I am creating a simple page layout for a book, which should have 1 cm margins along the top, bottom, and edge, but leave 3 cm in the middle margin, where the pages will be glued together.

 _____________________  _
|  ____    |    ____  | _ 1cm
| |    |   |   |    | |
| |    |   |   |    | |
| |____|   |   |____| | _
|__________|__________| _ 1cm

| |    |   |   |    | |
 1cm     3cm 3cm     1cm

I have thoroughly tested many options described in the new page design manual, but nothing worked as expected. This example is the closest I have gotten:

\setuppapersize[A5][A4, landscape]


\setuplayout[grid=yes, margin=10mm, leftmargin=5mm, width=103mm, rightmargin=5mm, backspace=30mm, topspace=10mm, top=5mm, header=0mm, height=190mm, footer=0mm, bottom=5mm, bottomspace=0mm, backspace=30mm]

    \input knuth
    \input knuth
    \input knuth
    \input knuth
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1 Answer 1


You just need to enable doublesided layout. For some strange reason, this option is hidden in \setuppagenumbering.


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