only can tell you for ordinary (traditional) books and traditional French typography, I would use as an optional argument to geometry; [textwidth=157.75mm, textheight=234mm, marginratio={4:6,5:7}, nomarginpar] . Also, don't forget the inner margin has to be about half the outer margin. – Bernard May 16 '15 at 18:42

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