# Problems with footer size using KOMA (scrlayer-scrpage)

I want to generate a document (scrbook) with a header including the section title and page number, and without anything in the footer. The generation of this header isn't a problem, but it's very high on the page, while there is a lot of white space for the empty footer.
I am aware that my use of DVI=12 influences especially the position of the header line, but reducing this results in margins that seem very wide - and still a huge footer area. Is there any way to adjust the heights of header and footer to get more space for the header and less for the footer? I'm not sure where to put the headheight option, as it doesn't seem to do anything when in the \documentclass[], which was the only example I could find.

\documentclass[a4paper, twoside, BCOR=15mm, 11pt, numbers=noenddot, DIV=12]{scrbook}
\usepackage[english]{babel}

\usepackage{blindtext}

\begin{document}

\blinddocument

\end{document}


Loading the scrbook-class with the option headinclude=true (and eventually footinclude=true) may help:

\documentclass[a4paper, headinclude=true, footinclude=true, twoside, BCOR=15mm, 11pt, numbers=noenddot, DIV=12]{scrbook}
\usepackage[english]{babel}

\usepackage{blindtext}

\begin{document}

\blinddocument

\end{document}


The rest is the intended layout, the space above the heading should be 50 per cent of the space after the footer according to traditional typographical theory.

If this is not enough for you, you may load geometry instead of scrlayer-scrpage, but then you may lose some functionality.

• I think, it would be better to use headinclude=true, footinclude=false. Or use headsepline as class option. Then option headinclude=true is set automatically. Note that geometry can not replace scrlayer-scrpage. But you can load package geometry additionally and use its options or command \geometry to set the margins. – esdd Nov 30 '16 at 21:12
• Thank you! Adding headinclude=true and footinclude=true already did a good job to move the header to the right position, but footinclude=false is even better. :-) – Lilith-Elina Dec 4 '16 at 10:29
• @Lilith-Elina If footinclude=false is better, probably depend on what you have in the footer. The header and footer should normally be part of the page calculation if they comprise of more than the page number. Nice that my answer helped you. – Sveinung Dec 4 '16 at 16:55
• @Sveinung I don't have anything in the footer, so leaving it out made more sense for me. – Lilith-Elina Dec 6 '16 at 12:33