When printing double-sided documents, I currently setup mirroring with \setuppagenumbering[alternative=doublesided, location=]. This seems odd, since the parameter is not solely about page numbers but rather page layout generally.

In the documentation, I found reference to both \setuplayout[location=doublesided] and \setuplayout[location=duplex], but neither seems to affect how rights and lefts are handled. Is this intended behavior, or am I doing something incorrectly?

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    \setuppagenumbering[alternative=doublesided] is the right way to get double sided documents. I don't know what was the rationale for including this in pagenumbering.
    – Aditya
    Jan 13, 2018 at 4:52
  • Thanks @Aditya and @Henri-Menke. I saw the part about \setuppagenumbering[alternative=doublesided], but I was hoping that the \setuplayout[location=doublesided] might also work. What does that latter command do then? I can't find any explanation in the documentation.
    – MalFet
    Jan 14, 2018 at 2:18
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    When you different page and paper sizes (e.g. \setuppapersize[A5][A4]) you can control the position of the page on the paper with \setuplayout[location=...]. Jan 14, 2018 at 13:30

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is the documented way how to get a double sided page layout, see

1 The old beginner's manual is not very specific about that.


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